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Glendale Celebrates Going Electric

The city of Glendale recently announced it is the largest city in the nation to earn the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) Certified Green Zone designation.
To mark the occasion, a press conference is scheduled to celebrate this historic achievement on Tuesday, March 26, at the Glendale Sports Complex, located at 2200 Fern Lane, beginning at 1 p.m.
This milestone follows the successful conversion of all handheld landscape maintenance equipment to electric, marking a shift toward environmental sustainability and reduced noise pollution.
Community Services and Parks Director Onnig Bulanikian said transitioning from gas-powered to electric landscaping tools presented challenges.
“We recognized the hurdles in this transition, but it was a necessary step toward fulfilling our commitment to environmental stewardship and enhancing the quality of life for our community,” Bulanikian said. “By embracing electric equipment, we are actively reducing emissions and noise levels in Glendale.”
Mayor Dan Brotman expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Community Services and Parks Department.
“I commend our Community Services and Parks Department for spearheading this initiative,” Brotman said. “By achieving this milestone, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability while ensuring the continued cleanliness and safety of our parks. This accomplishment is a testament to the proactive approach of our city in addressing environmental challenges.”
In alignment with Glendale’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the city has implemented measures to enforce its prohibition on gas-powered leaf blowers. Since September 2023, the use of gas-powered leaf blowers has been prohibited, with homeowners and property owners held accountable for compliance. Beginning September 2024, enforcement efforts will be intensified, with penalties for violations as follows:

  • First violation: Written warning notice with a request for voluntary compliance.
  • Failure to comply within 30 days incurs a $100 administrative fine.
  • Second violation: $200 administrative fine.
  • Third violation: $500 administrative fine.
    Residents are encouraged to report violations to Glendale’s Code Compliance team at (818) 548-3700.
    For more details on the gas-powered leaf blower prohibition and upcoming events, visit GlendaleCA.gov/LeafBlower.
    Questions about the ordinance can be submitted at Sustainability@GlendaleCA.gov.

    First published in the March 23 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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