Stay Green has launched a new initiative to promote sustainability and positive environmental stewardship via state-of-the-art propane-powered mowers that reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
The $300,000 initiative includes the addition of 35 John Deere propane-powered ride-on mowers to the Stay Green fleet, replacing traditional gasoline-powered mowers.
“This is a natural fit,” said Chris Angelo, President-CEO of Southern California-based Stay Green, a landscape industry leader in promoting sustainable business practices. “At Stay Green sustainability is an integral part of our everyday operations as well as our overall company philosophy. We’re constantly pursuing innovations that reduce fuel consumption and emissions, thus reducing our carbon footprint.”
The propane mowers feature a dealer-installed OEM (original equipment manufacturer) solution, and were provided by two John Deere dealers: Stotz Equipment and Cal-Coast Machinery.
The ride-on mowers during the past month have been put into service on the landscapes of Stay Green’s clients throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Also, approximately 30 propane-powered, 19-inch push mowers from another manufacturer are scheduled to be added to the fleet over the next month.
Charlie Durand, Corporate Business Manager for John Deere, said the new initiative is a perfect connection between two companies whose identities are tightly connected to the word “Green,” not only as a color scheme but also as a way of doing business. “We welcome the opportunity to work closely with a company like Stay Green to help them with sustainable solutions that they want to investigate.”
Angelo said the propane mowers provide significant value to Stay Green. “While the purchase cost of the propane-equipped mowers is a bit higher than a regular gasoline-powered mower, the long-term benefits in terms of fuel costs and reduced emissions far outweigh the initial cost.”