KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An area school district was among the recipients of the 2014 NGV Achievement Awards for its use of compressed natural gas (CNG) for its fleet.

The honors were presented on Wednesday at the Kansas City Convention Center as part of the 2014 North American Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Conference & Expo.

The NGV Achievement Awards recognize national innovators and early adopters for their leadership, vision and innovation to advance natural gas as a vehicular fuel.

Among the 12 winners this year was Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District, which was recognized for Outstanding CNG Fleet & Station Program.

The district has launched an initiative to transition its fleet over the next 10 years to buses powered by natural gas. As of this fall, 106 buses — about 71% of Lee’s Summit’s entire school bus fleet — have been replaced with CNG-powered models.

The other recipients of the 2014 NGV Achievement Awards are:

• Apache Corp. — NGV Advocacy & Fleet Implementation Program
• City Furniture Inc. — Outstanding CNG Fleet & Station Program
• ColdStar Solutions Inc. — NGV Advocacy & Fleet Implementation Program
• Denver International Airport — 25+ Years of Exemplary NGV Industry Leadership
• Dr. Mostafa M. Kamel — NGV Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
• Emerald Coast Utilities Authority — NGV Advocacy & Fleet Implementation Program
• John R. Bacon — NGV Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
• Samuel C. Swearngin — NGV Advocacy & Fleet Implementation Program
• Seaboard Foods — Outstanding CNG Fleet & Station Program
• Sysco Corp. — Outstanding Natural Gas Fleet & Station Program
• USA Hauling & Recycling Inc. — NGV Advocacy & Fleet Implementation Program

“The NGV Achievement Awards provide an important opportunity to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of our industry’s leaders,” NGVAmerica President Matthew Godlewski said. “The vision and hard work of this year’s recipients is growing the NGV industry and is helping others to realize the economic and environmental benefits of using domestic natural gas as a transportation fuel.”

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