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Interface and Subaru of America Partner to Advance Sustainable Transportation Initiative

Atlanta, GA, Alabama, Oct. 25 - /EWire/ -- Interface, Inc., a world leader in the commercial interiors industry and Subaru, the best selling all-wheel drive car in America, today announced that they have joined forces to create "climate neutral" incentives for Interface associates in the U.S. who choose to drive Subaru vehicles in keeping with Interface's Mission Zero™ promise, "to eliminate any negative impact that the Interface companies have on the environment by 2020." This groundbreaking partnership is the result of two like-minded, environmentally-focused companies coming together to create and provide measurable and immediate environmental benefits by reducing the overall greenhouse gas emissions associated with Interface's light duty fleet.

"Partnerships like this one have the potential to change the future face of corporate leasing," said Tim Riordan, vice president, supply chain for Interface, Inc. "This arrangement represents a creative and effective effort by an automobile manufacturer to offer climate neutral driving to its customers."

Subaru will sponsor the planting of thousands of trees through AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf program, making the operation of the vehicles "climate neutral" for the first 60,000 miles, and equating to the sequestration of 21.6 metric tons of carbon per vehicle. AMERICAN FORESTS is a world leader in planting for environmental restoration.

Deborah Gangloff, executive director, AMERICAN FORESTS said, "We are proud to be part of this important partnership to cool the globe and improve the environment with trees. Slowing the rate of global climate change is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today. Happily, companies like Interface and Subaru are taking positive action to address this challenge."

The addition of the Subaru Outback Limited Wagon 2.5i to Interface's U.S. fleet has also allowed Interface to fulfill its commitment of making its U.S. light duty fleet 100% SmartWay™ certified. The SmartWay certification, granted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is earned by those light-duty vehicles the EPA considers to be the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicles available when evaluating both air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The Subaru Outback was the highest rated small SUV in the EPA's Green Vehicle Guide.

"The Subaru Outback provided an ideal match for all of the attributes we were seeking," Riordan said. "We chose the Outback because it is a partial zero emissions vehicle (PZEV) that meets the nation's most stringent standards for GHG emissions and because it has earned NHTSA's 5-star crash test rating. Subaru was also able to provide us with an environmentally engineered vehicle with standard all-wheel drive that provides our sales associates with better vehicle control and handling in any kind of weather they might encounter while serving our customers throughout the country. Subaru was also the only manufacturer that would offer Interface PZEV vehicles for guaranteed delivery in any state.

The Subaru Outback is built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana. The Subaru plant was the first auto assembly plant to achieve zero landfill status. In fact, nothing from its manufacturing efforts goes into a landfill. Ninety-nine percent of the waste materials generated by plant operations are either recycled or reused, with the remaining 1 percent being sent to a waste-to-energy plant.

"The average household in America sends more to a landfill than our entire Subaru manufacturing plant," said Tom Easterday, senior vice president, Subaru of Indiana Automotive. "The Subaru plant was also designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation in 2003. Deer, coyotes, beavers, blue herons, geese, rabbits, squirrels, ducks and other animals live on our plant property in harmony with the Subaru manufacturing facility."

Vehicles earning the PZEV emission rating are 90% cleaner running than the average new vehicle, and all of Subaru PZEV vehicles meet California's SULEV (Super-Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle) exhaust emission standard for 15 years/150,000 miles, as well as its zero-evaporative emission standard, and have a 15 year/150,000 mile emission defects and performance warranty.

"These vehicles with PZEV emissions rating have extremely tight pollution controls," added Easterday. "And, the burning of fuel is so complete, that in very smoggy urban areas, exhaust out of the tailpipe can actually be cleaner than the air outside."

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About Subaru of America, Inc. and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2005. Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., (SIA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of FHI. SIA produces the Subaru Legacy, Outback, and the B9 Tribeca. For additional information, visit

About American Forests AMERICAN FORESTS helps people improve the environment with trees and forests and is a world leader in tree planting for environmental restoration. AMERICAN FORESTS is a pioneer in advancing the science and practice of urban forestry and is a primary communicator of the benefits of trees and forests. AMERICAN FORESTS helps people identify, recognize and preserve their special trees, and its community-based initiatives help people plan and implement local actions to restore and maintain healthy ecosystems and communities. For more information, visit

About Interface, Inc. Atlanta-based Interface, Inc. (NASDAQ: IFSIA), is a global leader in the manufacture of environmentally-responsible floorcoverings and other textiles, through brands including Bentley Prince Street®, InterfaceFABRIC™, InterfaceFLOR®, and FLOR™. The company is committed to giving the marketplace a wide range of choices for specifying Earth-friendly and Environmentally Preferable Product-certified products, with the industry's first climate neutral carpet, Cool Carpet™, and the only carpet product designed using the principle of biomimicry, the i2™ collection from InterfaceFLOR Commercial. FLOR offers residential carpet products created from a rapidly renewable, corn-based polymer (polylactic acid - PLA) and InterfaceFABRIC's Terratex® commercial panel and upholstery fabric is made from fibers containing 100% post-consumer recycled polyester or 100% rapidly renewable PLA. For more information, visit

For more information:

Valerie Bennett, Director of Communications – Interface, Inc. 770.803.6902 or OR Lisa Fleming, Communications Manager, Subaru of America, Inc. 856-488-5093 or


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