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Over 2,000 propane school buses now running in Texas
October 10, 2013
The Propane Council of Texas reports that about 75 Texas school districts are operating buses powered by propane autogas. A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for propane has helped districts generate big savings in fuel costs.
Navistar adds Cummins ISB engine for school buses, trucks
September 3, 2013
IC Bus CE Series school buses and International DuraStar trucks with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine will be Navistar's first medium-duty vehicles with selective catalytic reduction emissions aftertreatment.
New EPA chief touted for 'common sense' strategies
August 7, 2013
Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, has made a long career of working on environmental issues. President Obama says that she “knows how to build bipartisan support for common sense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth.”
Missouri district to transition fleet to CNG
August 6, 2013
In a 10-year lease-purchase agreement, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will replace its diesel fleet with 149 Thomas Built school buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The district’s program also includes a shift toward CNG-powered facility maintenance trucks and continued use of all-electric delivery trucks.
Texas district’s transportation services honored for sustainability
May 20, 2013
The Houston Independent School District wins the National Association of Fleet Administrators Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability award for 2013. The district is recognized for its use of alternative fuels and partnership with the University of Houston to test a school bus filter that will convert smog-producing pollutants emitted from engines into water and nitrogen gas.
$9 million available for new round of clean diesel grants
May 9, 2013
The U.S. EPA is now soliciting proposals for the 2013 National Clean Diesel Funding Program. The program, funded by the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, provides grants to retrofit or replace older diesel school buses and other vehicles.
Cleaire assets acquired by ESW
May 8, 2013
Cleaire, which offered a variety of diesel particulate filters to retrofit school buses and other vehicles, closed in January. Environmental Solutions Worldwide has now acquired Cleaire's product line and certain assets, and California air officials say that the company "is committed to providing technical and warranty support to Cleaire customers."
DERA report to Congress highlights school bus retrofits
April 30, 2013
The U.S. EPA’s new report to Congress includes insight into the significant role of school buses in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program. Among the notable projects was the state of Mississippi replacing 52 school buses and equipping 2,000 more with emissions-reducing technologies.
7 school districts awarded grants for bus retrofits
April 24, 2013
The Jefferson County, Mo., districts will receive a total of $300,000 to equip school buses with emission-reducing equipment. The funding comes from lead producer Doe Run as part of an agreement with the EPA.
TV spot focuses on CNG school buses
February 25, 2013
Long-running public television program MotorWeek does a segment on Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, which has close to half of its 114 buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The district plans to go all-CNG when more fueling stations are available.
Diesel retrofit supplier Cleaire shuts down
February 20, 2013
The company, which offered a variety of diesel particulate filters to retrofit school buses and other vehicles, closed last month. Cleaire’s LongMile filter has reportedly been linked to brush fires and was voluntarily recalled last year. A California Air Resources Board official says that “it is paramount that the safety concerns with the Cleaire LongMile system are immediately addressed.”
Missouri lead producer to provide $300,000 for bus retrofits
February 12, 2013
As part of an agreement with the EPA, the Doe Run Co. will offer a total of $500,000 to help Missouri districts retrofit diesel school buses and improve environmental practices in school science labs. Districts in Jefferson County, Mo., get first crack at the grants.
EPA names winners of $2 million in school bus rebates
February 6, 2013
Agency officials call the response from school bus fleets “overwhelming” — there were more than 1,000 applications for rebates. The 30 randomly chosen recipients include school districts and contractors from various states.
Ariz. district buys 13 propane school buses
January 7, 2013
Glendale Elementary School District acquires six Blue Bird propane buses and seven Collins propane buses — the district's first powered by the alternative fuel. Canyon State Bus Sales' Phil Polizzatto calls the district's decision "both financially and environmentally responsible."
Webasto, ESW integrate pollution-control technologies
December 13, 2012
Webasto Product North America’s engine-off heaters and ESW Group’s diesel particulate filters together can help to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions and the need to idle, company officials say. They also say that the combined technologies can help fleet owner/operators to obtain Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding for emission-control and idle-reduction equipment.
Ohio EPA awards $277K for pollution-control technology
November 19, 2012
Eight school districts in the state receive a total of $277,885.53 in grants to install diesel oxidation catalysts and anti-idling equipment on their school buses as part of the agency’s Clean Diesel School Bus Grant program. The next grant application deadline is March 1, and priority is given to applicants in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards for fine particulates.
EPA to open application period for school bus rebates
November 6, 2012
The agency will collect applications for the new program from Nov. 13 to Dec. 14. A total of about $2 million will be available for rebates on new school buses to replace older buses.
Thomas Built to develop CNG-fueled Type C
October 23, 2012
The school bus manufacturer announces at the NAPT Summit that it will develop a Saf-T-Liner C2 powered by compressed natural gas. Also, Thomas Built’s new propane Type A is now in production, and its propane Type C is expected to be available next year.
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.
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.

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