For Immediate Release
LANDSCAPE COMPANY GOES ELECTRIC!
March 28, 2011
An innovative local business is making a big difference for our Region’s air quality this season. Quiet Nature Ltd. (formerly Naturally Maintained Ltd.) is leading the way by introducing its zero emission lawn and garden care division. The service will only use ‘people powered’ and battery operated equipment.
Reduced air pollution, a major concern in southern Ontario, is only part of the advantage. The equipment used is also noticeably quiet – up to half the noise levels of gas-powered counterparts. The vehicles used to haul this equipment, ultra-efficient Japanese Kei trucks, are also sure to stand out in a crowd. Although the trucks themselves are not electric (yet), they do achieve amazing fuel mileage. Vehicle emissions will be tracked and offset with a reputable provider, equipment batteries are charged using bullfrogpower, and the entire company is looking to reduce its carbon footprint and internal sustainability through its membership with Sustainable Waterloo.
Derek Lippert, the company founder, feels the time is right to go electric. “Appalled at the resources consumed by the traditional lawn, I started this business in 1999 with a focus on lawn alternative & naturalized landscapes. Since that time we’ve evolved to offer a full suite of sustainable landscape solutions; but, until now, have been leaving out a big piece of the puzzle –aftercare. So how can landscape maintenance be sustainable? Well, the first thing that has to go is the gas.”
- Gas-powered lawn mowers are very inefficient. Running a gas-powered lawn mower for one hour can produce as much air pollution as driving a car 550 kilometers. Source: Ministry of Environment – Canada
- A big problem with gasoline lawn mowers is the fuel spilled during refueling. Lawn and garden equipment users in California alone spill 17 million gallons of fuel each year while refilling their outdoor power equipment. Source: Clean Air Foundation
- According to the Government of Canada (One-Tone Challenge) a gasoline powered lawn mower emits about 48 kilograms (106 lbs) of greenhouse gases in one season.
2009 and 2010 have been good years for Lippert’s business. With a recent name change and re-branding, the granting of four provincial Awards of Excellence for landscape design and construction, addition of key professional staff, and now launching of the region’s first zero emission lawn and garden service, Quiet Nature feels prepared to meet the needs of the community like never before.