THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HIS INTENT TO APPOINT RAY C. ANDERSON AS CO-CHAIR OF THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Today the President announced his intent to appoint Ray C. Anderson as Co-Chair of the President's Council on Sustainable Development. Mr. Anderson will be joining Jonathan Lash, President of the World Resources Institute as Co-Chair.
Ray C. Anderson, of Atlanta, Georgia, currently serves as Member of the President's Council on Sustainable Development and is the Chairman and CEO of Interface, Inc., located in Atlanta, Georgia. Interface, Inc., manufactures and sells free-lay carpet tiles, broadloom carpet, interior fabrics, chemicals and architectural products for commercial interiors. It has 26 manufacturing facilities in six countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Holland, Thailand and Australia. Mr. Anderson holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) is charged with proposing recommendations for a national sustainable development strategy that will foster economic vitality, environmental integrity and social equity. On April 25, 1997, the Administration revised the charter for the PCSD and asked the Council to continue its work by forging consensus on policy, demonstrating implementation, advocating sustainable development, and evaluating progress. The Council will advise the President on four specific areas: domestic implementation of policy options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; next steps in building the new environmental management system of the 21st Century; promoting multi-jurisdictional and community cooperation in metropolitan and rural areas; and policies that foster the U.S. leadership role in sustainable development internationally. The Council is looking forward to working on these initiatives and continuing to build consensus on some very challenging issues.