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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.
Donation recognizes Friendswood ISD for improving student health and safety with a propane-powered bus fleet
The Propane Education & Research Council donated $2,500 to Friendswood Junior High School Wednesday in recognition of its effort to improve students’ health and safety by adopting a propane-powered bus fleet. The donation is part of the commodity checkoff program’s new campaign to educate consumers about the benefits of transitioning away from diesel and other dirty fuels.
“Diesel has long been the standard in school transportation, but for districts that want to reduce harmful emissions, save money, and create a safer, healthier ride, propane is an excellent alternative,” said Roy Willis, PERC president and CEO.
In 2012, Friendswood Junior High began transitioning their bus fleet to the alternative fuel. Today, 12 of its 50 buses run on propane, with three more on order. Transportation Director Mike Jones said he’s pushing for an all propane fleet. For Friendswood, “it’s a complete win-win,” Jones said.
“The fuel is cheaper, the infrastructure is simpler and it’s cleaner for the environment,” said Jones. “The new diesel models come with the aftertreatment systems on the exhaust,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about any of that with the propane.”
According to PERC, aside from serious cost-saving benefits, propane buses run quieter than diesel, allowing drivers to better monitor passengers’ activity. They also reduce exposure to diesel exhaust, which the World Health Organization classifies as a carcinogen.
Recognizing these benefits, schools across 45 states — a total of more than 7,000 buses — have transitioned to propane. Twenty of the top 25 designated market areas and four of the 10 largest school districts in the country are now using them. The trend prompted PERC to launch an awareness campaign early this fall to teach communities about the benefits of propane-powered transportation. The Council has partnered with journalist and former teacher Jenna Bush Hager and the nonprofit Adopt a Classroom to donate more than $30,000 nationwide to teachers at schools adopting propane buses.
“It’s clear when you talk to school administrators and transportation departments that they are saving more than just dollars and cents by going with propane buses,” said Hager. “The switch is improving their school as a whole and giving them the opportunity to invest in more teachers or school programs.”
For more information on propane school buses, including bus safety tips for parents and kids courtesy of the National Association of Pupil Transportation, visit BetterOurBuses.com. To donate to teachers in your local community, visit AdoptAClassroom.org
About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. PERC leads safety and training efforts and drives technology development to expand the adoption of propane as a clean, domestic, and affordable energy source. PERC programs benefit a variety of markets including transportation, agriculture, landscaping, residential, and commercial. For more information about propane-powered technologies, equipment incentives, and PERC, visit PropaneCouncil.org.
About Friendswood Junior High: Friendswood Junior High School is located in Friendswood, Texas primarily a residential area located in the northwestern corner of Galveston County, approximately 25 miles from downtown Houston. City of Friendswood Online FJH is the only Junior High School in the Friendswood Independent School District. Friendswood Junior High School houses approximately 1500 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Friendswood Junior High School is an Exemplary campus and are proud to be a part of a TEA Exemplary district. Our goal is to assist our students in the development of their academic skills, as well as provide them with opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities.