US: North Penn School District receives Energy for Everyone Hero Award for its near-zero Autogas buses

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announced it has recognised the North Penn School District (NPSD) with the Energy for Everyone Hero Award for their commitment to student health and the environment by operating a near-zero emissions LPG-powered school bus fleet.

“North Penn is a leader in school transportation because they understand that there are cleaner, safer, and healthier ways to get our children to school than on the diesel school bus you and I rode on years ago,” said Steve Whaley, Director of Autogas Business Development with the PERC. “Not only are the LPG buses a benefit to the students, but the community has improved air quality, the environment is better off, and the district saves money with every bus. It’s a win for everyone and should be applauded.”

At the start of the new school year, 104 of North Penn’s 126 bus routes will be powered by Autogas, or about 83%. As older diesel buses are phased out, North Penn is replacing them with new Autogas models. By 2026, the fleet will be 100% LPG-powered. With this initiative, North Penn is reducing its fuel and operating costs by several thousand dollars. It’s money that goes back into the school system for the students.

“Ultimately we are here to support our student’s learning and health by putting additional clean, near-zero emissions buses on the road every day,” said Dennis Ryan, coordinator for transportation at NPSD. “This project was done to reduce operational costs and have those savings continue to go toward our student’s education.”

“This project is an excellent example of how the North Penn School District strives to make its support services programs, like transportation, more efficient and cost-effective in order to drive more money into the instructional program,” said Steven Skrocki, Chief Financial Officer of NPSD. “The LPG buses cost less to operate and delivers a lower total cost of ownership than diesel buses.”

Autogas Propane school buses are proven to reduce harmful pollutants that can damage young children’s lungs and negatively affect the local air quality by 94% compared to diesel, according to PERC. The buses are also a low-carbon option to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: PERC

30 August 2023