Switching out gas for electric is usually a smart eco-friendly move, especially when it comes to power tools at Capitol Park. That’s why the Capitol Park groundskeeping crew under DGS’ Facilities Management Division (FMD) and the Air Resources Board (ARB) teamed up to coordinate with vendors to try out new electric equipment at the park. The groundskeepers are providing feedback to the vendors, suggesting possible improvements or adjustments to the equipment.

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FMD’s Mike Nielson reports several advantages when using the electric equipment, including:

  • The ability to use electric power equipment on Spare the Air days.
  • Less weight than gas equipment, limiting fatigue on the groundskeepers.
  • No gas emissions are being released into the air.
  • No gas fumes for the groundskeeper to breathe in while they are using the equipment.
  • Lower engine decibel levels, allowing the groundskeepers to work with power equipment earlier in the morning without concern of violating the city sound ordinances.
  • Lower decibel levels mean less potential for hearing loss and/or damage to the groundskeepers.
  • Batteries are easily and quickly charged.


DGS has also been working with ARB as they perform emission tests, decibel testing and engine load tests on some of the current gas equipment.

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Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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