Lewis Perkins is a champion for sustainability personally and professionally. As the Senior Vice President at the Institute, Perkins drives the organization movement in the textile and apparel sector. Prior to joining the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Lewis consulted companies both big and small on creating programs and awareness for environmental and social initiatives. Perkins led the "green" charge as director of sustainable strategies for The Mohawk Group, a leading carpet manufacturer and commercial division of Mohawk Industries. He continues draw on this passion and experience to help advance the Institutes mission of scaling Cradle to Cradle Product Certification worldwide.
Over the past two decades, Perkins has served in a strategic role with such organizations as The Clean Air Campaign, 360i, USWeb/CKS, and The Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center. Perkins holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing and strategy with a focus on social responsibility from Goizueta Business School, Emory University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University.
His passion for nonprofit work has put him in an advisory or leadership role with EarthShare of Georgia, The Green Chamber of The South, and The Captain Planet Foundation. Perkins has been a featured speaker on sustainability at 2009 Forbes Magazine Green Visionary Series, Sustainable Brands, LOHAS Forum, The White House Council for Environmental Quality GreenGov Symposium in 2010 and for the 53rd & 54th Annual Grammy Awards Green Summit panel.