The Hill Institute at Furman hosts talk focused on innovation and sustainability

May 30, 2023

Leaders in innovation and sustainability gathered recently in downtown Greenville to discuss how sustainability can act as a catalyst for innovation. The group, gathered by The Hill Institute at Furman, was part of the Advantage GVL series.

Andrew Predmore, executive director of The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities at Furman, moderated a panel composed of Maurie Lawrence, Milliken’s sustainability vice president and associate general counsel; Mike Haubert, a partner in development and manufacturing at local growth-stage company Mosaic Color and Additives; and Alexa Valdovinos ’25, a Furman student and founder of the startup Monte Valle.

Predmore spoke about the complexity of sustainability. All three panelists agreed that the societal impacts of sustainability are just as important as the environmental impacts. “We must create a culture where everyone is starting to say, ‘There’s got to be a better way,’” Lawrence said.

“The insightful discussions and collaborative atmosphere contributed to a memorable and impactful morning for everyone involved,” said Bryan Davis, executive director of The Hill Institute. “Thank you to all the participants, panelists and attendees for making the event a resounding success.”

Bryan Davis, the Hill Institute at Furman; Mike Haubert, Mosaic Color and Additives; Alexa Valdovinos ’25, a Furman student and founder of Monte Valle; Maurie Lawrence, Milliken; and Andrew Predmore, the Shi Institute at Furman.