Cleaner air with mower exchange


CLEARFIELD—Did you know running a gas-powered lawn mower for one hour is equal to driving a car 160 miles? In an effort to promote cleaner air Weber State University’s sustainability offices, in partnership with the Davis County and Weber-Morgan Health departments, Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the Utah Clean Air Partnership are hosting “Cut Pollution – Mow Electric.” The program will assist more than 700 Utahns exchange gas-powered mowers for electric ones through a lottery system. Those who enter will be selected randomly to exchange their operable gas-powered mower for a new Kobalt 40-volt cordless electric lawn mower with mulching capability for $100 plus tax and a 3 percent credit-card fee, according to a release. The retail price of the electric mower is typically $329. Fee waivers are available for those in need. Residents who experience poor air quality in the area where they live as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency are eligible and can check their Zip code at weber.edu/mowelectric/eligibility.html to see if they qualify. “While a single mower may not seem like a major source of pollution, the emissions are relatively high when compared to an average car, and they are generated in close proximity to the person pushing the mower,” WSU’s Sustainability Practices and Research Center Director Alice Mulder said in the statement. “If all 762 of the electric mowers available through the program are used for one hour, in place of a gas-powered mower, we will have avoided the equivalent emissions of a car driving nearly 122,000 miles. That is significant.” Eligible Utahns can enter the lottery starting March 1. Applications will be taken throughout the month and winners will be notified by email April 6. If selected, participants have three days to pay $100 in advance and choose an exchange time on Saturday, April 21 at the WSU Ogden campus W4 parking lot and the WSU Davis campus parking lot (2470 University Park Blvd., Layton). Funding was made possible with grants from the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Weber State’s sustainability offices and the Davis County and Weber-Morgan Health Departments, the release said. “When it comes to addressing Utah’s air quality issues, there are no perfect answers but there are practical solutions,” said Thom Carter, UCAIR executive director in the statement. “UCAIR believes that this program is one of those practical solutions and we encourage eligible Utahns to take advantage of this great opportunity.” bginos@davisclipper.commower

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