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‘Conversations on the Environment’ speaker series begins Sept. 26

Environmental sustainability expert scheduled as first speaker

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Office of Environmental Quality, a division of the City Manager’s Office, along with several co-sponsors, is beginning a year-long “Conversations on the Environment” speaker series Sept. 26 at Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza.

Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface Inc., a commercial carpet manufacturer and industry leader in environmental sustainability, is scheduled to be the first speaker in the series. The event will be from 5-6:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Anderson is one of the foremost corporate advocates for sustainability, which is the practice of making decisions that simultaneously provide multiple benefits for economic vitality, social equity and environmental quality. Anderson also is featured in actor/director Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie, “The 11th Hour.”

The event is underwritten by BNIM Architects and is co-sponsored by the City of Kansas City, Mo., ASTRA Enterprises, Bridging The Gap, Kansas City Public Television, the Kansas City Public Library and Rainy Day Books.

The “Conversations on the Environment” speaker series plans to host six events over the next year.

For more information about the event, contact Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer, (816) 513-3459 or at

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