The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, & Open Spaces Department became the first recipient of the Green Leadership City Award, given by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC.)
The award aims to highlight public agencies demonstrating a commitment to environmentally conscious and sustainable practices. For nearly 10 years, the Miami-Dade parks department has maintained the community’s greenspaces with propane mowers—running 95% of its fleet on the alternative fuel. The mowers are used on the county’s parks and sports fields, as well as for 122 residential communities in the county’s special tax districts.
As part of the award designation, PERC donated $5,000 to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The donation was announced at a celebration event held at Southridge Park.
PERC intends that by presenting this award, more municipalities, counties and public agencies become aware of the benefits from switching to using propane-fueled mowing equipment — including reduced greenhouse gas, NOx, and SOx emissions; increased productivity; and lower fuel costs.