In this article, we discuss the recent certification of the city of South Pasadena, California as the nation’s first AGZA Green Zone® city and the growing momentum for clean, quiet, sustainable maintenance practices With proof of principal well established, Quiet Communities is bringing AGZA Green Zones to the East Coast. Following South Pasadena’s lead, the Town of Southampton, NY is creating the first AGZA Green Zone on the East Coast.
Congratulations to South Pasadena! The city’s parks and lands are now free of deafening noise and toxic pollution from gas-powered landscape maintenance equipment. With guidance from the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), the city has become the nation’s first AGZA Green Zone® city – switching the maintenance of all 41 acres (!) of municipal lands to advanced electric landscape maintenance equipment and manual tools. (Read our congratulatory presentation).
By transitioning to electric and manual tools, the city is eliminating toxic and carcinogenic emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, and hazardous waste associated with the use of gas-powered engines including hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides (ground level ozone precursors) fine particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. All are known to contribute to serious health problems and environmental degradation. Schools, businesses, and parks can be enjoyed as peaceful public spaces. The new equipment will improve working conditions for grounds crews who will no longer have to expose themselves to deafening noise, harmful emissions, or equipment vibrations. Residents will enjoy a cleaner, healthier environment and improved quality of life.
“In keeping with our pledge to become a more sustainable city, South Pasadena worked with AGZA to transition municipal grounds maintenance from fossil fuel based operations to advanced cordless battery equipment, manual tools, and ecologically friendly landscape practices. As a result, the City has been able to eliminate all fossil fuel consumption and toxic emissions, and has reduced noise by half.”~ Michael Cacciotti, Mayor Pro Tem, City of South Pasadena and Governing Board Member of the South Coast AQMD
This city’s accomplishment is an example to municipalities around the nation grappling with noise and pollution from gas-powered land maintenance. A ceremony convened at Arroyo Seco Park commemorated the occasion with speakers from AGZA, city and state officials, and representatives from Quiet Communities, the American Lung Association, Sierra Club, and Clean Air Coalition. The story featured on major local television, including ABC and NBC, as well as other media networks.
AGZA is the global leader in zero-emission, sustainable grounds maintenance strategies. AGZA educates and accredits commercial grounds maintenance crews as AGZA Service Providers, and certifies properties maintained with quiet zero-emission cordless electric equipment and hand tools as AGZA Green Zones. AGZA Green Zone certification ensures that grounds maintenance — mowing, hedging, edging, trimming, sawing, and blowing — is performed routinely with low-noise, zero-emission state-of-the-art electric machinery and manual hand tools and that environmental impacts are appropriately recorded.
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