idverde’s Head of Assets and Fleet, Angus Lindsay, considers the future of grounds maintenance, and it looks green.
A new world of virtual meetings and conference calls have become the new norm in our lives, meaning that, more and more, we are interacting with our colleagues through a screen. It’s enlightening to see people in their home environment as you can’t help but look at what’s going on in the background, what’s on their shelves, the pictures on the wall and their choice in décor. Lockdown has given us a whole new insight into the people with whom we work.
This year’s Living City conference became a virtual two-hour event with input from experts across the globe. The online format took nothing away from the presentations and “wow” factor of what the future holds in terms of stakeholders’ green agenda and how businesses are tackling these challenges.
Of particular interest was a presentation from the American Green Zone Alliance, (AGZA), a body whose aim is to educate end users, facilities managers and contractors as to the impact of their grounds maintenance operations. This is achieved by training and certifying operators and managers alike in the safe and effective implementation of the latest battery electric equipment by designing, verifying and certifying low emission Green Zones® for cities, schools, golf courses, and commercial properties to promote healthy workers and peaceful communities. Would the AGZA format work in the UK? I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t; maybe BALI could look at a similar form of accreditation which would complete the circle for environmental good practice.