OGDEN — Weber State University is partnering with several other groups to sponsor a lawnmower exchange for those who want to trade in their gas-powered lawnmower for an electric one.
Those who enter the “Cut Pollution — Mow Electric” lottery and are selected through a randomized process can exchange their operable gas-powered mower for one of 762 new Kobalt 40-volt cordless electric lawn mowers with mulching capability for $100 plus tax and a 3 percent credit card fee. Fee waivers are available for those in need. Typical retail price of the electric mower is $329.
Utahns who live in areas that regularly experience poor air quality as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, are eligible for the program. Residents can check their ZIP code at weber.edu/mowelectric/eligibility.html to see if they qualify.
Those who want to participate can enter the lottery beginning Thursday, March 1, and applications will be accepted throughout the month.
Winners will be notified by email on Friday, April 6. Those selected will have three days to pay $100 in advance and choose an exchange time on Saturday, April 21, at WSU’s W4 parking lot and the WSU Davis campus parking lot, 2470 University Park Blvd., Layton. Participation is limited to one electric mower per household.
“While a single mower may not seem like a major source of pollution, the emissions are relatively high when compared to an average car, and they are generated in close proximity to the person pushing the mower,” Alice Mulder, director of WSU’s Sustainability Practices and Research Center, said in a statement.
“If all 762 of the electric mowers available through the program are used for one hour, in place of a gas-powered mower, we will have avoided the equivalent emissions of a car driving nearly 122,000 miles. That is significant.”
Funding for the program was made possible with grants from the Utah Clean Air Partnership UCAIR, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, WSU’s sustainability offices, and the Davis County and Weber-Morgan health departments.