Becoming a Sustainable Landscaping Company by Dan Mabe
The topic of sustainability is one that needs to be on our minds on a daily basis year-round. With sustainable practices, the landscaping industry is in an extraordinary position to make a positive impact—not just on the environment but on your bottom line. It’s not as difficult as you might think.
I founded the American Green Zone Alliance in 2010 to create green-collar jobs, improve the health of maintenance workers, reduce impacts on our planet, and enhance the quality of life in our communities. Here’s why:
- Americans mow, trim, edge, and bow 50,000 square miles of lawns each year
- Requires 1.2 billion gallons of gas
- Generates 11.8 million tons of carbon dioxide
- All causes pollution of lungs and air, while being noise and disruptive
The American Green Zone Alliance’s goal: to help lawncare companies shift from fossil fuel operations to lower-impact and battery-powered operations.
This protects the health of the environment and employees, while reducing noise levels.
Landscapers also make themselves more marketable and reduce costs after only 24 months.
AGZA is also encouraging companies to offer more “organic” solutions with fertilizing, weed and pest control.
Eco-conscious corporate clients, municipalities and residents are already aligning themselves with vendors who share the same values. This includes lawncare operators. Businesses like golf courses, hospitals, municipal parks, HOAs, schools and office buildings, want quiet service and better air quality. They want a lawncare service that can deliver both.
There is an emerging new industry for quiet lawncare service with zero emission.
We worked with the City of South Pasadena, California to help them become the first AGZA Green Zone City. All of their landscape maintenance equipment must be battery-powered, cordless and electric.
We’ve also just completed a corporate certification for Suntek Lawn Care in Lake Nona, just outside of Orlando. Not only does Suntek use battery-powered equipment, but their vans also generate their own solar power to charge their equipment batteries. This helps Suntek avoiding:
- more than 400 pounds of ozone-forming exhaust
- 5,500 pounds of carbon monoxide
- 19,000 pounds carbon dioxide each year
- crews’ noise levels are 40 to 70 percent lower than crews with gas-powered equipment
Their certification helps show future customers of their dedication to the quality of life in Central Florida. They are already gaining new business because of it.
I hope you’ll consider making the switch from gas-powered to electric and learn new ways to become more sustainable. Your employees, your customers, and your community will thank you.
Dan Mabe is the founder of The American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA). agza.net