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Council highlights Propane School Buses on Earth Day
Over 840 school districts across the United States
transporting nearly one million school children each school day have upgraded
to greener propane-powered school buses.
Texas is number one in propane school bus adoption with over 3,000
propane school buses operating in the Lone Star State, paving the way to
cleaner communities and schools.
New propane school buses can produce up to 90%
fewer nitrous oxides (NOx) than a clean diesel school bus. Why is this
important? NOx is a significant contributor to ground level ozone, and
according to the American Lung Association, NOx is likely to be a cause of
asthma in children, can trigger an increase in asthma attacks and affect a host
of other harmful effects on the lungs.
For decades, propane school buses have been a trusted
greener alternative for school transportation. Quieter and cleaner, propane
provides an excellent solution for schools and our children’s health.
Not only that, but propane school buses have the
lowest total cost of ownership with its reduced maintenance compared to diesel
buses. That means more money for other vital things like computers, books,
classroom supplies and teachers.
In addition to the lower total cost of ownership,
the cost to upgrade from diesel to a new propane school bus is shrinking. To
help school districts with the upgrade cost, there are several alternative fuel
grants available for parts of Texas from a multitude of sources including from
the state of Texas as well as federally.
Cleaner air, greener schools, and cost-saving to
school districts, propane can do that.
To find out more about propane-powered school
buses and funding that may be available to your school district, visit
About the Propane
Council of Texas
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a
non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the propane industry
on safety and on the newest clean-burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the
state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council
(PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the
Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996.
Propane Helps Schools & Communities Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
In honor of Earth Week, the Propane Council of Texas would like to highlight the environmental benefits of clean-burning propane school buses for a way school districts can lower their emissions and help create greener schools and communities.
There are over 26 million propane-powered vehicles worldwide with over 14,000 propane-powered school buses operated by more than 830 school districts transporting over 850,000 students a day across America. 2,870 of those propane school buses are greening Texas.
Propane is cleaner-burning, non-toxic, and does not contaminate groundwater or soil. With cleaner-burning propane school buses, students are exposed to reduced emissions like greenhouse gas, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide, and particulate matter.
“The Propane Council of Texas hopes that number will grow as more school districts realize the health benefits of lower emitting propane school buses to their students and transportation personnel,” states Jackie Mason of the Propane Council of Texas.
A new modern, best in class propane-powered school bus is more earth-friendly and can reduce NOx by 75% compared to a new “clean” diesel school bus. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NOx has now become the largest ozone-depleting substance created by human activities. NOx also contributes to ground-level ozone and can aggravate asthma and other breathing related issues. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ground-level ozone can also have harmful effects on vegetation and ecosystems.
The new Low NOx propane school buses are helping schools contributing to cleaner air for school children and reducing their carbon footprint.
To learn more about more about the advantages of propane autogas, please visit the Propane Council of Texas’ dedicated autogas website, https://www.fuelingtexas.com.
About the Propane Council of Texas
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public on clean-burning propane. ProCOT is the state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996.
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is proud to represent our national Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) at the Earth Day Texas and National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, in which PERC is a major sponsor. Odyssey Day is the largest, nationwide event dedicated to promoting the use of and educating people about alternative fuel vehicles and Earth Day Texas is the world’s largest Earth Day celebration.
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), Earth Day Texas, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities, a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalition joined forces to bring the two events together for one long weekend at Fair Park in Dallas to bring awareness to alternative fuel vehicles and clear air initiatives.
The event kicks off this Thursday, April 19 with National Odyssey Day and an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Summit. Friday, April 21, 2017 – Sunday, April 23, 2017 marks the Earth Texas Day event where over 150,000 people from the DFW metroplex are expected. Several cleaner-burning propane-powered vehicles (including a school bus, delivery vehicle, pick-up trucks, and SUV) will be featured in the AFV Pavilion located right next to Cotton Bowl Plaza.
“The event will give us a chance to show the public that propane goes beyond the grill,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas, “That propane autogas is a lower-emitting option in school transportation and for fleets in their communities.”
Propane autogas has been a proven motor fuel since 1913 and is the most commonly used alternative fuel in the world. There are 25 million propane vehicles worldwide, over 200,000 in United States, and nearly 7,000 in Texas. The Lone Star State also hosts 2,600 cleaner-burning propane school buses. In the U.S., there are over 12,500 propane school buses operated by over 700 school districts transporting over ½ a million students each school day.
About Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a check-off program established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. PERC implements safety and training programs, conducts research, and invests in technology development with leading equipment manufacturers to expand adoption of propane as a clean, American-made energy source.
About the Propane Council of Texas
The Propane Council of Texas is (ProCOT) is a 501 (c) 3 and the state arm of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Our objective is consumer education, highlighting the benefits of home-grown propane and promoting clean-burning propane technologies.