Lewis Perkins

For Lewis Perkins, "sustainability" is more than just a buzzword du jour; it's a way of life. As director of sustainable strategies for The Mohawk Group, the commercial division of Mohawk Industries - the world's largest carpeting manufacturer - Perkins was tasked with creating an identity and building awareness around Mohawk's environmental and social responsibility efforts, helping drive initiatives for the importance of sustainable design through strategic networking and partnerships with organizations such as Global Green USA, Easter Seals and Susan G. Komen. Prior to joining The Mohawk Group, he served with The Clean Air Campaign, a non-profit organization that works to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in Georgia, where he saw its sustainability development program grow from infancy into a fully evolved department. Translating his passion for and expertise of sustainability issues into actionable knowledge, Perkins is deeply involved in the eco-community, participating in and leading related and provocative discussions with organizations, associations and individuals also invested in ensuring a healthier future. Among his noted alliances are his participation in the local Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable, his speaking contributions to Sky Radio and his expert blog for FastCompany.com, titled "Semantics of Sustainability" - through all of which Perkins highlights and propels best practices in environmental and social responsibility. Perkins is also involved with the Captain Planet Foundation, helping to advance the environmental education of children. Committed to corporate consciousness since the beginning of his professional career, Perkins began as a champion for social responsibility during his tenure at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, where he was an active leader in Students for Social Responsibility. From there he went to San Francisco to work with Business for Social Responsibility on a community economic development program collaborating with Sprint and The Home Depot. Perkins' academic degrees include a masters in business administration in marketing and strategy with a focus on social responsibility and marketing from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, as well as a bachelor of arts in art history from Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

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