SPUSD to Look at Using Earth Friendly Lawn Mowers

Councilman Michael Cacciotti said South Pasadena is creating "organic, pollution-free zones,'' and he would like to see the school board do the same.

City Councilman Michael Cacciotti brought a rather large prop to the South Pasadena Unified School District Governing Board meeting this week: a lawn mower.

Cacciotti represents the San Gabriel Valley on the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which includes some 2 million people. He would like to see the school district switch to cordless, electric lawnmowers. Superintendent Joel Shapiro said he would look into the matter.

Because lawn mowers are not held accountable to the stringent emissions regulations that motor-powered vehicles are, lawn mowers contribute to a large portion of pollution in the Los Angeles basin, Cacciotti said. He suggested to the board that using the more earth-friendly lawn maintenance equipment will lead to improved health of students, teachers, and anyone who lives near SPUSD properties, which are currently mowed with gas-powered machines.

Dan Mabe, owner and president of Woodland-Hills based Greenstation, who pointed out he liked seeing someone drive up to the board meeting in a Nissan Leaf, said the equipment that his company is developing rivals the battery chemistries in the battery management systems you see in today's electric cars.

In a You Tube video about Greenstation, a Santa Monica smog technician tested the Snapper gas mower head against the 2003 Lincoln Navigator. The SUV had a hydrocarbon reading of 85, while the gas-powered mower showed a reading of 1,269. 

As for the city, Cacciotti said offcials decided to start their greener landscaping at Garfield Park. That means no pesticide or insecticide and no gas and no oil. It's going to be an " organic, pollution-free zone,'' Cacciotti said. And he would like to see the same kind of zones on school district property. 

Patch Asks: What kind of lawn mower do you use?


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not Carl Peterson lll April 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Patrick, I have not quoted Heritage foundation. Please post links to support electric vs. gas cars and I will read them. Irag for oil...We import less now than before 2003. Iraq was more than willing to sell us more oil before 2003. If you add up total imported Iraq oil, we would never recoup costs of a risky invasion, http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/imports/companylevel/ "1Trillion to banks that defrauded customers"....well, when you say "defraud" in what part of this financial mess are you labeling fraud? I would be inclined to call out the government more. As we now have qe3 to infinity. It is the gov. and banks working together that will eventually collapse our FIAT currency.
not Carl Peterson lll April 12, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Patrick w. While we are widely off topic, let me re-touch the Iraq thing. If you want to speculate that the war was less than altruistic, you may want to visit the idea of Iraq deciding to take Euro's instead of the dollar. Much, much bigger implications, than just possible cheap oil. That pesky little dollar problem is now unfolding worldwide, and will not end until the inevitable collapse of the dollar
Patrick Wright April 12, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Here is an Argonne National Laboratory report with a detailed analysis of the total life-cycle emissions and energy use of various vehicle types. http://www.transportation.anl.gov/pdfs/TA/378.PDF The assumed the following: conventional ICEV 24.8mpg Prius type hybrid HEV 39.7mpg They also assumed the life of all vehicles was 160,000 miles and that the batteries would have to be replaced once in the life of the vehicle -although in-practice this never happens. My Prius is on its original pack at 140,000 miles and still gets 44 mpg even without trying to conserve. On the other hand an H2 Hummer gets EPA mileage of 14mpg highway, not 24.8 like they assumed. Despite their bias against hybrid vehicles in their analysis the HEV wins on pretty much all accounts. This win is even greater if the model used an actual H2 Hummer at 14mpg and 6,400 lb curb weight against a Prius that gets its EPA mileage of 49mpg.
not Carl Peterson lll April 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Patrick, Thanks for the link. I will read up on it in the next day or two,
not Carl Peterson lll April 15, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Patrick I only read some of the report, but at first blush, it looks fair enough. So, now i know more than before, but not enough to comment anymore. You got my curiosity up. Eventually I will read more, including more of your link


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