GLACC’s Clean Diesel project with seven fleet partners in greater Lansing is three months out from completion and making great strides. This project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local match dollars provided by project partners.

Since October 2011, project partners Haslett Public Schools, Charlotte Public Schools, Waverly Community Schools, and Grand Ledge Public Schools, as well as Michigan State University, Dean Transportation and Dean Trailways have made purchases of new buses or exhaust control equipment for diesel vehicles in their fleet. Nearly all buses have been received to date, with exhaust controls being delivered and installed this summer. Up to thirty buses will be replaced, with over thirty vehicles receiving exhaust control equipment.

All vehicles replaced under the grant are required to be scrapped, in order to make sure out-dated, highly polluting diesel engines remain out of service. In this way, the project meets the EPA goal of reducing emissions from diesel engines, or “mobile sources” to improve air quality and reduce negative human health impacts from diesel vehicle exhaust. Such impacts include aggravation of asthma symptoms, and other respiratory ailments, as well as heart diesel and cancers attributable to diesel soot.

“This project wouldn’t be possible without our partner school districts, MSU, and Dean Transportation and Dean Trailways,” said Maggie Striz Calnin, GLACC executive director. “GLACC works to bring grant dollars to mid-Michigan for clean transportation projects, but of course, there is no project without our fleet partners!”

The project is the second EPA-funded project for GLACC. The organization is currently applying as part of a collaborative application under the current round of the EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program.