Quiet Communities undertakes independent, objective research to inform efforts to make our environment cleaner, quieter, and safer for everyone. We collaborate with outside experts, academic institutions, and independent agencies.
In 2014, we worked with the EPA to analyze air emissions from gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment in the United States. Our work resulted in a paper and presentation given in San Diego at the International Emissions Inventory Conference in April, 2015.
Further emissions research is being conducted to:
- Estimate emissions from the subset of equipment used commonly in maintaining land around our neighborhoods, schools, and public spaces – lawn mowers, leaf blowers, edgers, trimmers, and chain saws.
- Estimate emissions from gas lawn and garden equipment on a state-by-state basis and will produce a series of reports in 2016.
A pilot study on the characteristics of gas-powered leaf blower sound was carried out in 2015 and presented at the 2016 annual Noise-Con conference in Providence, RI. This research is being expanded.
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