Outdoor Power Equipment

July 2017

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www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT JULY 2017 31 we can do our part to make cities more sustainable. Parks and sustainability go hand in hand. Lush, vibrant green spaces are the bedrock of sustainable cities, as they encourage residents to be more active and more in touch with the environment around them. To make cities sustainable, it makes sense to look to our public parks. If the landscaping industry has anything to say about it, public parks will continue to fill urban cities with natural beauty. In a survey of more than 500 students around the world, Husqvarna found that the next generation of landscape architects largely expects parks to occupy substantially more urban space by 2030. Roughly nine out of 10 students believe that the purpose of future urban parks will be to have a positive impact on the surrounding cities, acting as the cities' "lungs." The consensus among landscape architecture students from Ohio State University to the University of Tokyo is that the future will hold more green spaces to landscape and more demand for sustainable elements. Meeting consumer demand In the United States, we have already seen a push for more sustainable landscaping services, as localities from coast to coast adopt legislation that limits the use of gas-powered outdoor power equipment. As early as 2005, the city of Palo Alto, Calif., banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in residential areas. More recently, in December 2016, a similar ban went into effect in the city of Sonoma, Calif. On the East Coast, bans have been enacted or considered in Greenwich, Conn.; Maplewood, N.J.; and Washington, D.C. — just to name a few. Meanwhile, an online petition to institute a comparable ban in Seattle had nearly 1,000 signatures in February. In some cases, residents are demanding such bans because of the noise that gas-powered outdoor power equipment produces. The sound of a traditional lawn mower or leaf blower simply isn't welcome in many residential neighborhoods anymore, whether it's 9 a.m. on a Saturday or 1 p.m. on a Wednesday. In other cases, ban supporters are seeking to rid their communities of the emissions released by such equipment. According to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), gas- powered lawn and garden equipment can emit more than 6 million tons of carbon, nitrogen and similar substances per year. That's far less than the sum total of annual emissions from the cars and trucks we drive every day, but it's still a staggering number that helps to explain the landscaping bans that are sweeping the country.

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