Cal State LA goes green with eco-friendly equipment

February 1, 2016

Cal State LA continues to reduce its carbon footprint with the arrival of eco-friendly grounds maintenance equipment that will be used by staff in the Facilities Services division.

The equipment includes commercial grade electric lawn mowers and cordless electric leaf blowers and chainsaws, all of which are heavily used across the University’s 175 acres.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District awarded Cal State LA a grant to purchase the equipment. The grant proposal was spearheaded by Troy Allen, director for strategic planning and quality improvement in the Division of Administration and Finance, and Professor David Blekhman of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.

Cal State LA is home to a cutting-edge Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, the largest such facility on a university campus in the U.S., and has installed 77 solar panels that produce 12 MWh of renewable power. The University also has a small fleet of clean-air hydrogen vehicles.

“We want to be community leaders promoting health, safety, and environmental responsibility,” Allen said.  “Electric lawn equipment is environmentally friendly, healthier to the operators, and less of an irritant to our campus neighbors and community.”

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