DeKalb school district honored for propane bus deployment

WATERLOO, Ind. (WANE) DeKalb County Central United School District was honored recently for its push to include propane-powered buses in its fleet.

The district received the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Deployment of Propane School Buses award at the 13th annual Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition Stakeholder Awards and Legislative Luncheon. This annual event celebrates stakeholders and leaders who are working toward reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and providing Hoosier jobs and economic benefit to Indiana.

“We are honored to have received the award recognizing our commitment to propane buses,” said Renee Dawson, Director of Transportation for DeKalb Central Schools. “In addition to the emissions reduction, we have realized tremendous cost savings and improved safety for our students.”

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DeKalb County Central United School District transports 900 students daily, accumulating more than 1 million miles during the school year. There are 64 buses in the bus fleet, of which three propane buses are currently on the road.

The district plans to add an additional five propane units at the start of the 2016-2017 school year – replacing five diesel models.

In the 2015 calendar year, the two propane buses that were on the road consumed 3,469 gallons of propane, displaced 2,429 gallons of diesel fuel, and saved just over $4,500 in fuel dollars.

“DeKalb County Central United School District is an established energy efficiency and sustainable best practices leader in Indiana,” said Dr. Sherry Grate, Superintendent of DeKalb County Central United School District. “Beginning in 2004, the District has worked hard to save money through energy efficient upgrades, resulting in over $8 million in savings. We hope to continue our efforts to improve our school bus fleet and demonstrate our commitment to be good stewards to our students, community, and the planet.”

Kellie Walsh, Executive Director of the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, called the district “an active and committed partner in our organization’s goal.”

“We are proud to recognize their efforts and celebrate their leadership in promoting propane transportation,” said Walsh.

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