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Cost keeps some landscape pros from buying quieter electric equipment

Photo credit: Erik Mclean by Jamie Banks, MSc, PhD, President, Quiet Communities Inc. A recent piece from NPR discusses some of the barriers landscaping professionals face when considering the purchase of battery electric lawn mowers. These mowers, powered by lithium-ion batteries, are quieter, cleaner, simpler, and easier to use and can make for an attractive

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

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

Another attempt at controlling leaf blower use in Greenwich, CT

Photo credit: Rob Howard licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Arnold Gordon, PhD Gas-powered leaf blowers cause many problems. They are noisy, pollute the air with carcinogens, aerosolized particulate matter and greenhouse gases, and disturb the natural leaf litter layer that protects the ground. As far back as 1993, environmental activists urged the Town of Greenwich

The quiet revolution is here

Photo credit: Dr. Daniel Fink by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition As those who follow this blog may remember, when I’m not writing about noise issues I’m working as a home handyman fixing things. Ah, the joys of home ownership. On this week’s journey to a big box DIY store, imagine my surprise

The Quiet Transition starts tomorrow

Photo credit: Cindy Shebley licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Well, the quiet transition doesn’t start tomorrow. Thanks to the efforts of The Quiet Coalition’s Jamie Banks, PhD, and the nonprofit organization she started and leads, Quiet Communities, Inc., it has already started. What is the quiet transition? In

Ban the awful leaf blowers!

Photo credit: Timothy Valentine licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Ban the awful leaf blowers. That’s the headline for a letter to the editor in the Camden New Journal, an independent newspaper in London. The writer includes some details of leaf blower history that I didn’t know, namely:

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