West End School receives new air-friendly lawn equipment

July 06, 2022

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) to award the Lawn Care for Cleaner Air Community Equipment Grant to the West End School. The grant awards a package of professional-powered, electric lawn equipment to non-profit organizations, advancing their sustainability goals while expanding and encouraging the use of cleaner, more sustainable equipment throughout the community.

The switch from gasoline to electric-powered lawn engines improves local air quality and reduces emissions that contribute to climate change. This is another step toward meeting Louisville’s goal to use 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040.

“Sustainability has been at the forefront of my administration since I took office in 2011. In 2020, we worked with Metro Council to pass an ordinance committing to 100 percent clean energy for Louisville Metro operations by 2035, and community wide by 2040,” said the Mayor. “With the advances and availability of greener equipment, each of us can do our part in cutting back on pollution caused by gas-powered equipment and we’re thrilled to award this grant to a very deserving group.”

West End School is a free boarding school for boys, grades pre-K through 8th grade. The school’s outdoor spaces, including a pollinator garden and an outdoor amphitheater, allow students to be a part of nature while living in the city. This new electric equipment will allow them to maintain outdoors spaces without affecting the health of students in proximity and those using the equipment.

“On behalf of West End School, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the APCD and the city of Louisville for continuing to believe in the mission of West End School,” said Dwight Bransford, Head of School. “As we look to the future to include more students, we are thrilled to have partners who will help our growth be both sustainable and environmentally friendly.”

The grant is part of the APCD’s Lawn Care for Cleaner Air program, which incentivizes the purchase and use of electric-powered lawn equipment by offering rebates to Louisville residents and businesses when they purchase eligible equipment, and even larger rebates to those that also recycle their old gas-powered equipment.

“If you are looking to make a positive impact on our air quality, purchasing electric lawn equipment is an excellent place to start,” said Rachael Hamilton, Director, Air Pollution Control District. “The equipment is an affordable air-friendly investment that substantially reduces harmful emissions, like those that form ground-level ozone.”

There are over 71,000 mowable acres of land in Louisville and approximately 20.5 million pounds of air pollution is produced each year operating gas-powered equipment to maintain that land. The Lawn Care for Cleaner Air program is in its 19th year and has issued nearly 12,000 total rebates, keeping more than four million pounds of pollution from Louisville’s air.

All non-profits located in Jefferson County that could use the equipment to maintain their own grounds are eligible to apply for the grant. The next round of applications is expected to open in the fall. More information on the grant can be found here: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/air-pollution-control-district/lawn…

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