Carpet and Rug Institute President WernerBraun’s column titled Valuing our natural resources that appeared December 14, 2012 in the Dalton Daily-Citizen.“The carpet industry has always been very supportive of preserving and protecting the Conasauga Watershed, and many of our CRI members, including Shaw Industries, J&J Industries and Mohawk Industries, are also sponsors of the Conasauga Watershed Cleanup. All of our manufacturing members are represented on the river by their employees who dedicate a Saturday morning to help make our community a better place.
In addition to his work with the Conasauga River Cleanup, For the past three years, CRI’s Director of Regulatory Issues Jeff Carrier has had the chance to become a student again, as a chaperone for middle school students, taking field trips on a yellow school bus to learn more about this amazing natural resource and pass on a little bit of his knowledge to the kids.The Conasauga River is unique in many ways. One of the six most biologically diverse rivers in the country, it is home to 24 endangered species and about a dozen or more imperiled species. The river is home to the Conasauga log perch, a fish found nowhere else in the world. More than 90 species of fish and 25 fresh water mussels live in the Conasauga, making it more diverse than even much larger rivers, including the Colorado.
One thing that makes me certain that the widespread interest in sustainability is a long-term sign of things to come is that it’s being taught in schools,” he reflects. “It’s amazing to me the extent to which sustainability is integrated into the science curriculum of this middle school and many others like it."Seventh-graders are now learning about life cycle analysis and closed-loop manufacturing. My generation was not presented with that information in science education until much later, if at all.”
I encourage everyone to contact a teacher at a local school — any grade or discipline — and offer your support. You’ll be amazed how much benefit you will receive in return!”Thank you, Werner.