Transitioning to Electric Landscaping Equipment | Webinar June 23 | The South Pasadenan

PHOTO: Esther Mabe | News | South Pasadena Mayor Pro Tem Michael Cacciotti continues to deliver his message for clean air. He traveled to Yorba Linda last week and asked Orange County city officials to move away from gas-powered tools to help fight air pollution

A planned citywide move to ban gas-powered equipment used by commercial gardeners is expected to be hosted by the City of South Pasadena on June 23 as part of a free Zoom webinar.

In a recent meeting, the Natural Resources and Environment Commission (NREC), liaison with Mayor Pro Tem Michael Cacciotti, took action to recommend that the city council pass an ordinance banning gas-powered maintenance equipment in South Pasadena.

While city workers no longer use gas and prefer electricity instead, many commercial gardeners continue to make it a practice. The long-standing local council hopes that something will change at some point.

“I speak to gardeners every day with the idea that if a ban is one day approved by the city council, it could take effect,” said Cacciotti, who also serves on the board of directors for the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

During the Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. there will be a discussion on the topic – under the title of the presentation – “Conversion to electrical landscaping equipment”.

Dan Mabe, founder of the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), will address air and noise pollution issues with gas-powered appliances and the cost differences in moving to all-electric appliances, which he believes are quieter and have significant health benefits.

“I’ve been working on it for years,” said Cacciotti of his green push for electro. “I keep hearing people say, ‘We’re fed up with pollution, the impact it has on our children, our pets and our quality of life. But I am aware that the multi-billion dollar gas-powered mowers and maintenance equipment industry will fight us by all means. There are just so many harmful effects of gas and diesel emissions that so many of us are forced to breathe. I just know that we as a city can do something about it and I just hope that a lot of people will tune in on the next Wednesday evening. “

In his crusade for clean air, Cacciotti emphasized the importance of reaching local residents and business owners with the message that battery-powered lawn and gardening tools are far more effective than pollutants, microscopic particles, allergens and odorous gases lurking in the air.

“We don’t want them to get cancer, lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases and neurological problems,” he said. “We want to make every effort to protect our citizens.”

South Pasadena, a leader in sustainable practices, became the first city in the country to receive AGZA’s Green Zone certification in 2016, a highly regarded award. All of South Pasadena’s city parks use electrical maintenance equipment, from mowers to leaf blowers.

Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the City of South Pasadena’s efforts to limit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in favor of electrical maintenance equipment.

Join the Zoom meeting using the link: or go to and enter the meeting ID: 950 2602 1937.

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