Across the country, the growing use of gas-powered leaf blowers, mowers, trimmers and edgers is raising concerns over their health and environmental impacts. Quiet Communities is a nonprofit organization that takes an evidence-based approach to help communities understand the adverse effects of gas powered outdoor maintenance and find quiet, sustainable, and healthy solutions.

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Fine Particulates Increases Risk of Childhood Autism

Fine particulate matter is emitted annually in the billions of pounds by gas-powered leaf blowers and other small lawn and garden engines used in our neighborhoods, parks, schools and workplaces. A new study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health shows that pregnant women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter, especially […]

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They’re doing it in NYC with Jackhammers

The same basic story but this time it’s jackhammers in New York. The city has received approximately 9,000 complaints from citizens about  jackhammer noise, especially at night. Jackhammers, or pneumatic drills, typically used to break up rock and concrete are powered by compressed air and generate noise of 100+ decibels, similar to commercial grade gas-powered […]

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Quiet Communities and Huntington Calm members

Long Island Group Takes Action

June 19, 2014, Huntington, NY. A recent Newsday article highlights the efforts of Citizens Appeal for Leaf Blower Moderation (CALM), based in Huntington, NY. The group is working to raise awareness about the health and environmental impacts of gas-powered landscape equipment and to inform the public about the availability of cleaner, quieter alternatives.  Founding CALM […]

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Health Hazards of Air Pollution

Town Board of Health Confirms Health Hazards of Leaf Blowers

March 5, 2014, Lincoln, MA. Following review of an extensive research report developed by Quiet Communities, the Board of Health in Lincoln, MA issued the following statement: “Exposure to high intensity, episodic or long duration noise and air particulate and vapor dispersion from leaf blowers represents significant potential health hazards to our citizens. The Board […]

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Boy plugging his ears from loud noise

Environmental Noise: A Public Health Threat in the United States

February 2014. In an article published in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan estimates more than 100 million Americans are at risk for disease because of environmental noise. A large body of evidence implicates exposure to noise with stress, sleep disturbance, cognitive impairment, heart disease and other […]

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No More Gas Powered Leaf Blowers

Good Move, State Senator Ranker!

The Olympian reports that on Tuesday, Jan 21st State Senator Kevin Ranker proposed a bill to ban the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers by Washington state agencies.  Electric powered blowers would still be permitted and use of rakes and brooms encouraged. The rationale for the bill is excessive noise and greenhouse gas emissions.  If only […]

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Electric Landscaping Machines

QC and ELA Host GreenStation Event

Quiet Communities in partnership with the Ecological Landscaping Association hosted Dan Mabe, President of The Greenstation to demonstrate and discuss the benefits of high tech, electric battery technology in residential and commercial grade landscape maintenance equipment. This equipment is being employed in several municipalities and campuses in California to create emissions-free, quiet zones (Green Zones) […]

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Quiet Campus Initiative Kickoff

Quiet Campus Initiative Kicks Off

Quiet Communities took a step towards establishing its Quiet Campus Initiative by introducing The Green Station to Boston area universities.  The Green Station is an R&D company developing zero emissions, high performance outdoor maintenance equipment and implementing Green Zones, emissions-free, quiet land areas for campuses, municipalities and counties. Grounds maintenance crews described the daily complaints […]

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