Transition to Electric Landscaping Equipment | Webinar June 23 | South Pasadenan

PHOTO: Esther Mabe | News | South Pasadena Mayor Pro Tem Michael Cacciotti continues to get his message out about clean air. Last week, he visited Yorba Linda to ask Orange County city officials to move away from gasoline powered tools to help tackle air pollution.

A city-wide effort to ban gasoline-powered equipment used by commercial gardeners is expected to be showcased as part of a free Zoom webinar on June 23 hosted by the City of South Pasadena.

In a recent meeting, the city’s Natural Resources and Environment Commission (NREC), whose mayor Pro Tem Michael Cacciotti serves as the liaison, took action to recommend that the city council pass an ordinance prohibiting gas-powered maintenance equipment in South Pasadena.

While city workers no longer use gas, favoring electricity, many commercial gardeners continue to make it a practice. The longtime city councilor hopes that will one day change.

“I talk to gardeners every day with the idea that a ban could become effective if it is one day approved by city council,” said Cacciotti, who is also a member of the South Coast Air Quality Management board. District.

During the 7pm Zoom meeting, there will be a discussion on – taking the title of the presentation – “Transition to Electric Landscaping Equipment”.

Dan Mabe, founder of the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), will address air pollution and noise issues with gas-powered equipment, the cost differences of switching to all-electric, which he says is quieter and has significant health benefits.

“I’ve been working on this for years,” Cacciotti said of his green push for electric. “I hear people say all the time, ‘We are fed up with pollution, how it works on our children, our pets and our quality of life. But, I realize that the multi-billion dollar gasoline mower and maintenance equipment industry is going to fight us tooth and nail. There are so many harmful impacts from gas and diesel emissions that many of us are forced to breathe. I just know that as a city there is something we can do and I just hope a lot of people come online next Wednesday night.

In his crusade for clean air, Cacciotti stressed the importance of reaching residents and business owners with the message that battery-powered lawn and garden equipment is far more efficient than pollutants, microscopic particles. , allergens and odorous gases lurking in the air.

“We don’t want them to get cancer, lung disease, cardiovascular disease and have neurological problems,” he said. “We want to do everything to protect our citizens. “

South Pasadena, a leader in sustainable practices, in 2016 became the first city in the country to achieve AGZA Green Zone certification, a very prestigious honor. All of the parks in the city of South Pasadena use electrical maintenance equipment, from lawn 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 restrict the use of gasoline leaf blowers in favor of electrical maintenance equipment.

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

Terri S. Tomasini