Noisy, fossil-fuel-powered engines are some of the most polluting and least regulated machinery still allowed in modern society. And yet, the workers make no connection between the airborne pollutants from their own gas tools and the life-threatening effects they’re experiencing. Neither does the author. In fact, the vomiting and seizures mentioned in the opening paragraph are almost certainly the results of breathing high volumes of gas emissions, in addition to heat stress, rather than from just climate-change-increased heat alone.
A MILESTONE DAY IN SUSTAINABLE GOLF
Friday July 21st will go down in history as the beginning of the end of gas in the golf industry. Today's certification of the first-in-the-nation AGZA Green Zone® Golf Course at Arroyo Seco Golf Course in South Pasadena, CA proves battery tools can replace gas machinery for almost all routine grounds maintenance.
Surely it will take a couple decades for all the antiquated, noisy and highly polluting gas machinery to be fully purged from golf course grounds management.
After a year in development, and building on the groundbreaking success of certifying the nation's first AGZA Green Zone City in South Pasadena last fall, the long-standing strategic partners had a lot to celebrate in the ceremony on the first fairway of Arroyo Seco Golf Course.
ABOVE: CA State Senator Anthony Portantino (red shirt) and South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti hold the AGZA Green Zone Golf Course certification. They are flanked by AGZA president Dan Mabe (blue tie), City councilmembers, and representatives of CA State Assemblymember Chris Holden, LA County Board of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, American Lung Association, Coalition for Clean Air, Sierra Club, and Noise Free America.
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City of South Pasadena, Elected Officials, and Health and Environmental Organizations Celebrate City as First in Nation to Have an “AGZA Green Zone® Golf Course”
Friday, July 21, 2017, South Pasadena, California -- The City of South Pasadena, joined by California State Senator Anthony Portantino, the American Lung Association and environmental organizations, today celebrated the City’s status as the first city in the nation to convert its municipal golf course to an “AGZA Green Zone® Golf Course.” Certified by the American Green Zone Alliance, the City was previously the first in the nation to convert all of its park and median maintenance to emission and gas-free equipment.
“South Pasadena continues to be a leader in sustainability and reducing the harmful health and environmental impacts of its municipal operations,” said Michael Cacciotti, the mayor of the City of South Pasadena. “We’re proud to have partnered with AGZA, the AQMD and Donovan Brothers Golf to provide cleaner healthier air and more peace and quiet to everyone who lives in, works in, or visits our city.”
Working with the city’s golf course maintenance contractor, Donovan Brothers Golf, LLC, the Arroyo Seco Golf Course is now maintained using electric equipment, which replaced equipment run on gasoline. The City’s action has significantly reduced air pollution and noise, and is another demonstration of the City’s commitment to sustainability to the benefit of residents and visitors.
“The City of South Pasadena has been a leader on green strategies for many years, and today is another great example of that leadership,” said California State Senator Anthony Portantino, whose district includes the City. “I applaud the City, Donovan Brothers and the American Green Zone Alliance and look forward to working with them to extend their work.”
The celebration took place at the City’s Arroyo Seco Golf Course, an attractive 18-hole par-3 course. The course is nestled next to a quiet neighborhood, so slashing noise pollution is a benefit for nearby homeowners as well as patrons of the golf course, driving range, putting greens, mini-golf, and café.
“As one of the nation’s leading advocates for clean air, we are pleased to praise the City’s leadership,” said John Yi, Director of Advocacy, American Lung Association. “Particulate pollution has long been identified as a leading cause of lung cancer, and by eliminating pollution from small gasoline engines, the City will be helping in the fight against this terrible disease.“
Today’s action followed 2016’s successful AGZA Certified Green Zone City campaign. Eliminating toxic, carcinogenic, and particulate emissions from gas combustion not only prevents the creation of smog and greenhouse gasses, but improves the health and safety of the grounds maintenance crew who use these machines for hours every day.
“The Pasadena Group of the Sierra Club commends the City of South Pasadena for using only emission-free electric equipment to maintain its golf course and median strips, the first city in the nation to do so,” said Don Bremner with the Sierra Club. “Emissions from gasoline-powered lawn and landscape maintenance equipment are a significant source of nitrogen oxide and other pollutants that are precursors to ozone formation in the Los Angeles air basin. Reducing these emissions is an important step in addressing the region's serious air pollution. Becoming the first AGZA Green Zone Golf Course underscores the significance of this achievement.”
"By certifying the nation’s first AGZA Green Zone® Golf Course, Arroyo Seco and the City of South Pasadena are taking bold steps to demonstrate that you can have clean quiet golf greens without the noise, health, and environmental damage inherent with gasoline-powered equipment,” said Dan Mabe, Founder American Green Zone Alliance. “Golf is a sport and a lifestyle that prides itself on pristine landscaping and quiet beauty, which until now have been marred by small gas engines — the least efficient, dirtiest, and most polluting mechanisms around."
With extremely lax workplace regulations, and livelihoods dependent upon equipment that is directly harmful to their health, workers in the grounds maintenance workforce are left to fend for their own well-being.
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For Joe Conrad, president of Mean Green Mowers in Hamilton, Ohio, upgrading is part of his business model. The mowers he makes all run on electricity, and with all the economic and scientific attention on new batteries being developed by Tesla and others, his options are evolving by leaps and bounds.
AGZA founder and CEO Dan Mabe gives an in-depth interview to The Urban Monk, pedram shojai.
A quick behind-the-scenes look at the scope of work AGZA does every day to establish Green Zones® and make communities sustainable.
The City of South Pasadena is the first AGZA Green Zone® City in the United States. The American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) will certify the groundbreaking sustainability achievement at a public ceremony on Friday, September 9th in the city’s beautiful Arroyo Park.
Cal State LA President William Covino proudly announces the zero-emission groundskeeping initiative and thanked the AQMD and AGZA. The groundbreaking program will help CSLA slash its carbon footprint and create a quieter campus with less pollution.
AGZA's CEO Dan Mabe reviews the 3 electric mowers that will be offered by The Greenstation at the South Coast Air Quality Management District's 2016 "Mow Down Air Pollution" mower exchange event.
Lynn Woolf, managing editor of Rural Lifestyle Dealer, interviews AGZA on the state of commercial-grade zero-emission battery-electric grounds maintenance equipment.
AND ... ACTION!
We get it — video is more fun than text and pictures.
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But if you want the full story, there's plenty below.
SLIDESHOW (click arrows): Family owned and operated and 100% zero-emission, Evergreene Lawn Care maintains two soccer fields at Miraleste Intermediate School in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Evergreene Lawn Care is a favorite AGZA Certified Service Provider, a true zero-emission crew 100% committed to sustainable grounds maintenance. Evergreene runs commercial-grade Mean Green battery electric mowers and powerful cordless hand tools that emit zero criteria pollutants and greenhouse gasses, and are up to 50% quieter than their gas counterparts. But their green cred runs deep — well below the roots, in fact — because their holistic approach embraces organic fertilizers, savvy cutting and watering practices, and CoolTerra biochar, an impressive organic soil amendment that delivers up to 40% water savings. That's great news for a drought state.
BLADES to GRASS
SLIDESHOW (click arrows): Mean Green's industry leading 60" commercial grade zero emission electric mower cuts soccer fields down to size.
AGZA has worked intimately with battery electric equipment and their manufacturers for years now, in real-life settings on the ground with commercial crews. We are thrilled to report that over just the past two years the technology and design, performance and run-times have crossed the tipping point!
These machines are challenging gas equipment head-to-head in performance, and completely leave gas in the dust on every other consideration, from ROI and maintenance to worker health, from air and noise pollution to climate change.
WHAT'S THE CATCH?
SLIDESHOW (click arrows): Evergreene knows dethatching heavy grass keeps performance and
run times optimal.
Mowing with electric is an upgrade, but to optimize performance, operators will need to be aware of a few operational tweaks — one of which is the increased importance of clearing your deck.
These soccer fields are well-maintained, but this morning the grass was especially heavy from morning dew and a recent rain. After cutting about 1/3rd of the field, enough cut grass built up under the mulching deck to compromise performance. Of course wet grass builds up under gas machines just as much as under electric — it's a reality of grounds maintenance, and occasionally clearing your deck is an important field-maintenance step of all mowers.
But this issue does reveal one significant difference between gas and electric: when the operator of a gas machine feels his blades start to labor through buildup under the deck, he can often get away with ignoring the responsibility of clearing it by simply dumping more gas in the tank and throttling through. (Of course this does create an extra burden on the engine, generating increased heat, decreases efficiency, burning more oil, and increasing pollution ... but who's counting those externalities, right?)
A zero-emission electric motor does require the operator have a higher understanding and standard of optimal performance — not because the motor isn’t powerful enough to push the blades through the grass, but because doing so will drain the battery quicker, and there’s no instant refill.
AGZA is the first company in the country offering Service Provider Accreditation dedicated to upgrading a groundskeepers skills and training from antiquated, noisy, polluting gas equipment to cutting-edge, quieter, zero-emission battery electric.
BLOW AND GO!
SLIDESHOW (click arrows):
A powerful electric leaf blower cleans up nicely.
The powerful 80v Greenworks Pro blower is a indispensable tool for Evergreene's electric pit crew. Electric motors don't get coated with sticky oil and grime like gas engines, so operators don't need to resort to toxic cleaners, degreasers, and rags for cleanup. A quiet, clean battery-powered blower is usually all you need to dust off the deck and motors, and even the battery and controller compartment on occasion.
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CORE™ Products Joins AGZA as a Certified Manufacturers Marketing Partner
AGZA is excited to launch 2016 by welcoming CORE into the Alliance! We've known about CORE's unique and highly innovative gasless power system for some time, and we're really looking forward to the upgrades we expect to see in their 2016 lineup.
The CORE (Conductor Optimized Rotary Energy) motor is a cutting edge device capable of producing high torque rotary motion at higher efficiencies and power densities. In fact, CORE Technology generates the highest energy factor per weight of any existing motor or engine, and does it at one-third to one-fifth the size, while requiring significantly fewer raw materials.
CORE's Award-winning engineering and industrial design, and their holistic green vision that drives them, align perfectly with our own values. We can't wait to start showcasing their latest and greatest at our many equipment demos and presentations this year.
Gabrielle Weeks, Chair of the Long Beach Sierra Club, pulled out all the stops to launch this first Long Beach Drive Electric Celebration at Houghton Park. AGZA was proud to table side-by-side with our friends and allies Evergreene Lawn Care and represent the latest in zero-emission lawn care.