School Districts Receive New Buses Through $166,000 EPA Grant

LANSING, MI- School districts in Michigan have been under budgetary pressure for years, so it takes ingenuity to keep up with operational demands when resources are scarce. Over the past year, Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities (GLACC) has worked with Genesee Intermediate School District, Haslett Public Schools, Mason Public Schools, Waverly Community Schools, and Williamston Community Schools to replace aging school buses with new buses that deliver higher fuel economy and lower emissions.

This project was a part of the Michigan Clean Diesel Collaborative (MCDC) – an initiative that replaced and upgraded diesel vehicles in Lansing, Flint, and Detroit. The MCDC is administered by Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV), with GLACC and NextEnergy as project partners implementing aspects of the initiative.

Funding to support replacements was made available through the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance program. A total of eight school buses were replaced as a result of this project; seven of which are diesel buses that meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanest emission standards and one that runs on propane fuel. In addition to the replacements in Greater Lansing, the MCDC supported 23 diesel truck replacements in Detroit for private companies and municipal use.

“We are happy to help these school districts meet their clean transportation goals,” said Kellee Christensen, GLACC Board President. “Newer, more efficient buses will create better air quality for children while increasing the use of clean transportation technologies in Michigan.”

To learn more about the U.S. EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance program visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgnational.htm.

GLACC promotes alternative fuel vehicles and fuels locally to address national energy challenges. GLACC is committed to improving air quality and transportation energy security and was designated as a U.S. DOE Clean Cities Coalition in 2003. Visit www.michigancleancities.org.

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