The Town of Huntington is considering establishing a “Green Zone” at Heckscher Park and Town Hall where battery-powered landscaping equipment will be replace leaf blowers to reduce emissions and noise pollution.
The town is retaining the American Green Zone Alliance for nearly $10,000 to study Huntington’s current landscaping practices and recommend appropriate, cost effective battery powered equipment. The Alliance is a Studio City, California-based membership organization that offers accreditation in green landscaping practices.
The idea is to educate the public about the savings and environmental benefits of alternatives to leaf blowers, but the town has not committed to establishing a Green Zone, Councilwoman Susan Berland said Thursday.
“I’m glad we’re taking the first steps toward making a Green Zone,” she said. “But we have to follow through with purchasing the equipment and with the intention of declaring Heckscher Park and Town Hall a Green Zone and eventually limiting leaf blowers throughout the town.”
Town officials started exploring the zero-emission lithium-ion battery-powered alternatives after complaints were raised by CALM, Citizens Appeal for Leafblower Moderation. The group of more than 1,600 members was established in 2014 to oppose the use of the landscaping equipment due to the noise and environmental pollution they cause.