Climate First: Replacing Oil & Gas

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Transitioning to Clean-Electric Sources

Transitioning to Clean-Electric Sources

Decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels requires various actions – from stopping the extraction of resources like oil and gas to transitioning our energy consumption to clean-electric sources!

CFROG is working with Mow Better, a Sacramento-based community group dedicated to phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn equipment in the state of California, to support updated regulations to prohibit the sale of this type of equipment. 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will meet on December 9th or 10th, 2021 to consider updating the state’ air quality regulations to prohibit the sale of gas-powered mowers, leaf blowers, and other small polluting gasoline engines beginning in 2024.


Many individuals from the out-of-state manufacturing industry have made comments arguing against this electrification. We are asking YOU to stand for clean energy by sharing your support for new phase out regulations.

CARB prefers comment through this link. You may also email comments to the Clerk of the Board, at with the subject line “SORE 2021”

Scroll down for a sample comment from Mow Better – feel free to make it your own!


CARB will be discussing this agenda item on either December 9th or 10th, 2021 and we invite you to join and share your support for these necessary, climate-friendly regulations! More details to follow!

CFROG helps set this state-wide precedent

In 2017, CFROG helped the City of Ojai to ban noisy, dated, incredibly polluting gas-powered lawn equipment and transition the Ojai Public Works Department to battery power, saving 66 tons of CO2 annually and reducing smog and noise as an important co-benefit.This was the second community in the state and the first in Ventura County to do so – and CFROG is excited to see a similar state-wide future. 

The bold actions of one community can set a precedent for other agencies to follow suit. We focus on victories that can create ‘ripple effects’ like this.

Example Comment - make it your own!

Subject: Support for California’s transition to clean lawn care equipment
I support the adoption of new regulations that will phase out the sale of highly-polluting gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn equipment in California beginning in 2024.
While these regulations do not prohibit the use of polluting equipment, they do propose restricting the production of new equipment to sell or lease for use in the State of California beginning in 2024. This is a modest but important step to advance greater use of cleaner, healthier and quieter equipment.
As your agency’s own research has found, the use of gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers in particular causes numerous health problems, greatly contributing to California’s sad role as home to seven of the Top Ten most polluted cities in the nation. In fact, California risks losing future federal funding if we continue to fail to meet national air quality standards.
CARB’s public health benefit analysis determined that these new regulations, if adopted, will result in:
  • $8.8 billion in monetized health benefits through 2043
  • 892 lives saved from premature deaths
  • 438 fewer emergency room visits for asthma
  • 311 fewer hospitalizations for respiratory and cardiovascular issues
Fortunately the California Legislature has appropriated $30 million for your agency to distribute to small proprietor landscapers and help them begin to acquire and transition to new, zero emission electric and manual equipment. In addition, air districts around the state are also operating effective buyback and subsidy programs. Funding also must be provided to support training programs to help landscapers switch to clean tools.
These regulations advance legislation enacted this year (AB 1346) to phase out the sale of gas-powered lawn equipment beginning in 2024, and also advance Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20, which sets a goal to transition off-road vehicles and equipment operations to 100 percent zero-emission by 2035 where feasible.
Please vote to approve and amend the SORE regulations per the staff recommendation.

Mow Better - learn more

Interested in learning more about Mow Better – visit and join their Facebook Group here

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