GO ELECTRIC WORKSHOP
American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) and our East Coast strategic partner Quiet Communities (QC) co-hosted an electric lawn and garden equipment workshop in the Town of Southampton, NY, for commercial and municipal crews interested in making the transition from gas to electric equipment.
SOUTHAMPTON TOWN HALL
FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019
It was another successful day for the Town of Southampton, AGZA, and QC — furthering education, outreach, and resources for private landscape maintenance companies, municipal staff, and local dealers of battery powered equipment.
AGZA and QC coordinated the “Go Electric” workshop with the Town of Southampton and Councilwomen Christine Scalera. The Town and Scalera have long been proactive leaders of sustainable land care initiatives for their community. In partnership with AGZA and QC over the past two years, they established the nation’s first AGZA Green Zones on the East Coast at East Quogue Village Green and at Southampton Town Hall itself. They then leveraged those programs to offer this groundbreaking workshop opportunity for local licensed landscape maintenance companies to learn about, see, handle, and test out the latest commercial-grade electric equipment.
To introduce local landscaping businesses to commercial battery-electric equipment and its successful and profitable implementation in overall grounds maintenance operations. This workshop will help each company form an “electric crew” or electric service division capable of servicing residential, business, and institutional clients in Southampton Town and the surrounding area.
Thirty management staff (owners, crew leaders/foreman) from leading landscaping companies with a serious interest in offering zero emissions, low noise landscape maintenance in the Town of Southampton. First priority will be given to companies that attended the 9/28/18 meeting at Town Hall. Others will be included as space allows.
The workshop will be based on the AGZA Service Pro Certification Course – Level 1, an online course now in beta testing. Materials from the course will be sent to each company prior to the workshop. Topics covered will include: Health and Environmental Benefits; Battery Electric Basics; Work Production; Infrastructure and Charging; Safety; Economics (ROI, Profitability); and Troubleshooting.
WHAT YOU GET FOR ATTENDING
- Discounts on commercial battery electric equipment
- Free enrollment in the AGZA Service Pro Certification Course – Level 1
- AGZA Equipment Selection Guide
- Directory listings
- AGZA Accredited Service Pro stickers for an electric service division (once established)
- One-year free membership in the Quiet Landscaper Program
- Recognition on Southampton Town’s website
- Potential for low interest financing
AGZA & QUIET COMMUNITIES PRESENTATION
The slide presentation was created and presented in both English and Spanish, and a Spanish translator was present to ensure clear and full understanding by all participants.
CLICK FIRST SLIDE BELOW to launch slideshow. All photos by Julie Kolehouse-Diplas.
HANDS-ON COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT SHOWCASE
The indoor session came to a close and workshop participants were anxious to get outside to the tool area where company reps were waiting to showcase AGZA Approved equipment.
AGZA places these tool lines in robust commercial settings, and through our independent testing under a variety of conditions we validate performance, run times, battery cycle life, durability, and ergonomics. AGZA only invites equipment manufacturers to our workshops who have impeccable safety records, honest performance claims, ethical business practices, and adequate professional aftermarket support.
STIHL 36V COMMERCIAL LINE
STHIL 36V battery electric equipment has been operating in AGZA Certified Green Zones since 2011 and made a good impression with many of the workshop attendees especially with the live demonstration of their chainsaw. MORE
OREGON 120V PROFESSIONAL LINE
Oregon 120V tools were on full display demonstrating their incredible power and water proof attributes. We were able to pour water on the Oregon tools while in operation to demonstrate how they could easily be used in inclement weather conditions. MORE
MEAN GREEN COMMERCIAL MOWERS
Mean Green, made in the USA, has already proven themselves as a reliable ZTR electric mower option for the Town of Southampton grounds maintenance operations department, as well as having mowers in use for the elite Eastern Long Island landscape installation and maintenance company Jackson Dodds. MORE
AGZA GREEN ZONE EXPANSION (ONGOING)
After the success of the first two AGZA Green Zones on the East Coast, the Town of Southampton is embarking on a mission to eliminate air pollution, greenhouse gasses, and ancillary solid and toxic waste — as well as slash noise pollution — from grounds maintenance at all 55 Town properties throughout Southampton.