Outdoor Power Equipment

July 2017

Proudly serving the industry for which it was named for more than 50 years, Outdoor Power Equipment provides dealers who sell and service outdoor power equipment with valuable information to succeed in a competitive market.

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30 JULY 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com FEATURE STORY | Industry Insights EMBRACE THE FUTURE OF GREEN SPACES AND LANDSCAPING TECHNOLOGY ■ BY WALT ROSE When you imagine the future of your landscaping business, what do you envision? A drone that delivers replacement parts from your equipment truck to landscapers on the job? Quiet, eco-friendly tools that keep your team working alongside homeowners and their neighbors? These technologies may seem distant now, but they're the type of innovation that the parks of the future will demand. As with the current state of most things in the United States, the future of the landscaping industry is uncertain — but it is surely green. Green spaces have always been more than just backyards and baseball fi elds. They're places where communities gather, city dwellers unwind and tourists visit. That's not likely to change anytime soon. Take the Boston Common, for instance. Established in 1634, the Common bills itself as America's oldest public park. Its grounds have seen the training exercises of revolutionary troops; the sermons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; and throngs of visitors, numbering in the hundreds of thousands each year. Whether it's the Boston Common, Manhattan's Central Park, Chicago's Humboldt Park, or the local playground in your neighborhood, parks have been, and always will be, central to the way Americans live their daily lives. Creating parks for the future It's the landscaping industry's mission to maintain those parks, and to do so responsibly. In 2015, the United Nations challenged countries around the world to work toward a set of 17 sustainable development goals. Those goals include ending poverty and hunger, providing high- quality education, and building sustainable communities. The landscaping industry may not educate the world's children, but ALL PHOTOS AND INFOGRAPHIC PROVIDED BY HUSQVARNA.

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