by Jamie L. Banks, PhD, MS, Executive Director, Quiet Communities, Inc., Co-Founder, The Quiet Coalition
The City of Mountain Brook will be the first city in the state of Alabama and the first in the south to receive AGZA Green Zone Certifications for Crestline Village, English Village, Mountain Brook Village, and Overton Park. A celebration on June 7th will be held to present the certifications to Mayor Welch and the City Council in the City Council Chambers.
An AGZA Green Zone is a defined area of land on which all routine maintenance is performed with battery electric equipment or manual tools. The minimal requirements for an AGZA Certified Green Zone are the complete elimination of two-stroke equipment used for routine maintenance. Gas blower concessions are made for heavier and seasonal workloads.
The transition away from fossil fuel equipment creates a cleaner, quieter, and healthier environment for workers, visitors, and residents by reducing toxic and carcinogenic emissions, noise, greenhouse gases, fuel spillage, and waste.