Local school districts should be getting new energy efficient school buses with the awarding of grants from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The big winner in the state was a consortium headed by the Brown City School District.
The nearly $1.9 million grant is for a consortium of eighteen districts including Capac, Croswell-Lexington, and Yale districts, locally. According to a press release from EGLE, “Replacing older, diesel engines with clean diesel or propane delivers savings for school districts and will also improve public health at bus stops, on school grounds, and in communities. Students who have cleaner air to breathe will do better in school and have fewer health concerns.” An EGLE spokesperson says Brown City is the facilitator for the partnership of school districts that will use the grant money to cover some of the costs for new buses in all those districts.
When consortiums of school districts work together, it results in reduced administrative costs, which means more money can go toward the grants and purchasing buses and can increase buying power. Districts are expected to have the cleaner buses on the road by 2022.