At USC, we have been using electric equipment since 2009. We started with corded leaf blowers and have slowly introduced more equipment and eventually they have become available in a commercial grade. In 2021, we became the first University in the country to receive a “Green Zone” certification from the American Green Zone Alliance. This means that we conduct all of our day-to-day maintenance operations using only battery powered equipment. We would like to share our challenges and experience with this equipment in the hope that more people adopt it for the betterment of the operator’s health and the planet.
1. Learn the pros and cons about operating with battery powered equipment.
2. Learn what equipment to buy and what to stay away from.
3. Learn how your work will be impacted using battery powered equipment.
I have been a Landscape Supervisor at USC for over 7 years but Ihave worked in the landscape industry my entire life. I have a Master’s Degree from USC (2016) in Landscape Architecture and am also an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, C-27, and D-49 Contractor. I run a small landscape maintenance business that is 100% battery powered equipment as well.