I never met Ray Anderson, though really wanted to. Ray began implementing best practices of sustainability early in his corporation's business (manufacturing carpet tiles), and before today's mesh of sustainability support networks were in place to offer him corporate & shareholder cover.
Named the Green Industrialist by TIME earlier this year, Ray said: "From my experience, it's a false choice between the economy and ecology. We can have both—and we have to have both."
I was unfamiliar with his major influences in sustainable manufacturing until relatively recently. Hunter Lovins, another icon from the sustainability movement, spoke highly and often of Ray, in the Principles of Sustainability MBA course this past year we taught joined by Gil Friend. In coming days, more will be written about Ray's vision and learnings he shared widely. I'll be among those paying attention to these--and I expect will learn a lot.