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

DC Testimony is a Community Resource

DC Testimony is a Community Resource Aug 3, 2018 Citizen group, Quiet Clean DC, has created a resource for communities looking to restrict the use of gas leaf blowers. The organized effort undertaken to enact legislation is summarized in this article in The Atlantic, by James Fallows. Washington DC is among a recent group of metropolitan areas

CDC: Work noise exposure can raise blood pressure, cholesterol levels

For landscape workers, occupational noise is a daily hazard. According to the National Association of Landscaping Professionals, most of the gas equipment land care professionals use exceed the 85 decibel occupational safety threshold established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- some more than 1000 times! Although workers supposedly have legal protection from noise

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