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Mow Down Pollution – Commercial

Lawn Mower Exchange Program

The Problem

The Denver Metro/North Front Range is part of a 9-county area that does not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national standard (NAAQS) for ozone.  As a nonattainment area, the region has to implement various planning measures to reduce emissions and bring ozone down.

In 2017, the State of Colorado submitted a State Implementation Plan (SIP) to EPA showing how the region would meet the federal standard.  Part of this plan included an emissions inventory of pollutants that contribute to the formation of ozone.  There are estimated to be over 260,000 pieces of gasoline powered commercial lawn and garden equipment in the nonattainment area.

The Program

The RAQC’s Mow Down Pollution program is an educational and incentive program that provides consumers and participants with information about the air quality benefits of using non-gasoline powered lawn mowers and lawn and garden tools. Beginning in 2017, the RAQC expanded the Mow Down Pollution program to incorporate commercial grade equipment and provide education and incentives to local governments and parks and rec special districts to purchase low-emissions commercial lawn and garden equipment.

Beginning in 2017 and continuing through 2018, the RAQC organized a Working Group made up of local governments, parks and rec special districts, and other interested parties to explore opportunities for utilizing non-gasoline alternatives in their landscape maintenance activities. In October 2017, the RAQC hosted the Local Government, Lawn & Garden, Low-Emission Grant (3LG) Field Day to provide information to this targeted audience on various opportunities that exist for low-emissions commercial grade lawn and garden equipment, which had over 70 people in attendance. Also opening at the end of 2017 and continuing through 2018, the RAQC administered a grant program to provide financial incentives for the purchase of electric powered equipment.
Based on input from the Commercial Lawn and Garden Equipment Program Working Group, the RAQC’s current efforts focus on developing resources for regional entities interested in researching available products and participating in a recognition program for parks that are maintained with dedicated low-emission equipment.

Grant Program – Deadline Nov. 30, 2018

Overview: Approximately $120,000 was made available for funding the replacement of gasoline-powered commercial lawn and garden equipment with battery or propane powered equipment Denver Metro/North Front Range ozone nonattainment area.  Funding was on a first-come-first-served basis with minimum awards of $1,000 and maximum awards of $15,000 per entity.  This grant program was primarily funded through an Environment Mitigation Project grant from Noble Energy.



3LG (Local Government, Lawn & Garden, Low-Emission Grant) Program – Oct. 17, 2017




If you have additional questions, contact Amanda Brimmer, Technical Program Manager, RAQC.