Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities (GLACC) will work with Genesee Intermediate School District, Haslett Public Schools, Mason Public Schools, Waverly Community Schools, and Williamston Community Schools throughout 2013 to replace aging school buses with new buses that deliver higher fuel economy and lower emissions. This project is part of the Michigan Clean Diesel Collaborative (MCDC) – an initiative that will replace and upgrade diesel vehicles in Lansing, Flint, and metro Detroit.

Funding to support replacements was made available through the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance program. Three buses will be replaced with Bluebird buses that are powered by propane fuel that emits significantly less emissions than diesel fuel. The remaining five buses will be replaced with efficient diesel buses that will also reduce emissions.

Waverly Community Schools is the first of the districts to order and receive its new buses. Waverly Transportation Director Rhonda Sosnowski has experience with a prior grant project with GLACC that allowed the district to replace three buses in 2012.

The Michigan Clean Diesel Collaborative will also support diesel vehicle replacements and upgrades in metro Detroit. The MCDC is administered by Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, with GLACC and NextEnergy as project partners implementing aspects of the initiative. To learn more about the U.S. EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance program visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgnational.htm.