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Gaithersburg, Md

April 9, 2013

Intro by: Alex Stavitsky Zeineddin

A.I.R. Lawn Care is one of the first local, environmentally conscious businesses that is advertising on Green Gaithersburg.com. I thought it is interesting and informative for readers to know who the people are behind new and environmentally conscious businesses.

Zack Kline, a recent college graduate recently started A.I.R. (Atmosphere Improvement and Renewal)Lawn Care company in Montgomery County, Md.  This lawn care company uses electric powered blowers and is based in Montgomery County, Md. Check out A.I.R. Lawn Care’s website.  Also, Zack is getting certified as an organic practice lawn care specialist. Contact Zack at: zkline@airlawncare.com

Read below:

How did you decide to start your lawn care business?
I have always enjoyed cutting the grass since I starting doing it for my family while I was in 5th grade. As I grew older I worked for a mid-sized landscaping company while I was in high school and in college. While there I noticed the opportunity to be able to run the business better in regards to operations and sustainability. After graduating college I decided to start A.I.R. Lawn Care with those goals in mind.

How did you actually start your business, with a partner, family? Do you currently work with other people?

I started the business  by myself. Currently, I do not work with other people, but I am in the process of building a team.
Why does the environment matter to you?
The environment matters to me because it provides the air I breathe, the water I drink, and the food I eat, not to mention being outdoors and surrounded by nature is very refreshing.
You mentioned that you are working on a certification to be a non synthetic pesticide/herbicide applicant? Who is certifying you and what exactly are you learning?

I am working to get certified by the Northeast Organic Farming Association. As part of that certification I will be learning  NOFA’s Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes, written by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Committee. These Standards, published in 2001 and revised semi-annually, extend the vision and practices of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where we live our daily lives and lands which we choose to steward. By the end of the course, I will be able to incorporate land care methods and materials that respect natural ecology and the long-term health of the environment into my businesses and education programs.

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school (college) and what did you study?
I grew up in Rockville, MD and went to school at Salisbury University. While there I studied Marketing and Information Systems. A big part of my education I have to attribute to the extra-curricular activities I participated in including being an RA, starting a fraternity, starting the first entrepreneurship class at Salisbury, and winning a business plan competition.
Who or what most influenced your environmental awareness?

People: My mother and best friend
Event: While I was working for the mid-sized landscaping company there was a day I will never forget. It was a scorching “Code Red” day in Darnestown, Md., and I was working on trimming the edge of a 2.5 acre property. I became irritated at the excessive amount of smog and noise pollution the string trimmer exerted. That, coupled with knowing the amount of gasoline the company was putting into their machines on a daily basis, had me thinking, “There’s got to be a better way!”
These people and this event led me to become more aware of our environmental impact and raised my awareness.

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