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The Big Mow

Green Awards winner: Dan Delventhal’s environmental journey



Douglas Foulke

Dan Delventhal hopes to improve the way we look at our environment, pollution, and consumption. Eight years ago he developed MowGreen, a lawn-care business that has been growing every year. Using push mowers, Delventhal’s business eliminates the gas emissions from lawn machines, which are 20 times more polluted than emissions from cars. “Push mowers are quiet, pollution-free, and a great way for athletes to work and workout during the summer months,” Delventhal says.

A reptile nerd and a fan of the outdoors since childhood, Delventhal caught the nature bug early on. Having grown up in Harlington, Connecticut, and living in Fairfield for 30 years now, Delventhal credits his father and brother as major influences on his pro-environment mindset. Delventhal’s brother in particular was an environmental hero.

Dwight led an activist lifestyle, went to Vermont in the 1980s, lived off-grid, and built a house with solar panels. However, Dwight passed away from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which is linked to paints and pesticides. Delventhal notes, “I know two photographers who died of the same thing at the same age, 47. Dwight used to bathe in rivers on the edge of corn fields, was a fine carpenter, but often among the paints, sadly.” His brother’s death contributed to Delventhal’s desire to do something about the faltering environment. 

A gasoline-free lawn service is not the only goal for Delventhal. Composting is another hot topic driven by his desire to cleanse the earth of pollution and consumption. Delventhal composts at his home, which is not only the host for a compost pile but has solar panels installed on the roof. However, Delventhal goes beyond his own house by introducing composting to companies he has worked for and is working for. Working in sales all his life, Delventhal currently holds the position of sales manager at LANStatus.

There is a lot of food waste in office buildings, making them prime targets for compost bins. He has implemented recycling bins, garbage bins, and composting bins to encourage his co-workers to compost. He brings the compost bins (usually in the form of empty coffee containers) home with him to put in his own compost pile in the backyard. “Composting is easy, free, and produces fantastic fertilizer,” Delventhal says. 

Co-workers have given him the nickname Captain Compost. Delventhal notes, “When I’m not Captain Compost, I am Dan QuiMowte, Man of LaMowGreen with the Impossible Dream.”

For fans of this song, I think you’ll enjoy Delventhal’s new version:

To dream the impossible dream,
To hope that our air can be clean,
To mow with no carbon emissions,
To drink from a clear mountain stream,

This is my quest, and I’m healthy and strong, 
It’s from pushing reel mowers, on organic lawns,

So I’m thinking it’s cool, to burn fat but not fuel,
Let’s stand up for what’s right, like we’re teaching in school.

MowGreen’s reel mowing, and solar-charged electric’s, clean and serene,
So, go green with mow green, we use  no stinking gasoline.


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