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Change happens when… 

 

Municipalities 

  • Ojai 

  • South Pasadena 

  • Southampton 

  • Lexington 

Schools  

  • Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA has “Green Zones” on campus in which only man-powered or battery-powered equipment is used and organic integrated pest management is applied. 

 

  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District, Sonoma, CA ended the use of all gas-powered leaf blowers at its schools as of end of 2015. With medical and scientific evidence on the adverse impacts of the gas blowers from the citizens group, SNALB (Sonoma Neighbors Against Leaf Blowers), Quiet Communities, and others, the decision to ban their use had the full support of Superintendent Louann Carlomagno, the District’s Board of Trustees, and Maintenance and Operations Officer Tony Albini. Electric leaf blower use will also be limited to non-student hours, in recognition of the detrimental effects leaf blowers cause to air quality and the consequent risks to student health. 

 

  • Tufts University, Medford, MA. Following a conference hosted by Quiet Communities and Tufts’ Office of Sustainability, the university purchased two new electric lawnmowers to decrease noise and emissions and raise drive up awareness of the ecological benefits of switching to electric-powered alternative-fuel vehicles. “The maintenance on these is much simpler. There are no engines, there is no oil, there is no gas … all that goes away. And the motors are modular, so if one breaks, you just take it out and put a new one in. You don’t have to take heads off and valves out. It is much, much easier,” commented Facilities Services Grounds Supervisor, John Vik. According to Sustainability director, Tina Woolston, “We want a cleaner campus for the students and a better environment for the workers. The noise of the regular … conventional machines is above what people should be exposed to. It can cause deafness and damage … and it really impedes the ability to teach when lawnmowers prevent you from being able to pay attention or hear.” 

Landscapers 

United States 

Canada 

 

Arizona 

  • Property Whisperers of Phoenix Valley, AZ (pwhisp.com) is a landscape design and maintenance company. Owner, Paul Kneisl, values the aesthetics, health, and function of his clients’ properties. The company takes nature-centered approach to maintenance and is able to offer competitive pricing because of reduced costs of operation compared with gas-powered companies. The company maintains properties with organic methods, permaculture, and quiet, clean, sustainable maintenance. Maintenance equipment is all electric. The company prefers to use outdoor vacuums and rakes and only uses electric blowers on an as needed basis. 

 

California 

  • 818 Land Maintenance of Woodland Hills, CA is an AGZA-certified landscape maintenance company located in Southern California. Owner, Jeff Keenan, has been transitioning his business to electric equipment for many years to better service its customers. The company is transitioning its services to electric equipment to better service its customers. The major incentives pushing 818 to go electric were reduced noise, cost savings, and easy handling compared with gas-powered equipment. 

  • Evergreene Lawn Care of Torrance, CA (evergreenelawns.com) is a family-run landscape business committed to providing your community with quiet, emissions-free lawn care to promote an environmentally sustainable future. Their use of organic fertilizers and all electric equipment completely eliminate air and soil pollution. Among other properties, Evergreene maintains Torrance American Baseball’s sports complex – the first in the nation to become an AGZA-certified Green Zone™. 

  • Healthy Air Lawn Care, Madera, CA (healthyairlawncare.com) is an AGZA-certified provider of zero-pollution alternative lawn maintenance services. The company’s goal is to reduce the number of gas lawn mowers, leaf blowers and string trimmers being used every day and create a healthier environment. 

  • SeaBreeze Landscaping, Los Angeles, CA (seabreezelandscaping.com) is helping to make Los Angeles environmentally friendly and sustainable. It offers only electric powered landscape maintenance services on select routes and uses manual tools, such as sweepers as well. In an attempt to further reduce particulate matter raised by leaf blowers (gas and electric), the company has invented and has a patent pending on a dust-suppressing attachment (see video). 

  • Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping, Santa Cruz, CA (terranovalandscaping.com) is an established long-time leader in quiet zero emissions, fossil-fuel free landscape maintenance, useing only quiet electric tools and hand tools. Owner Ken Foster lectures on sustainable landscape maintenance practices as well as related sustainable landscaping and gardening topics. The company has opened a challenge to landscapers to test the effectiveness of the broom versus the leaf blower in cleaning of hardscape surfaces. In the recent challenge overseen by 3 independent judges, the broom was declared winner over the leaf blower on the basis of on time, thoroughness, noise level and air-pollution level. 

  • TruGreen Landcare, Pasadena, CA is an AGZA-certified provider responsible for maintaining 10-acre Garfield Park in South Pasadena with all electric equipment, eliminating emissions and dramatically reducing noise for area residents and park visitors. 

Florida 

  • Eco-Lectric Landscape Maintenance, Bradenton, FL (eco-lectric.com)is making a positive difference in the lawn care industry in Florida. The company uses electric equipment and organic products to offer a professional service at a quality price, so customers can afford to “Go Green.” Owners, Josh and Jamie Flowers, hold degrees in Landscape and Turf Science and Environmental, Soil, and Water Science and created Florida’s first environmentally friendly lawn care and landscape company. They use renewable energy, like solar panels to power their electrical equipment in order to eliminate harmful pollution. 

  • Sun Power Lawn Care, Gainesville, FL (sunpowerlawncare.com) is a fully licensed and insured business that offers a free analysis of each yard before starting work and uses quiet, clean electric maintenance equipment. The maintenance work is planned to fit the customer’s budget. 

 

Idaho 

  • Fresh Air Lawn Care, Boise, ID (freshlawn.com) is a provider of sustainable electric lawn care, landscaping, and maintenance services. The company uses Mean Green mowers to reduce dependence on gas and oil and eliminate emissions. Fresh Air Lawn Care’s battery powered equipment is 99% cleaner and the price of its services is the same as its gas-powered competitors. Its tagline is “reducing pollution, one lawn at a time.” 

 

Maryland 

  • AIR Lawn Care located in Montgomery County, MD (airlawncare.com) offers solar-powered electric lawn care and maintenance services. 

  • Solar Mowing, Bethesda, MD (solarmowing.com) is a certified Green Business in Montgomery County, MD offering solar powered mowing services to the Bethesda-area and NW Washington DC. Lyn DeWitt, owner, was inspired to found the company after learning that gas-powered mowers emit more pollutants than cars. 

Massachusetts 

  • Clean Air Lawn Care of Boston, MA (cleanairlawncareboston.com) is a full-service sustainable and organic lawn care service for residential and commercial properties in Boston, MA. The company estimates it is preventing more than 23,000 lbs of lawn care pollution each year because its equipment runs on clean solar power. For smaller jobs, electric push mowers are used, powered by truck-mounted solar panels. For larger jobs, ride-on rigs fueled by locally sourced biodiesel are used. Wind power fuels the equipment when it’s recharging back at the shop. 

  • Eco-Quiet Lawn Care of Concord, MA (ecoquietlawncare.com) uses electric and manual landscape maintenance equipment and is organic products, providing a fully the green alternative to gasoline-powered lawn care companies. It offers full service lawn care without the noise and air pollution association with gas-powered equipment. 

  • Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening, Townsend, MA (pumpkinbrookorganicgardening.com) is an organic land care provider offering design, garden installation and maintenance, and lawn maintenance services. They are committed to quiet, clean maintenance and uses (almost exclusively) quiet, pollution-free hand tools (excluding shredder and chipper) to keep you and your neighborhood happy. 

 

Missouri 

  • Green Tech Lawn Care, Springfield, MO (facebook.com/greentechlawns) offers organic fertilizing and solar electric-powered landscape maintenance to provide a healthier environment. The company partnered with solar panel installer, Brighter Side Energy, to help power their mowers and other equipment and reduce the amount of gasoline and other fuels used for lawn maintenance. The solar panels attach to the company’s vehicles and charge the landscaping equipment. 

 

New York 

  • Carbon Cutters, Rochester, NY (organiclawncarerochester.com) is an organic, sustainable company offering commercial and residential landscape maintenance services at prices competitive with gas-powered companies. It relies on 100% commercial electric equipment (Mean Green Products and Stihl products) that is quiet and has zero emissions. Solar power is used to charge the equipment. The tag line on their truck reads: “Lawn Care with a Conscience.” 

  • Reel Quiet Mowing, Southampton, NY (reelquietmowing.com) is an alternative, sustainable mowing service that uses human-powered, state-of-the-art, hand-push reel lawn mowers and quiet rechargeable blowers and edgers. RQM reduces noise and environmental pollution caused by gas powered mowers and blowers that disrupt and pollute otherwise peaceful neighborhoods. The company services properties up to one acre in size located near village centers. 

South Carolina 

  • Earth Friendly Landscapes, Charleston, SC (earthfriendlysc.com) offers full-service residential and commercial landscape maintenance, exclusively powered by zero-emissions equipment charged by wind and sun. 

 

Texas 

  • Clean Air Lawn Care – Dallas, TX (cleanairlawncaredallas.com). A full-service sustainable and organic lawn care service for residential properties in Dallas. They use emissions-free, electric powered equipment for lawn mowing and maintenance. They use electric push mowers—powered by solar panels mounted on our trucks—for our smaller jobs and ride-on rigs fueled by locally sourced biodiesel for the bigger ones. Wind power fuels the equipment when it’s recharging. 

 

New Brunswick, Canada 

  • Green By Nature Landscaping, New Brunswick, Canada (greenbynaturelandscaping.com). The company’s goals are to reduce air and noise pollution while providing an economical and efficient choice for landscapes and lawn care. It uses gasless, zero emission lawn mowers and gardening equipment and provide beautiful landscapes and lawn care with the use of organic fertilizers eliminating the use of pesticides and herbicides. 

 

Commercial Properties 

 

Health Care 

  • Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY: Recognizing the health and environmental risks of gas-powered leaf blowers, the hospital has limited use to fall and spring and is testing battery powered devices as potential replacements. 

 

Parks 

  • Garfield Park, South Pasadena, CA is a 10-acre park nestled in a densely populated residential neighborhood. It is the first park in the nation to become an AGZA-certified Green Zone™, maintained using quiet, emissions-free electric equipment and manual tools. 

  • Torrance American Baseball (TAB) Pony League Fields. In March 2015, TAB’s sports complex in Torrance, CA was the first in the nation to become an AGZA-certified Green Zone™. “Having a green zone is great for the kids and the baseball community, and it’s also great for the surrounding environment because it means no fumes, no air and soil pollution, and nearly no noise pollution. We are aware that our baseball fields are positioned in people’s backyards and now the entire community can benefit from this,” said Joe Gaffney, TAB president. 

 

Neighborhoods 

 

 

Organizations 

  • American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA; agza.net). AGZA is the leader in promoting zero-emission landscape maintenance and a partner of QCi. It provides education, training, and certification of workers, facilities managers, and property owners in gas-free equipment and land care practices. Its certified AGZA Green Zone program has successfully transitioned schools, municipalities, and neighborhoods around the country to zero emissions, low noise practices. In 2016, AGZA received Congressional recognition for establishing the nation’s first zero-emission AGZA Certified Municipal Green Zone and the nation’s first gas-free AGZA Certified Sports Complex Green Zone.  

  • Ecological Landscaping Alliance (ELA; ecolandscaping.org): With headquarters in Massachusetts, the ELA is a national alliance of educators, designers, architects, and landscape contractors that advocates for responsible stewardship of land and natural resources in landscaping and horticultural practices. 

  • NOFA Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC; organiclandcare.net): NOFA OLC is a program of Connecticut NOFA, a nonprofit organization which is one of the 7 NOFA state chapters. NOFA OLC has over 500 Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals who have taken their 30-hour training course. They offer professional education, accreditation, and best practices for its members. Its mission is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of the landscapes where people carry out their daily lives. Resources such as books, fact sheets and articles are available for both professionals and homeowners on the organiclandcare.net website. 

  • Perfect Earth Project, East Hampton, NY (perfectearthproject.org): a nonprofit organization promoting toxin-free lawn and landscape management (including quiet, emissions-free maintenance) and sustainable land use worldwide. 

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