The City of St. Louis Park Parks and Recreation Division had a large, aging collection of two-cycle gas-powered landscaping equipment. When researching replacements, they decided to purchase all battery-powered equipment with the help of a MPCA alternative landscaping equipment grant. The grounds staff took so quickly to the new equipment, they worked it into their city-wide budget to purchase more that same year. They keep gas-powered equipment locked up and only use when essential to a task.
Securing grant funds to purchase some electric-powered equipment proved to be a worthy investment for the department. In hindsight, Park Superintendent Rick Beane wishes they would have planned to use grant funds to roll this out to the entire city, instead of just the Parks Department. His advice for others applying for this grant: dream big!
Budget total: $10,518
Purchased: 8 trimmers, 2 hedge trimmers, 2 hand-held blowers, 1 back pack blower, 2 chainsaws, and 1 pole pruner
Benefits: Staff like that electric-powered equipment can be easy-to-use, light weight, quiet, and has no smell.
More than $173,000 in grants has already helped organizations switching to battery-operated landscaping equipment. These purchases will reduce annual air emissions by approximately 185.3248 tons of VOCs, 0.61626 tons of nitrogen oxide, and 6.546 tons of particulate matter.