It takes a significant amount of strategic planning, people, and teamwork to keep university or college campus running smoothly. Creating a welcoming learning environment is essential, as is containing costs and promoting your school to prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other partners. Switching to electric can benefit institutions of higher learning 

1. Green Is a Great Selling Point

As a university, it is important that you maintain positive public relations in order to attract the best and brightest. The Princeton Review releases an annual guide to “green colleges,” awarding institutions across the country with a green star for initiatives such as recycling and composting programs, sustainable energy, LEED-certified buildings, greenhouse gas mitigation plans, etc. 

According to the Princeton Review, 54% of 10,000 college applicants say that they wanted a way to compare colleges “based on their commitment to environmental issues,” and that this would “very much” or “somewhat” contribute to their decision to apply and attend. 

Mean Green Mowers produce zero emissions, operate at 90% efficiency (compared to 20% for gas-powered mowers), and use no gas or oil. These are significant selling points that you can utilize in your marketing, recruiting, and hiring efforts. 

2. Low Noise: Study in Peace!

A conventional gas-powered mower generates about 95-100 decibels (dB) of noise. Trying to get down to the business of learning and teaching is challenging when you have the equivalent of a jet engine roaring outside the window. Mean Green Mowers operate at a maximum of 80dB.  

Because noise doubles with every 6dB, an industry-leading electric mower is exponentially quieter than a gas-powered model. Instead of a jet, the dB level is about the same as the background conversation in a restaurant. Much more conducive to soaking up all that knowledge! 

Additionally, you will cut noise pollution, protect your employees’ hearing, and reduce impact on the surrounding ecosystem. 

3. Low Operating and Maintenance Costs

Take a look at your ground/lawn care budget. How much are you spending on gas? On oil? On replacement belts and clutches? How much time do your people spend checking and changing fuel and filters? Cleaning spark plugs? Monitoring the cooling systems? Fixing leaks? How many man hours are wasted on this? 

Now consider the operating costs associated with a Mean Green Mower. Gas: $0. Oil: $0. Fuel and air filters: $0. Carbs/injectors: $0. Belts and clutches: $0. Engine repairs: $0. With no internal combustion engine, you eliminate a lot of the “moving parts” that too often break down or fail on gas mowers. 

What about maintenance? You grease the fittings on the front wheels every 50-100 hours, keep your blades sharp, and go on about your day. Your crews are freed up to do what they do best: keeping the university grounds in great shape. 

4. LEED Points 

 LEED-certified buildings were cited as an important consideration in the Princeton Review survey. Your university can earn one very easy LEED point by utilizing Mean Green Mowers. According to the LEED Building Operations and Maintenance Manual, you can earn a point by limiting turf area to 25% or less of the vegetated area (excluding playgrounds and athletic fields) OR by using “all manual or electric-powered equipment in all site management operations.” 

5. Build a Better Future

 The industry’s top electric mowers reduce carbon emissions, rely on sustainable fuel sources, and cut noise. It is one step we can take to build a better future for everyone. Universities are educating the next generation of leaders and innovators; using environmentally friendly equipment is one powerful way to practice what you preach, so to speak. A green future is worth working towards! Learn more about going green with Mean Green Mowers, connect with us today!