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West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host its April education and networking program in Holland this month, featuring the sustainability lead for the world’s largest carpet manufacturer on circular economy issues and sustainability, plus a spotlight on sustainable design features at the new Holland Energy Park. The luncheon is Monday, April 10 at Haworth Inn & Conference Center.

Paul Murray is Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Shaw Industries. Guided by Cradle to Cradle, Shaw’s approach to sustainability focuses on transparency, material health, material reutilization, efficient use of resources, and social responsibility. Shaw has led the establishment of a national infrastructure to reclaim and recycle as much end-of-life carpet as possible. Shaw has reclaimed and recycled more than 900 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006. He will share his unique outlook on holistic approaches to sustainability and the circular economy, as well as his teams role in helping Bill McDonough create and maintain the Cradle to Cradle model for product certification and integrate it into a company’s culture.

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Also on the agenda is a speaker from Environmental Resources Management, which was recently recognized in the Natural World category of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Platinum Award for its work on the new Holland Energy Park. The project is the first power plant and park project to receive an Envision award, the third-party project verification and award program created by the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure to recognize projects that have achieved higher levels of sustainability using Envision, their sustainable infrastructure rating system.

Murray joined Shaw, one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the world producing carpet and other floor coverings for the home and office, in February 2011 after more than 22 years at Herman Miller.  At Herman Miller, a recognized early corporate leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, Mr. Murray served as EH&S and sustainable business practices leader. The Environmental Quality Action Team that he helped establish led Herman Miller to high-profile recognition as an environmentally progressive company, including a Presidential citation and national recognition. Named Herman Miller’s Director of Environmental Safety and Sustainability in 2006, Mr. Murray was also recognized that year in an article for the “green” issue of Vanity Fair entitled “The Re-Inventors: Green Architects and Designers.”  He was recently named a finalist in the 2016 International Circulars Awards.

Murray holds memberships with the Air and Waste Management Association and the National Association of Environmental Managers. He serves on the boards of directors of the Georgia Conservancy and the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). Murray has served on the board of directors for the University of Michigan’s Corporate Environmental Program, Penn State’s School of Business Sustainability Advisory Board and Aquinas College’s Sustainability Program. He has also served on Michigan Environmental Action Council, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, and West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s board of directors.

A LEED-accredited professional, Murray holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

ERM-2April Membership Meeting presented by Environmental Resources Management.

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April Meeting:  Circularity Lessons from Carpet and Cradle to Cradle
Monday, April 10
12 to 2 pm
Haworth Inn & Conference Center
225 College Ave, Holland, 49423
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

**Parking available on campus and at lot across 9th street from Haworth.