Clean School Bus USA Case Study

March 30, 2010

From March of 2008 to December of 2010, Virginia Clean Cities provided program management and administrative support for the Clean School Bus USA Middle Peninsula Project. The objective of this project was to promote healthful air, especially for student riders, by reducing diesel exhaust emissions from school buses in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula and Piedmont region through the deployment of alternative fuels and technologies paired with a concentrated outreach and education campaign. The project’s goals included: installation of exhaust after-treatment devices; use of biodiesel blends and, possibly, a propane demonstration; idle reduction through driver training; early replacement of old buses with cleaner new ones; and leveraging outcomes with three complementary grants and news coverage.

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