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MPCA grant helps Climate Action Plan efforts

Post Date:August 22, 2019 10:00 a.m.

Public works staff holding battery-powered equipmentWith funding from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) alternative landscaping equipment grant, the parks and public works divisions are taking steps to replace most of their gas-powered equipment with battery-powered equipment. The $10,518 grant budget allowed the city to purchase eight trimmers, two hedge trimmers, two hand-held blowers, one back pack blower, two chainsaws and one pole pruner.

The decision to move to battery-powered equipment stemmed from the Climate Action Plan’s goals to reduce emissions. Gas-powered equipment is a significant source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air emissions, which are harmful to the air quality as well as those using the equipment.

Staff are also seeing the benefits, stating that the new equipment is easy-to-use, lightweight, quiet and does not have the gas smell.

Learn more about the MPCA’s funding opportunities.

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