The Ray is named in honor of Ray C. Anderson, a pioneering green industrialist from Interface, the first company to produce free-lay carpet tiles in America. The Ray is the next leap in that journey, born of the question: What if we start over and reimagine the way we connect our communities, our lives, and our world in a way that’s safer, more responsive to the climate, more regenerative to the environment, more uplifting to the spirit and more capable of generating economic opportunity—today and for generations! The Ray is a proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future, and it starts at home: on 16 miles of West Georgia’s I-85, and the land and communities surrounding it, where Ray built his company and his life. By innovating from the ground up, they are creating a corridor that reconnects and restores us, paving the way to a safer and more prosperous future for all. Their mission is simple: Zero deaths. Zero waste. Zero carbon. Zero impact
The Ray has installed solar-powered vehicle charging centers, tire safety check stations, and solar-paved highways. They are working hard to set a new standard for roadways worldwide.
The Ray is founded on the principle of corporate social responsibility. Ray C. Anderson, Ray’s namesake, pioneered the idea of sustainability in business. In 1997 he made the commitment to build tomorrow’s sustainable company, “with zero scraps going to the landfill and zero emissions into the ecosystem.” This fundamental principle leads The Ray’s vision to be a net zero highway. They recognize that highways are among the most environmentally damaging infrastructures in the world, which is why they have gone above and beyond to ensure they are continuously improving the safety, beauty, and ecology of their 18-mile stretch of I-85.
Their dedication to sustainable roadways is evident through their involvement in the Georgia Sponsor A Highway® program. They are working to maintain clean roadways by financially sponsoring litter removal and beautification along ten highway miles in LaGrange & Westpoint, GA, along the 085, both northbound and southbound.
The Georgia Sponsor A Highway® program is an environmentally responsible program. The financial sponsorship of 1 mile stretch of highways enables the AHMC crew to carry out litter removal every month.
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