We must all commit to a restorative future for our planet."
- Erin Meezan
In 1994, modular carpetmaker Interface shifted the vision and focus of its manufacturing to becoming a sustainable and ultimately restorative enterprise. This transformation changed the company's processes and products, but also its people. A byproduct of the new thinking that this sustainability focus ushered in was a new way of doing business—a changed culture that took hold at all levels of the company, from management teams to factory employees. Interface has acknowledged the importance of this unique culture of sustainability in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees.
As Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels—from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing Interface's one-of-a-kind culture, and also on documenting its evolution.
Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities, and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums, including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility, among others. Erin graduated magna cum laude from the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Master's Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor degree.