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District officials ride Blue Bird propane-powered bus
October 16, 2012
During the event hosted by ROUSH CleanTech and organized by Blue Bird dealer Cardinal Bus Sales, 30 Ohio school district representatives go on a 300-mile roundtrip ride between Lima, Ohio, and Livonia, Mich., in the propane-powered Vision. They learn about ROUSH’s liquid propane fuel system and product platforms, and tour the company’s emissions testing dynamometer lab and the manufacturing facility.
EPA awards $30M for clean diesel projects
October 11, 2012
School buses are among the vehicles being replaced or retrofitted in the latest round of funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA. Sioux Falls (S.D.) School District, for example, is being awarded $450,000 for replacing 18 school buses.
W.Va. adds propane as option for school buses
October 9, 2012
State director Ben Shew tells SBF that propane’s price and its availability in West Virginia are key factors in school districts’ interest in the alternative fuel. He says that switching to propane could save more than $3,100 in fuel costs annually per bus.
Supercapacitors touted as 'green' energy source
October 4, 2012
In an article by Philip Ball for the Energy Quarterly feature of MRS Bulletin, a professor and researcher at Drexel University in Philadelphia explains supercapacitors as power-storage devices that can supply onboard electrical power in vehicles. Officials say that on buses, the technology can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 30%.
New natural gas engine for school buses in the works
October 4, 2012
Cummins Westport has begun development on the ISB6.7 G, a mid-range 6.7-liter natural gas engine. The new engine, expected to be in production by 2015, will be based on the Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine and will use Cummins Westport's spark-ignited, stoichiometric cooled exhaust gas recirculation technology.
Pupil transporters among 40 Sustainability All-Stars
October 3, 2012
Officials from Houston Independent School District, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, and Wisconsin contractor Riteway receive the award at the Green Fleet Conference. Their efforts include implementing alternative fuels, increasing route efficiency and decreasing office energy consumption.
District’s hybrid buses parked over green rub rails
September 18, 2012
The California Highway Patrol maintains that the green rails on Napa Valley Unified School District’s buses are not in compliance with state and national standards. Director of Transportation Ralph Knight discusses with SBF the benefits he says he believes the green rails provide, and the steps he’s taking to try to revise California’s regulations on school bus colors after an exemption request to allow the green rails was denied by the highway patrol.
EPA offers $2M in rebates for school bus replacement
September 13, 2012
The EPA’s first-ever rebate program will be a pilot focusing specifically on replacing older school buses. School districts and contractors will be among those eligible for the program, which will provide rebates ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.
Coalition honored for providing hybrid buses to Ky.
September 13, 2012
A Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition team, which includes Eaton Corp. and the Kentucky Department of Education, receives the first Visionary Leadership Award from the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Group. Eaton assembles the hybrid system for the buses, and the coalition provides the buses through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.
IC Bus Tulsa plant rewarded for energy efficiency
August 24, 2012
The school bus manufacturer receives an incentive payment for nearly $150,000 for retrofitting its Tulsa plant with high-efficiency lighting. Officials estimate that the new lighting at the IC Bus plant will save more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
Dallas district converts 53 buses to propane
August 16, 2012
The conversion of Dallas County Schools' buses by CleanFUEL USA is funded through a $1 million grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Clean Fleets North Texas program. CleanFUEL USA has also secured 37 new or expanded contracts with other Texas districts.
App provides alternative fuel station location data
August 8, 2012
The Cleaner and Greener Fuels app from Leonardo Academy is available for download free of charge from the iTunes app store, the Google Play store and the Cleaner and Greener website. It provides routes to stations on a series of interactive maps for such fuels as compressed natural gas, biodiesel, propane and electricity.
Navistar reveals new engine emission technology
July 6, 2012
The manufacturer will introduce a next-generation clean engine solution to meet the 2010 EPA emissions regulations and to position the company to meet greenhouse gas rules ahead of 2014 and 2017 requirements, officials announce. A Navistar spokesperson tells SBF that the short-term focus for the technology is on big-bore engines.
Trans Tech’s electric school bus to appear in TV show
June 26, 2012
The eTrans will be featured during the Kids Count program on Fresno, Calif.’s Valley PBS. The show will also be available for online viewing after the initial broadcast.
Ga., Ind. districts pioneer use of propane school buses
May 14, 2012
Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga., which runs 20 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, is recognized by state legislators and dignitaries as the state’s first school district to power buses with the alternative fuel. Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., will reportedly deploy the state’s first Propane-Powered Vision units prior to summer break. Officials say both districts are seeing savings in fuel costs from the buses.
Texas district awarded $1.7M for bus retrofits
May 10, 2012
The grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Texas Clean School Bus Program will outfit 129 Brownsville Independent School District buses with pollution-control equipment, including diesel particulate filters for older school buses.
Ariz. district sees increased savings with propane buses
May 9, 2012
A new case study reveals that Mesa Public Schools’ Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird Type A school buses and six Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision Type C units are yielding a savings of 32.6 cents per mile. In February, the district reported a savings of 25.1 cents per mile with the Type A buses.
Green Fleets Across America 2012
May 3, 2012

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Trans Tech eTrans goes on N.Y. tour
April 26, 2012
The manufacturer's all-electric bus makes a stop at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Thursday for a government VIP and media ride-along. Officials say the bus, which features an electric chassis from Smith Electric Vehicles, has a trip range of approximately 120 to 130 miles per charge and produces zero emissions.
$20M offered for clean diesel projects
April 24, 2012
This is the first grant competition since the Diesel Emission Reduction Program was reauthorized in 2011. Projects can reduce air pollution from older school buses, among other vehicles.

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