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Radical Industrialists

Radical Industrialists

In this blog, the sustainability leaders at Interface, Inc. -- arguably the company that has done the most to embrace sustainability as a business driver -- share their insights and expertise from their climb up Mt. Sustainability.

Radical Industrialists Contributors


Lindsay James is the vice president of restorative enterprise for Interface, the global sustainability leader and the world's largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile. She is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and serves as the biomimicry expert for Interface, where she expands its thought leadership and sustainability vision, aligns the company's initiatives with this vision, and creates opportunities to engage Interface associates in the sustainability journey. She works to integrate biomimicry into Interface's sustainability vision and actions and discover a path for business to become restorative. Lindsay is a columnist for GreenBiz. Her Twitter handle is CLindsayJames.

Lindsay is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, with an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. She recently completed the Biomimicry Professional Certificate Program, a master’s level educational program facilitated by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. She also attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in both Economics and Biology. Lindsay’s professional experience includes economic consulting with Analysis Group and environmental economics research with RTI International.


Mikhail Davis is director of restorative enterprise for Interface in San Francisco. Interface is the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet and has promised to eliminate its negative impact on the environment by 2020.

Mikhail was previously responsible for strategically leveraging and expanding Interface's thought leadership in sustainability with a focus on the U.S. Pacific and Southwest regions. He has more than 14 years of experience as a strategic adviser, analyst, designer and manager for sustainability programs in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. His favorite sustainability challenges to tackle include: unlikely stakeholder alliances, greener chemicals and materials, and closed loop systems.

His previous work includes three years as personal manager to environmental icon David Brower (an original member of Interface's "Eco Dream Team" in the late '90s) and five years with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting building sustainable business strategies for Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Waste Management, Bunge and Staples. He holds a B.S. in earth systems from Stanford University.


Nadine Gudz is the Director of Sustainability Strategy at InterfaceFLOR Canada.

Nadine is responsible for leveraging and expanding InterfaceFLOR’s sustainability leadership through education and community engagement. She also leads Interface’s global organizational learning team.

Before joining InterfaceFLOR, Nadine was teaching in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and served as a research fellow with IRIS, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability.


Melissa Vernon is the Director of Sustainable Strategy for InterfaceFLOR, the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet, which has promised to eliminate its negative impact on the environment by 2020.

Melissa has a passion for learning, teaching, and developing talent in others. She is a skilled researcher, speaker, and trainer with deep expertise in environmental education and corporate sustainability. Currently, Melissa is working with internal and external experts to build a robust Organizational Learning culture within Interface. Melissa joined Interface Research Corporation in 2002 and has helped guide the evolution of the "Extreme Green Team" of sustainability experts at Interface since then. Her previous work was in environmental education with AmeriCorps as part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Shedd Aquarium.

Melissa is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, with an MBA from the Business School and a Master's in Science from the School of Natural Resources & Environment.