Quiet Communities has been awarded a contract from the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) to help develop evaluation criteria and specifications for electric battery powered lawn and garden equipment for vendors serving Massachusetts. Working with the state’s award winning Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program, QC along with colleagues at the American Green Zone Alliance, will help develop specifications, evaluation criteria, impact assessment methods, and educational materials to allow purchasers access to high quality electric battery-powered equipment. The program’s mission is to promote the purchase of EPPs to state and local agencies and departments throughout the Commonwealth for the purpose of fostering the practice of responsible purchasing choices that are cost effective and reduce the impact of such purchases on public health and the environment. EPP procurement programs help Massachusetts use purchasing power to reduce the environmental and public health impact of state government and stimulate market demand for green products and services.
Thanks to advances in battery and motor technology, a growing selection of commercial and residential lawn and garden equipment are now available. Compared with gas-powered counterparts, these machines are often much quieter and produce no emissions during operation, resulting in a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment. Selecting the right equipment is key to getting the job done with comparable efficiency and aesthetic to gas-powered equipment. With the right equipment in the hands of a skilled operator, state agencies and others should realize economic benefits as well.