The City of Mountain Brook announced that it will be the first city in the state of Alabama and the first in the South to receive AGZA Green Zone Certifications for Crestline Village, English Village, Mountain Brook Village, and Overton Park. AGZA will present the certifications to Mayor Stewart Welch and City Council on Monday, June 7 at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
An AGZA Green Zone is a defined area of land on which all routine maintenance is performed with battery electric equipment and/ or manual tools. The minimal requirements for an AGZA Certified Green Zone are the complete elimination of two-stroke equipment used for routine maintenance. Gas blower concessions are made for heavier and seasonal workloads. Other states that have AGZA Certified Green Zones include California, Illinois, and New York. ,,
The transition away from fossil fuel equipment creates a cleaner, quieter, and healthier environment for workers, visitors, and residents by reducing toxic and carcinogenic emissions, noise, greenhouse gases, fuel spillage, and waste.
The American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) is the global leader in low-impact land care practices and a recognized certification agency. The program is designed to achieve an enduring transition to low-impact landscape maintenance practices and includes education, training, and certification of land care professionals, equipment selection recommendations, ELF™ (Environmental Landscape Footprint) reporting of impact metrics, and property certification. It is implemented through a collaboration between AGZA and Quiet Communities Inc, a national non-profit organization. The program establishes municipalities, academic institutions, school districts, and private industry as models of low-impact land care for their communities. Certification also strengthens environmental leadership and sets examples.