PERC names Louisville 2018 Green Leadership City

October 19, 2018 By    
Louisville mayor Greg Fischer accepting the $5,000 donation from PERC. Photo courtesy of PERC.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer accepts the $5,000 donation from PERC. Photo courtesy of PERC.

The Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Government was recognized as the 2018 Green Leadership City, a distinction awarded by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

The award recognizes the city for its adoption of propane-powered mowers, among other environmentally-friendly programs that support the city’s sustainability plan.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer accepted a $5,000 donation from PERC at an event at Sun Valley Park with city officials and parks and recreation department employees, who operate the propane mowers regularly.

“The Green Leadership City Award highlights public agencies demonstrating a commitment to environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices, which the city of Louisville has shown by adding propane mowers to its municipal equipment fleet,” says Jeremy Wishart, director of off-road business development for PERC. “Louisville has set an incredible example for the rest of the region of what a municipality can accomplish when it decides that its environmental impact matters and takes necessary steps to reduce its carbon footprint.”

Earlier this year, the city added 11 propane mowers to its metro fleet division, with plans to continue transitioning to propane equipment as the city’s 68 remaining gasoline mowers wear out, PERC explains. According to the city, it will also cost about 25 percent less to operate a propane mower over the life of the unit due to the lower cost of propane.

The propane mowers are used by five departments that manage grass growth on city properties as well as vacant and abandoned private properties, including the Louisville Zoo, the vacant lots division of codes and regulations, parks and recreation, public works, and the metro facilities division.

“Propane mowers help us improve upon our long-term sustainability goals as a city while also being prudent with the taxpayer’s money,” Fischer says. “Anytime we can make operational changes that improve the community’s quality of life while saving on costs is a win-win.”

*Featured image: PERC

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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