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Facility Professionals Recognized By Zeftron nylon

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Environment, Professional Development

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Published on November 16, 2009 with No Comments

Zeftron nylon, a premium nylon 6 commercial carpet yarn system, has announced Paul Westbrook as the winner of its first annual Zeftron nylon Sustainable Practices Award. Announced during this year’s Greenbuild event last week, the award recognizes facility, architect, and design professionals who employ and use sustainable practices in three key areas: at work, at home, and in their communities.

As the winner of this award, Westbrook will receive a $2,000 grand prize donation in his name to an environmentally focused charity.

“Being a fully renewable fiber, Zeftron nylon consistently seeks to place sustainability at the forefront of the commercial interiors marketplace,” said Tim Blount, Zeftron nylon business leader. “We found Paul’s zealous approach to incorporating sustainability in his work, in his home life, and in his community to be exceptionally inspiring.  We applaud Paul for working to achieve a more sustainable planet by employing innovative, environmentally responsible actions in every facet of his life.”

Paul Westbrook, LEED-AP, director of sustainable development at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX

Paul Westbrook, LEED-AP, director of sustainable development at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX

Westbrook, a LEED-AP certified professional, is director of sustainable development at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. His commitment to sustainability at work contributed to one of the company’s facilities receiving LEED Gold Certified status; this was the first semiconductor facility to receive such designation internationally. Westbrook has also helped other facilities within the Texas Instrument international network to achieve LEED certification.

His sustainability achievements at home include successfully designing his own passive/active solar house, which was recognized by National Association of Home Builders for innovative design. In his community, he is committed to teaching and sharing information on sustainable solutions; Westbrook serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, and The University of Texas at Dallas.

For this competition, Zeftron also recognized Joshua Brugeman, sustainability director of J.S. Vig Construction in Ann Arbor, MI, for his commitment to the environment with an Honorable Mention and a $500 donation to an environmental charity of his choice.

The 2010 Zeftron nylon Sustainable Practices Award will launch on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. Information on the competition can be found at

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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