San Diego Unified School District Trustees voted to use biodiesel or an alternative fuel to be used in the tanks of school buses and the diesel fleet by the end of the 2014-15 school year at their Dec. 6 meeting. The resolution was introduced by Trustee Kevin Beiser.
that the fleet of more than 500 buses "come clean" will help reduce
pollution in the San Diego region, helping the kids that ride the bus
possibly avoid diseases such as asthma and cancer. According to the
Board resolution on the topic, biodiesel is the only alternative fuel
that complies with the federal Clean Air Act.
"It's our duty as
trustees of the next generation to do everything we can to make their
environment safe," said Kevin Beiser, Board of Education member. "This
step will not only make the environment better, we will be doing our
part toward energy independence by using a renewable resource."
Diego Unified has already taken an interim step. In 2009, the district
finished modifications to its fleet to create "clean diesel" buses,
installing equipment that reduced particulates. Federal stimulus funds
and help from the US Environmental Protection Agency, California
Environmental Protection Agency and the local Air Pollution Control
District made that
conversion possible. Students from district automotive technology programs also helped with the conversion.
this equipment ages, we have to look at alternatives," said Beiser.
"This resolution gives the Superintendent clear direction that this
Board is dedicated to reducing pollution."
standard diesel fuel with fuel distilled from renewable resources such
as soybeans or waste vegetable oil. The alternative fuel conversion can
produce lower emissions including reductions in carbon monoxide,
nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The use of biodiesel will not void any
warranties that the district has on current vehicles, and create local
jobs supporting the local bio-diesel industry in San Diego.
from the environmental and health benefits, the use of biodiesel fuel
will be cost neutral, which is equally important during these difficult
economic times," said Beiser.