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Milliken Floor Covering Named Sustainability Mentor Of The Year

Spartanburg-based textile and chemical manufacturer Milliken & Company has received Mentor of the Year awards from the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia for Milliken Floor Covering’s Live Oak Complex and Hillside Plant in LaGrange, Ga. Each year, the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia presents the award to an organization that is helping the state become more sustainable by educating other companies on the benefits of environmental improvements such as pollution reduction.

“Milliken & Company’s Live Oak Complex and Hillside Plant worked together to mentor local medical facilities, municipalities, businesses and organizations on the importance of pollution reduction,” said Suzanne Burnes, assistant director of Georgia’s Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P2AD) and manager of the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia.  “We look to see other organizations in Georgia follow their lead.”

The Live Oak Complex and Hillside Plant carpet manufacturing facilities joined the Partnership in 2006 as a Gold Level partner, the highest achievement level. Gold Level organizations can retain membership for life, as long as they continue to demonstrate improvement. Milliken Floor Covering, whose carpet products have been certified carbon-neutral, employs alternative energy in its operation and since 1999 has sent no waste to landfills.

P2AD, a non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, created the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia to promote environmental leadership and acknowledge excellence in environmental performance. Membership in the partnership is free of charge and open to any organization or business that operates in Georgia.

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