Dublin City Schools has recently been awarded a $200,000 grant as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 National Clean Diesel Rebate Program.
The EPA currently is leading a School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Funding Opportunity, in which school districts can receive funding to replace and/or retrofit school buses in order to reduce harmful emissions. Through a competitive grant application, Dublin City Schools has been selected to participate in this program and will be using the grant money to purchase the district’s first alternatively fueled buses. Through collaboration with the City of Dublin, the school district is poised to become one of the first public school systems in the country to add Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to its fleet.
The program will allow Dublin City Schools to improve our community, reduce operational costs, and provide healthier environments for our students, and will also allow us to explore full fleet conversion that could provide opportunities to connect students with real world learning experiences as we explore new technologies and data analytics.
Coordinator of Transportation Amy Salay said, “Student safety is, and will continue to be, our department’s number one priority. We understand that the faith of the community rides with our buses and we take that very seriously. It is exciting when we have the opportunity to innovate and not only maintain our safety standards, but actually improve the environments for our students, fellow motorists, and the community.”
The district will pilot the program with five CNG buses beginning next school year. Over the course of the grant program, Director of Strategic Planning & Transformation Adam Shank and the bus garage team will begin to define and measure the total cost of ownership savings as well as emissions reductions data to report and share them with the EPA and our community.
Pictured from left to right: Scott White, IGS President and CEO, Jeff Stark, Chief Operating Officer Dublin City Schools, Amy Salay, Coordinator of Transportation, Doug Austin, IGS EVP & Chief Sales Officer, Mike Gatt, IGS Vice President of, CNG Services & Distributed Generation, and Dublin City Schools Board of Education member Stu Harris.