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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Environment & Energy Committee to Present Recommendations for Phasing-Out Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Environment & Energy Committee to Present Recommendations for Phasing-Out the Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers in the Village

The Village’s Environment & Energy Committee will make a presentation to the Board of Managers during its regular meeting on Monday, September 9 regarding a proposal to phase-out the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in the Village. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The District of Columbia, like many communities around the country, has banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers effective January 2022. The Environment & Energy Committee has been exploring quieter and greener alternatives to the polluting, two stroke engine blowers widely in use, and is working with neighboring communities in Chevy Chase to propose a similar ban. In an email to the Board of Managers dated June 18, the Committee described concerns surrounding gas-powered leaf blowers and outlined a step-wise approach to both educate residents about alternatives and get their inputs, before asking the Board to take a decision.

As part of this outreach campaign, the Committee is organizing a panel of speakers from "Quiet Communities” and DC representatives involved in the District’s decision, for a September presentation (date TBD) in the Committee’s Sustainable Living Lecture Series.

A copy of the committee’s email to the Board along with the committee’s full proposal, including recommendations for an educational and outreach campaign, can be viewed on the Village’s website by clicking the following link to the Noise Reduction Proposal.

Residents are encouraged to attend the September 9 meeting to hear the committee’s presentation. Should the Board decide to consider a potential ban, subsequent public hearings will be scheduled and noticed.

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