Interface joins the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Building upon the profound and intertwining legacies of breakthrough innovation and a deep commitment to the fate of Spaceship Earth, The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) announces a partnership with Ray Anderson’s company, Interface, Inc., to accelerate the development of restorative solutions to the most critical issues facing humanity.

“Although they never met, the synergy between the lives and legacies of Buckminster Fuller and Ray Anderson is extraordinary,” says Elizabeth Thompson, executive director of BFI. “It is only fitting that those of us charged with continuing their work partner and collaborate, and we are pleased to make Interface our first corporate sponsor for that reason.”

Interface is a sponsor of the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, lauded as “socially responsible design’s highest award,” with the intention of investing for the duration of the challenge’s current five-year cycle. This year, Interface has committed a $100,000 program support sponsorship in an agreement that will ultimately result in a finalist or group of finalists from the Buckminster Fuller Challenge having the opportunity to engage with the sustainability, co-innovation and/or R&D teams at Interface to vet and hone their solutions.

As we look to accelerate innovation and progress towards our Mission Zero goals and to honor the lega-cy of our founder, I can think of no better collaboration than one which will bring new thinking based on whole systems design to our company,” says Daniel T. Hendrix, Interface chairman and CEO.

About The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Each year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems. This prize program is a call to the world’s artists, scientists, designers, architects, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs committed to playing a transformative role in addressing the biggest issues we face today. The Challenge opened for entrants on Mar. 1, 2013. Deadline is Apr.12, 2013, at 5 p.m. EST. You can apply at For more information, visit 

About The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well-being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. We aim to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity. For more information, visit

About Interface, Inc.

Established in 1973, Interface, Inc. (NASDAQ: TILE) is the worldwide leader in design, production and sales of en- vironmentally responsible modular carpet, manufactured for the commercial and institutional markets under the Interface® brand, and for consumer markets as FLORTM. To learn more about Interface design and sustainability principles and product innovations visit