The following is from the Township of Maplewood:
With its finger on the pulse of advancing technology, the Township of Maplewood, along with non-profit Quiet Communities and the American Green Zone Alliance, will host a regional workshop to educate municipalities’ staffs, commercial lawn maintenance companies, and residents on how they can become involved in promoting clean, quiet, healthy landscape maintenance practices in their communities, while actually improving their bottom lines. The workshop entitled The Future of Landscape Maintenance: Growing Profits with New Technologies, will be held Tuesday, October 17th, 8 am-1:30 pm at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd, Maplewood, NJ). Pre-registration is $30; walk-in registration will be $35 at the door. Pre-registration can be done at this link.
Maplewood is interested in promoting positive solutions in landscape maintenance through the use of advanced electric battery operated equipment that offers equal performance to gas-powered equipment with zero emissions and low noise, while saving on fuel and maintenance costs. Maplewood recently enacted a seasonal ban on gas leaf blowers based on concerns with their health and environmental impacts consistent with national and state agency recommendations and actions by over 100 communities nationwide. Maplewood has also begun replacing gas-powered equipment in its Department of Public Works by purchasing three battery-operated commercial-grade leaf blowers. The Township plans to continue this trend as equipment needs to be replaced.
The workshop will include panels on Health and Environment, Business, and Community Models and feature noted health experts, business leaders, and community leaders. (See Preliminary Program). Attendees will learn about the impacts of fuel-based practices; the practicalities, benefits, and economics of implementing sustainable solutions; community activities; and “Green Collar” workforce development. A hands-on demonstration of commercial grade electric battery-powered mowers and handheld equipment will conclude the half-day event.
Quiet Communities is an independent national nonprofit organization, Quiet Communities providing research, education, and outreach and working with the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) to bring on-the-ground solution-based programs to the Eastern US. AGZA is the global leader in sustainable zero-emission grounds maintenance strategies, offering the AGZA Service Provider Accreditation program and the AGZA Green Zone® Certification program.