San Antonio Missions co-hosted the third annual commercial propane mower event with the Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition on April 19th at Mission San Juan.
Superintendent John Lujan drove a propane powered grooming mower to kick off the event in support of the use of alternative fueled equipment. Held on the heels of the park’s Climate Friendly workshop, this event highlights the park’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve operational efficiency, and reduce costs.
San Antonio Missions NHP has been using propane powered mowers since 2008 and has been aggressively pursuing other “green” initiatives since 2003, when the park achieved ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system.
The park has a three-tiered mowing protocol for the 196 acres of maintained landscape that employs differing equipment and mowing frequencies per area as a sustainable measure to meet city code compliance and the high expectations of park visitors and to fulfill the preservation standards of 14 cultural landscapes.
Propane mowers are cheaper than gasoline or diesel mowers, reduces greenhouse gas emissions substantially, and are operationally more efficient for park staff.
Click the link below for a local newscast of the event and an interview with the superintendent.