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Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera sponsored a resolution to require the Towns Parks and Recreation Department to move to all electric handheld landscape equipment at municipal sites that the Department maintains with all Board members signing on as co-sponsors.
“Having our parks department move to all electric handheld landscape maintenance equipment is codifying what the department has already been doing since the establishment of the Towns AGZA Green Zones,” said Councilwoman Scalera, “in 2017, in partnership with Quiet Communities and the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), I worked with the Parks Department to create the first AGZA Green Zone in the Town and on the East Coast at the East Quogue Village Green and in 2018 the 2nd AGZA Green was dedicated at Southampton Town Hall.”
A certified AGZA Green Zone is a defined area of land, such as a park, hospital, or school campus, where routine maintenance is performed with zero emissions, low noise equipment, and manual tools. AGZA is the global leader in sustainable zero-emission grounds maintenance strategies and Quiet Communities is the Eastern licensee for AGZA’s Green Zone program and informs municipalities, businesses and schools on risks associated with the use of industrial equipment, and what alternatives could be used in their place.
“Our staff was a little skeptical at first what the performance of the equipment would be, and we’ve been very pleased with it, added Kristen Doulos, Town Parks Director, “staff members use power equipment on a daily basis and after using the electric products, and getting a better sense of how they function and perform, they’re very enthusiastic about the move to all electric handhelds such as leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, and weed whackers,”
Also as part of the ongoing work with Quiet Communities and AGZA and a continuation of the Town sponsored demo days for the landscape industry, the Town held a Go Electric! Southampton Landscape Business Workshop at Town Hall on Friday March 29th. The workshop was for landscape companies looking to use zero emission and low noise landscaping equipment and featured both classroom and fields training session. The training sessions were designed to prepare each company to initiate electric service with the best available equipment successfully. Participating companies were also eligible for benefits on equipment and accreditation.
Lastly the Town will also be stepping up enforcement of unlicensed landscape companies and Code Enforcement will be going out this spring and levying fines to those companies that are operating illegally in the unincorporated portions of the Town.
For more information on the AGZA Green Zone program contact Councilwoman Christine Scalera at 631-287-5745.