Texas Events Draw Attention to Propane Buses

ROUSH CleanTech participated in two very successful events in Texas to promote propane buses. Both of these brought in experts to raise awareness about cleaner student transportation. Topics covered were propane bus financial savings, health benefits and available grant funding in the state.

Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance and Eanes Independent School District hosted the first event. The panel consisted of representatives from the school district, Propane Education & Research Council and Texas Natural Gas Foundation. Attendees included people from 10 area school districts, Texas States Health Services, Capital Area Council of Governments and Propane Council of Texas.

The Eanes ISD event brought greater awareness, beyond the cost-effectiveness of propane school buses, to school districts attending by highlighting the tremendous health benefits as well. The state’s health officials who attended helped to bolster the health discussion, and they indicated that they were in process of kicking off a child-focused health study.

Another hot topic was the grant funding and resources available to assist districts in going green with propane. At least three school districts indicated they were interested in exploring propane buses further after hearing the presentations and discussions.

The second event featured Georgetown Independent School District and its adoption of propane school buses. Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of PERC, presented the district with its Clean Energy Innovation Award. Georgetown ISD was awarded this honor for its leadership in lowering emissions and promoting a healthier environment for the youth of Texas by adopting clean propane autogas school buses.

To acquire its propane school buses, Georgetown ISD took advantage of available alternative fuel rebates from the Texas Clean School Bus program. This program helps school districts save money and benefit the community with cleaner student transportation.

The panel included Perkins and speakers from the school district. The superintendent remarked on the district’s stewardship in spending taxpayer dollars while benefiting the health of the children and community. The event gained media coverage in the local newspaper, Community Impact.