Grant will help district green up the fleet
by Lynn Meredith
Heads were nodding in support of the efforts of Kaneland Transportation Director Jim Ogle when he announced at Monday’s School Board meeting the receipt of a grant to improve the air quality from the buses’ diesel emissions, and save the district money.
Kaneland’s bus fleet will benefit from a $110,740 grant called the â€œIllinois Clean Diesel Grant Programâ€ from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). It will allow the district to install diesel particulate filters and closed crankcase ventilation systems on 15 buses.
â€œWe have nine buses now that we purchased new, three in 2008 and six in 2009, that have these systems on them. By putting the system on the 15 buses in addition to what we have, 43 percent of our fleet will be green,â€ Ogle said.
The grant covers both the parts and the labor. The work will be done this summer when the buses are down.
Ogle is applying for another IEPA grant to green up an additional 15 buses and install 44 Wabasto heaters.
â€œThe heaters would eliminate us having to idle the buses while we’re at the schools waiting for children. It would eliminate our having to start the buses an hour early in the morning and get them warmed up,â€ Ogle said. â€œThe furnace runs for five hours on one gallon of diesel, so we’re not only saving diesel, we’re saving fumes sent out into the atmosphere. We’ll save money because we won’t have to start those buses so early.â€