This last Saturday in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood while many where laying around waiting for football kick-off, one Chicago business owner took it upon himself to make a difference. This difference was not only felt in Chicago neighborhoods where discarded trees provided additional eyesores in Lakeview alleyways, but this difference was also felt by Mother Earth.
Sustainability is the movement where we try to limit our footprint on the environment and is a crucial undertaking in order to stop the adverse effects of climate change. Matt Lederer from Mahoganey Builders cleared 400-500 trees this past Saturday in the Lakeview neighborhood.
As a business leader and a human being, Matt is providing and important example of how one person can make a difference. Not everyone needs to individually clear 400-500 trees saving them from landfills and instead processing into organic mulch to make a difference. We can all make a difference individually by doing little things like recycling, using canvas bags at the grocery store, or changing light fixtures to more energy efficient bulbs.
Thanks Matt for making a difference in the Chicago area and providing a positive role model for businesses and individuals. Chicago and the world is a better place thanks to your efforts.
Read the press release below for more details:
CHICAGO, IL(January 7, 2012) – It’s beginning to look at lot less like Christmas in Lakeview today. That’s because, for the fourth year, Lakeview-based home remodeling firm Mahogany Buildersis having its annual tree recycling event. Mahogany Builders staff, Alderman Tom Tunney, and neighborhood volunteers are picking up trees left in the alley throughout Lakeview and transporting them to one of the city’s 23 mulching sites.
Residents are also invited to drop their tree off at the parking lot adjacent to James G. Blaine Elementary School, located at 1420 W. Grace St., starting at 10 a.m.
This recycling event began as a personal initiative of Mahogany Builders’ owner Matt Lederer, who also lives in Lakeview. “Each year when I brought my own tree to one of the city’s recycling drop-off locations, I’d grab others I saw in the alley. Then, four years ago, we decided to make it an ‘official’ event using resources from Mahogany Builders, and it has grown tremendously since then,” Lederer said.
Last year’s event collected more than 600 trees, 100 percent of which were turned into organic mulch and Lederer said their goal is to top that number. “As a builder and remodeler, I am committed to creating environmentally-friendly environments for my clients, and as a Lakeview resident, I am also committed to creating a greener city,” he said.
Alderman Tom Tunney, who last year joined Lederer in his efforts, said, “The City of Chicago has earned an international reputation as one of the greenest cities in the world and it is events like this and the dedication of individuals like Matt Lederer that have helped earn that reputation. As Alderman, eco-friendly initiatives like this are important to me and our residents. We view every tree that is diverted from a landfill as a small victory.”
About Mahogany Builders: Matt Lederer, owner of Mahogany Builders, has been remodeling homes in the Chicago area for the past 10 years. Lederer switched careers from a corporate project manager after buying his first home. He carried over his skill of keeping meticulous records and updates and uses it for both client reports and with his staff. He takes pride in the fact that his projects will not only be done well, but that they will also be done on time. An established contractor and businessman, Lederer has a team of skilled tradesmen, a dedicated construction manager, a project manager, and in house designer on every project. He loves what he does and it shows, both in the final product, and also in the way he works with his clients and his staff. To view an image gallery of Mahogany Builder’s work visit www.mahoganybuilders.com.
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Photo caption:For the fourth year, Matt Lederer of Mahogany Builders is collecting discarded Christmas trees throughout Lakeview’s alleys to be recycled as part of the city’s recycling program. His company, along with 44th ward Alderman Tom Tunney, as also sponsored a drop-off site at James G. Blaine Elementary School in Lakeview