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Councilwoman Ward-Pugh and Mayor Fischer unveil latest “Green Technology” for District 9

Thursday July 28, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisvill eMetro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

Members of the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden have a new partner in their efforts to sustain the environment in the 9th District. It is the latest in “Green Technology”. It’s clean, quiet, simple and most importantly, it’s the first all electric zero turn lawn mower to be used in Metro Louisville.

“This is a very important day for the district as we move forward with our Green Triangle initiative,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh. “If we are serious about being good stewards of our environment and creating sustainable solutions, this lawn mower is a logical choice to help the community garden,”

Ward-Pugh was joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Thursday for the unveiling of the new Hustler Zeon Lawn Mower. The mower is the latest in the green industry to stress its quietness and efficiency.

“Going green is the right thing to do for Louisville,” Mayor Fischer said. “Any size change can make an impact. I commend Councilwoman Ward-Pugh for her innovative thinking when it comes to green initiatives.”

The mower was purchased for the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden with 9th District Neighborhood Development Funds provided by Councilwoman Ward-Pugh. With its welded steel frame and deck, the Hustler is a solid and dependable machine that will mow more than an acre of lawn on a single charge. “We are thrilled to welcome the Electric Goat, which is what we have named our new mower, to its new pasture at the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden,” says Mike O’Leary, Board Member of the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden.

The mower’s potential for helping protect the environment it just one of many projects involved in 9th District’s Green Triangle initiative begun in 2009 by Councilwoman Ward Pugh. The goal of the initiative is to look at all community projects differently and try to promote sustainability in district neighborhoods. Already the Green Triangle has begun new business and expanded residential recycling programs, and volunteers have made inroads in restoring green spaces along Lexington Road.

The Hustler Zeon lawn mower is one of many projects designed to trade past practice for future innovations.

“No gas to spill, no fumes to pollute and a lot less noise in something as basic as mowing grass,” says Ward-Pugh. “This mower is an important step towards the day when everyone will be able to breathe air free from pollution, and enjoy a quiet afternoon free from a roaring lawnmower machine. The next step is to find ways to power this mower from renewable energy sources as well as reducing the amount of grass to be mowed!”

For more information about the Hustler Zeon lawn mower and other components of the Green Triangle Initiative, contact Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109.

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9