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Working together for a quiet transition

Training session on Mean Green mower, courtesy of the American Green Zone Alliance by Jamie Banks, PhD, MSc, President, Quiet Communities Inc. With our collaborator, the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), Quiet Communities works to help transition municipalities, institutions, businesses and neighborhoods to cleaner, quieter, more sustainable landscape maintenance practices for the benefit of health

California set to become first state to ban gasoline-powered lawn equipment

Photo credit: Andres Siimon licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a measure on Saturday requiring new small off-road engines to be zero-emission by 2024. The bill includes $30 million in financing to assist with the transition. According to the California Air Resources Board, using a gas leaf blower for an hour

First Agza Certified Green Zoning in Westchester Inaugurated in Larchmont

Photo credit: Karsten Paulick licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 On Wednesday, September 22nd, the Village of Larchmont celebrated the opening of Westchester County's first-ever AGZA Certified Green Zone® in Kane Park. Green Zones are described as properties that use low-impact electric equipment and people-powered tools for basic grounds maintenance, demonstrating sustainable landscaping methods. The first municipal

The City of Mountain Brook, AL — Site of the First AGZA Green Zone in the Southern US

by Jamie L. Banks, PhD, MS, Executive Director, Quiet Communities, Inc., Co-Founder, The Quiet Coalition The City of Mountain Brook has become the first city in the state of Alabama and in the South to establish AGZA Certified Green Zones® for its municipal villages -- Crestline Village, English Village, and Mountain Brook Village -- and

Noise disrupts plant life

Photo credit:Thomas licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Some of you may be aware that decades ago, an Indian scientist reported that music helped certain plants grow but this area of research remains controversial. Other researchers think those who play music to their plants actually give them more care,

Leaf Blowers, Pollution, and COVID-19

New: Our memorandum, COVID-19 and Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers: A Lethal Combination, v 1.2, discusses three specific problems that gas leaf blowers (GLBs) present during the COVID-19 crisis, and details the scientific evidence on the related health and environmental problems. The memo recommends a moratorium blower during the pandemic, and outlines a longer-term plan to help industry transition

More than Hearing Loss: APHA points to growing health effects of noise

Noise is not just a nuisance, it’s a growing public health hazard and action is long overdue. That’s the message delivered at the November 2019 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Philadelphia, where doctors and other specialists identified evidence that “environmental noise” underlies a myriad of health problems reaching well beyond


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