Long Island, New York, continues to lead the way in implementing the use of gasless landscaping tools at a city level. The town of North Hempstead recently purchased electric leaf blowers, string trimmers and tree trimmers, in an effort to curb unwanted noise and air pollution.
“We’re in the exploratory stage and we want to make sure it’s something we can make enforceable,” said town supervisor Judi Bosworth. Workers in the parks department will use the tools this year at Clark Botanic Gardens in Albertson. Town officials are hoping that this initiative will lead to legislation limiting the use of gas-powered landscaping tools locally.
Great Neck Estates has already banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers from June 15 to September 15; Oyster Bay is considering a similar restriction.
Recently, the nearby town of Southampton’s East Quogue Park became the first AGZA-certified Green Zone on the East Coast, for their use of battery-powered and electric outdoor power equipment, including an electric riding mower. An AGZA Green Zone is a property certified by The American Green Zone Alliance as maintained with zero emissions and low noise, and that complies with AGZA's groundskeeping practices.