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Conference will commemorate clean diesel initiatives
July 14, 2010
The EPA, NASDPTS and other groups are organizing Clean Diesel 10, to be held in Washington, D.C., in October. The event will include a presentation on the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Program, an exhibit area for green technology, sessions on emerging technology and a forum to generate future initiatives.
Los Angeles district buys Thomas Built CNG units
June 24, 2010
The 130 Saf-T-Liner HDX buses will join Los Angeles Unified School District’s fleet of more than 300 alternative-fueled school buses. The district’s transportation department, which currently operates the largest CNG fleet in California, only accepts bids for buses that operate on alternative fuels.
Publications provide information on diesel retrofit equipment
June 18, 2010
Technical bulletins with facts about diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters, as well as installation, operation and maintenance tips, are available on the National Clean Diesel Campaign section of the EPA Website.
New propane Type A unveiled
June 10, 2010
The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin will be offered for sale starting in July, with production beginning toward the end of this year, company officials say.
A-Z Bus Sales awarded LAUSD contract
June 10, 2010
Los Angeles district will replace its 20-plus-year-old diesel buses with CNG Blue Bird buses purchased through A-Z Bus Sales. The dealer delivered more than 235 propane buses to LAUSD and four of its contracted service providers in the past year.
Alternative Fuel Options: Spotlight on Propane and CNG
June 10, 2010

Thinking about operating buses powered by these fuels? Take into consideration the possible financial benefits, the space necessary for refueling infrastructure and what type of dispensing equipment suits the fleet, as well as employee safety and training.

Obama calls for increased fuel efficiency for buses, trucks
June 1, 2010
Under a new presidential memorandum, stricter fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks will go into effect for model year 2014.
Navistar, Enova announce deployment of 16 hybrid buses
June 1, 2010
Sixteen hybrid school buses will be put into service at several school districts. This deployment represents the initial large-scale utilization of U.S. Department of Energy grants for clean school buses.
Winner named in first Canada's Greenest School contest
May 20, 2010
An essay from Burnaby (British Columbia) North Secondary student Jennifer H. wins the most votes, earning the school a hybrid school bus from IC Bus and Jennifer a $3,000 scholarship.
Industry veteran honored for alternative-fuel efforts
May 17, 2010
Ralph Knight, transportation director for Napa (Calif.) Valley Unified School District, receives the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute’s Magic School Bus Award for implementing alternative-fuel use at his operation. The district was the first in the nation to receive Collins' Type A hybrid-electric school bus.
$25M awarded for bus replacements, retrofits
May 17, 2010
The South Coast Air Quality Management District in California provides $16.6 million to help school districts buy new CNG school buses. Private operators get $8.8 million to retrofit older diesel buses with particulate traps.
Thomas Built to deliver more than 1,500 SCR-equipped buses
May 12, 2010
The manufacturer has received orders in 44 states and five Canadian provinces for its Saf-T-Liner units outfitted with selective catalytic reduction technology. Operations in Maryland and Virginia are among the Thomas Built customers that have opted for this technology to meet the EPA's 2010 emissions standards.
Blue Bird rolls out SCR-equipped demo buses
May 10, 2010
More than 100 of the school bus manufacturer’s units are being transported to dealerships for demonstrations. The North American Blue Bird SCR Demo Bus campaign will provide pupil transportation officials with opportunities to see the benefits of Selective Catalytic Reduction technology through dealer open houses, ride-and-drive events and private bus viewings.
School bus idling fine tripled
April 30, 2010
Violations of California’s school bus idling rules now get a minimum fine of $300, up from $100. A GPS system is a key tool in ensuring that drivers comply, one school district reports.
Elementary students' newscast wins IC's green contest
April 27, 2010
South Shore Public Charter School in Norwell, Mass., submitted the winning entry in this year's America's Greenest School contest, winning a hybrid school bus from IC Bus.
Propane engine earns EPA certification
April 6, 2010
CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane engine built on a General Motors 6.0L chassis is expected to be commercially available by this summer. Collins will display its Type A bus equipped with the engine at a propane convention in Atlanta this week.
Interest in Thomas Built hybrid bus grows
April 1, 2010
The school bus manufacturer reports that it has received more than three dozen orders for its new Saf-T-Liner C2e diesel-electric hybrid bus. A Texas school district is one operation that recently added 25 units to its fleet. Thomas Built says the C2e can reduce emissions and improve fuel economy by 30 percent or more.
Finalists named in America’s Greenest School contest
March 25, 2010
Schools in New York, California, Kentucky, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio made the list. The public has until April 2 to vote for the school that they believe is most deserving of the title.
Blue Bird presents at Propane Engine Fuel Summit
March 17, 2010
Company officials spoke to attendees about the Propane-Powered Vision Type C school and activity bus, noting that the 77-passenger unit meets and exceeds all federal and Canadian motor vehicle safety standards and yields lower fuel, maintenance and operating costs.
IC Bus in search of Canada’s Greenest School
March 16, 2010
Students are encouraged to convey their visions for how they would make their schools more environmentally friendly. The school of the winning entrant will receive a hybrid school bus from the manufacturer and a “green” audit.

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