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Propane Industry Invests in Our Children

By October 13, 2015January 27th, 2016Blog

Propane Industry Invests in Our Children

Dear Friends of ROUSH CleanTech,
Todd Mouw, VP of sales and marketing, ROUSH CleanTechA recent study cites that the U.S. ranks 14th out of 40 countries in cognitive skills and educational attainment.

For the United States to continue to lead in innovation and manufacturing into the next century, we need to continue to re-invest in our most important asset – education for our children.

Earlier this month, the Propane Education & Research Council began to do its part and donated $10,000 to Boston Public Schools to recognize its effort to improve students’ health, safety and education. The school district adopted Boston’s first propane autogas powered bus fleet, adding 86 Blue Bird Vision propane buses that will save the district up to $1,000 per bus annually.

PERC partnered with journalist and former teacher Jenna Bush Hager and to present the middle school’s teachers at Lilla G. Frederick Middle School with the money for classroom supplies, books and outdoor equipment. This is a part of PERC’s new campaign to educate consumers about the benefits of transitioning away from diesel to clean, domestic propane autogas.

This topic hits close to home for me since my wife, Heather, has been a special education teacher for 10 years. I’ve seen her personally invest thousands of dollars into her classroom to buy needed items for her students. It’s donations like this from PERC and wise decisions by school districts to choose a more economical option like autogas that will help put money back where it belongs – in the classroom.

Not only is autogas less expensive, it’s healthier. Boston Public Schools is reducing student exposure to diesel exhaust, which the World Health Organization classifies as a carcinogen. Its autogas fleet will emit 66,000 fewer pounds of nitrogen oxide and 2,700 fewer pounds of particulate matter each year, when compared to the diesel buses they are replacing. Vehicles fueled by propane autogas emit 80 percent less smog-producing hydrocarbons, and virtually eliminate particulate matter when compared to conventional diesel.

Thank you to PERC and the propane industry for leading by example.

Call us today to learn more about autogas and how alternative fuels can benefit your fleet at 800.59.ROUSH.


Todd Mouw