VANCOUVER, BC - The Green Party of Vancouver celebrates the work of Greens on Council, School Board and Park Board on phasing out gas-powered, two-stroke landscaping equipment on all three levels.
On June 24, 2021 city council passed Councillor Adriane Carr’s motion, ‘Pursuing Emission-Free Landscaping Equipment in the City of Vancouver,’ which affirms the city’s intent to pursue emissions-free landscaping equipment in Vancouver by 2025, and directs city staff to provide input into Metro Vancouver’s draft 2021 Clean Air Plan urging Metro Vancouver’s development of stringent emission regulations and requirements for landscaping equipment.
“This highlights the importance of elected officials working together across jurisdictions for the benefit of the whole city,” says Councillor Carr. “My motion builds on the excellent work of my Green colleagues, and I am very happy to see these types of engines being phased out throughout Vancouver.”
In 2019 Park Board passed a resolution by Green Commissioner Dave Demers titled ‘Renewal Strategy for Landscape Equipment – Towards an Emission-Free Reality’ aimed at phasing out two-stroke engines from its operational activities. In December 2020, 33% of all Park Board equipment was ‘zero-emission’ and full transition is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. Green Trustee Estrellita Gonzalez also introduced a motion titled ‘Renewal Strategy for Emission-free Landscape Equipment’ which passed in April, 2019 directing staff to develop a transition plan to replace gas-powered landscape maintenance equipment with emission-free equivalents or quasi-equivalents where possible.