Annually U.S. school children spend 3 billion hours on school
buses. And pollution inside of a diesel-powered school bus can
be up to 5 times higher than the outside air. There’s a new
solution on the horizon that address this environmental health
issue in Minnesota.
Project Green Fleet, a program of Clean Air Minnesota, is a voluntary,
collaborative effort involving government agencies, business and
nonprofit organizations that purchases and installs pollution control
equipment on diesel engines in order to reduce emissions and rider
exposure to harmful pollutants. Their goal is to retrofit at least
500 school buses by 2007 in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Duluth.
• Make sure that your child’s school buses are not
idling while waiting for children to load.
• Have buses park parallel in school driveway while waiting
for children – side-by-side rather than nose-to-tail.
• Don’t let your own car idle - shut off your engine
when you are waiting to pick up your own children.
• Encourage schools to invest in cleaner technologies for
buses - If you would like more information contact: Bill Droessler,
Clean Air Minnesota at 612-334-3388 ext. 103.
www.projectgreenfleet.org - More specific information about the
www.ehhi.org/diesel - Environmental & Human Health Inc’s
www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/ - Environmental Protection Agency