Grand Ledge, MI— Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities (GLACC) has been awarded $230,938 from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) State Clean Diesel Program to help Genesee Intermediate School District and Ovid Elsie Area School District reduce school bus emissions.

“We are excited to assist Genesee and Ovid Elsie in their clean transportation goals,” said Maggie Striz Calnin, Executive Director of GLACC. “Newer, more efficient buses will create better air quality for children while increasing the use of clean transportation technologies in Michigan.”

This grant will support the replacement of four aging school buses. Ovid Elsie Area Schools will receive two new diesel buses that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanest emission standards and Genesee Intermediate School District will receive two alternative fuel buses that run on propane. Exhaust control equipment will also be installed on 14 of Ovid Elsie’s buses.

“Our district works to use clean fuels and vehicles to keep a healthy school environment,” said Frank Quine, Mechanic at Ovid Elsie. “We’re pleased to partner with GLACC to take another step in this direction.”

“GISD is committed to providing safe transportation for students. This project helps us improve our fleet and achieve our safety goals,” said Gary West, Transportation Director at Genesee Intermediate School District.

This project is part of GLACC’s Clear the Air for Schoolkids program that is focused on helping schools implement alternative fuels and emissions reduction practices. Through Clear the Air for Schoolkids, GLACC has drawn nearly $2 million in state and federal funding for clean transportation projects in Michigan since 2009.