Monday, February 20, 2006

Cleaner School Buses, Healthier Kids

The EPA has just awarded 37 grants totaling $7.5 million as part of the Clean School Bus USA program, which is intended to reduce kid's exposure to diesel exhaust. The program encourages policies and practices to eliminate unnecessary school bus idling, to install emission control systems on newer buses and to replace older buses with
cleaner diesel or compressed natural gas powered buses. Grant recipients are contributing an additional $13 million in matching funds and in-kind services. The grants will help fund the cleanup of more than 500 tons of annual diesel emissions from 4000 school buses nationwide.

Great Lakes grant recipients
Michigan: Okemos Public Schools, Traverse City Area Public Schools
Ohio Bexley City School District, Cleveland Municipal School District, Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation
Pennsylvania: Chester County Intermediate Unit, Great Valley School District
Wisconsin: Madison Metropolitan School District

Personally, I think we could solve the diesel exposure problem and the childhood obesity epidemic by making kids ride their bikes to school.

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