You hear us talking about Mission, Vision and Values a lot at CSR. – it is a key part of us eating our own cooking.  Within our core values, we have one that is delicate in nature: caring.  I say ‘delicate’ because it seems hard to quantify and measure. However, caring drives our commitment and ability to deliver to our clients and selves.

On the personal side of the equation, we also care externally.  Because we are good at what we do (!) we want to share that goodness with others.  Today’s blog will be about the Lifecycle Building Center.  I am blessed to be their current board chair and lead them in their current stage of growth.  In essence, LBC focuses on the following:

  • People: The thrust of their mission is about people. Their mission encompasses reaching out to folks that can use the materials that they are reclaiming so that their lives are improved without busting their budget.
  • Planet: How does LBC does this?  Because of the cool and smart people that are on board with LBC; the connections and linkages to all areas within the Atlanta business community are deep.  Whenever some of these businesses need to do a renovation or raze a building, LBC gets the call.  The team is able to divert the stream of materials from the landfill to their warehouse.  These reclaimed materials (which range from 2x4s to doors to windows and beyond) are then sold to the public at a discount of 50-85% off.
  • Profit: As “the business guy,” my focus is truly on sustainability.  We love donations, but I love the fact that we have a great business model that is generating income to further the organization’s mission.

Lifecycle Building Center is in historic Southwest Atlanta next to the BeltLine and is open throughout the week. To understand the cool factor, take a look at our custom conference table made from a recycled bowling alley lane. Check them out, see what I care about, and get involved!

An Atlanta native, Alex graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Management and received a Master's degree in Information Systems from George Washington University. After a 15-year career in manufacturing, health information management, and financial services, Alex broadened his experience even more by working in diverse industries ranging from multiple professional service verticals (e.g., law, medical, engineering, etc.) to the non-profit sector. He was instrumental in the turn-around of a public company which subsequently sold for $300MM. Alex's root's run deep through the Atlanta community he serves. He is a mentor in the Georgia Tech Mentor Jackets program, President Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Intown Alumni Network, and an event sponsor for the George Washington University Alumni Association Atlanta Club. He currently serves on the boards of Pinecrest Academy and Lifecycle Building Center, a nonprofit community resource whose mission is to make the lifecycle use of the built environment increasingly efficient and sustainable.