For much of the year, commercial landscaping companies provide a variety of lawn and plant care services to residents and commercial businesses. While these services are an important part of the local economy, they are also a source of routine concern among community members.
Certain types of landscaping equipment present a variety of environmental and health concerns. These include greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, noise and air pollution.
Two-stroke engines, such as those commonly found in leaf blowers, are the most cited area of concern. These small, fossil fuel-powered engines release higher amounts of toxic chemicals and dust into the air, contributing to severe respiratory conditions and other health issues. They are also a source of GHG emissions that must be reduced to achieve the community’s climate goals.