Mississauga transitioning to electric, battery-powered turf maintenance equipment
City's Green Tools pilot project kicked off last week
June 21, 2021 By Turf & Rec
The City of Mississauga is transitioning to all-electric, battery-powered equipment for its municipal turf maintenance needs.
The city launched its Green Tools pilot project last week, which introduces the equipment to parks maintenance staff. The switch to electric, battery power is expected to occur over the next few years once current equipment reaches the end of its lifecycle.
The transition to all-electric, battery-powered equipment will reduce carbon emissions, limit noise and increase safety for parks staff. The new equipment includes two riding zero-turn mowers, a push mower, leaf blowers and trimmers.
The project aligns with the City’s Climate Change Action Plan’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, with the long-term aspirational goal of becoming a net-zero community. Over the past few years, the city has made good progress in combating climate change by implementing a Green Fleet and Equipment Policy, introducing hybrid-electric MiWay buses and planting trees through the City’s One Million Trees program.
The City of Mississauga is committed to providing first-class outdoor amenities while continuing to look for ways to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions. The city’s parks operations section maintains 3,154 hectares (7,794 acres) of parkland – including more than 500 parks, 371 sports fields, 327 kilometres of trails, 263 play sites, 12 cemeteries and two marinas.
For more information about the Green Tools pilot project, visit mississauga.ca/greentools.
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