Alternative Fuels

Propane Council Donates $25K to Schools Using Propane Buses

Posted on September 29, 2016
Jenna Bush Hager poses with students at a propane school bus event at Northside ISD in Texas.
Jenna Bush Hager poses with students at a propane school bus event at Northside ISD in Texas.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of a campaign to teach communities about the benefits of propane-powered transportation, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has donated $25,000 to teachers at schools that use propane buses.

PERC is partnering with journalist and former teacher Jenna Bush Hager and the nonprofit to donate the funds.

"It's clear when you talk to school administrators and transportation departments that they are saving more than just dollars and cents by going with propane buses," Hager said. "The switch is improving their school as a whole and giving them the opportunity to invest in more teachers or school programs."

PERC’s donation will benefit teachers at four schools this fall in school districts in San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Orlando, Florida; and Reno, Nevada.

The transition from diesel to propane buses has been reported in at least 20 of the top 25 designated market areas, and four of the 10 largest school districts in the country are using them, according to PERC.

"As a former teacher and parent, I know that the school day begins and ends on the bus," Hager added. "When we give our kids a safer, healthier start to the day, it can improve their entire experience in the classroom and at home, too."

For more information on propane school buses, including bus safety tips for parents and kids courtesy of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, visit To donate locally to teachers, visit

Related Topics: alternative fuels, propane

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories

Diesel Buses Stretch Funds Further Than Electric Buses

In this guest editorial, Allen Schaeffer from the Diesel Technology Forum says that for the same fixed investment, many more older and higher-emitting school buses can be replaced with new-technology diesel than with an all-electric choice.

NAPT’s 2018 conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, in late October. Seen here is the 2017 conference in Columbus, Ohio.

NAPT Reveals 2018 Conference Agenda

Workshops will cover such topics as school choice, employee retention, and school shootings. A live-action event will demonstrate school bus fires and evacuations.


Storage Cabinet for Small Parts

A new storage cabinet from JohnDow Industries is designed to hold up to 12 different assortments of the most popular smaller service parts.


Workshop Management Tool

Chevin Fleet Solutions’ Workshop Hub, when fully launched in early 2019, can be used as a central location for technicians to complete daily administration tasks such as time sheets, inspection sheets, and workshop audits from the workshop floor.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!