Who knew our lawn care equipment could be so interesting and, in its own way, so powerful? Did you know, for example, that for every hour of use, a gasoline mower is equal to driving 300 miles in terms of emissions?
Please join the Hanover Neighborhood Action Group and the Sustainable Hanover Energy Committee on Wednesday, July 4th and march in our inaugural Electric Lawn Care Brigade. Bring your electric, battery or people powered weed whackers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers or mowers. Bring your neighbors and friends. And be sure to wear Red, White, Blue and a bit of green. We will gather on Hovey Lane, by the Hanover High School, at 9:40 am. The parade starts at 10. We will assemble on the Hanover Green afterward.
There are many ways to use less energy on our lawns. We can reduce their size by adding pollinator gardens or planting shrubs and trees. We can also let our grass grow a bit longer and not cut it quite so short. Our goal is to introduce these new technologies so that when your current equipment reaches the end of its lifespan, you have information about all the options when you go to purchase a new piece of equipment. 2050 is only 30 years away. The more we can do to increase the quality of our air, the better for all.
The thing that I love the most about the new electric lawn care equipment is that the designs are so elegant. There are fewer parts and they don't involve breathing fumes or spilling gas every time you refuel them. I just learned, for example, that about 17 million gallons of gas is spilled as equipment is refueled each year, polluting our drinking water in the process. These images are from a recent demonstration of the Mean Green Mower in Hanover. Dartmouth College will be in the parade brigade demonstrating their new Mean Green Mower - - How cool is that? We hope to see you on the 4th!
To learn more about limiting air emissions, download this PDF file from the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. To learn more about the parade, you can listen to my recent interview with Keith Hanson on WNTK radio. You can also click here to link to the Valley News LTE about the parade.
Evelyn R. Swett
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