Green House Gas Emissions & Carbon Reduction
BrightView is an industry leading pioneer in the use of landscaping strategies and electric equipment to help clients reduce their carbon footprint and meet LEED certification standards.
BrightView works with clients to design and maintain green roofs, where carbon-consuming plants are installed directly into the building structure. The surface temperature of green roofs can be 30 to 40 degrees lower than a conventional roof top, and green roofs can reduce a buildings energy requirements, extend the life of the roof system and help to reduce the surrounding air temperature of cities and towns. In addition to energy benefits, a green roof can absorb 80% of rain fall, as compared to the 24% absorption capacity of a conventional roof top. This increased absorption capacity reduces water run-off and prevents property and downstream flooding.
In 2017, BrightView partnered with Dell Medical School at the University of Texas to turn its roof into a 17,000 square feet garden for research and meditation. This project alone keeps more than eight pounds of nitrogen oxide, 17 pounds of sulfur dioxide, and six tons of carbon dioxide out of the environment annually.
BrightView introduced hybrid vehicles to the fleet ten years ago and has since continued to explore ways to further reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet, including recycling the vehicles and equipment regularly to ensure they are fuel efficient. Most recently, BrightView piloted its telematics platform to monitor vehicle location, maintenance and idle time to maximize fleet efficiency and minimize emissions.
BrightView maintains a robust supply of zero-emission landscaping equipment, including electric line trimmers, blowers, and mowers. We plan to rapidly convert approximately 35,000 pieces of 2-cycle gas powered equipment to rechargeable energy sources by 2025, resulting in a greater than 50 percent reduction in BrightView’s carbon footprint.
BrightView crews maintain green landscapes at sites such as university campuses, homeowner associations, luxury hotels, and municipalities throughout the United States.
In 2018, BrightView piloted a green initiative on the University of Pennsylvania’s 299-acre campus. All equipment used to maintain and service the campus landscape is electric, creating a sustainable community and a quiet environment conducive to study and outdoor enjoyment.