The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) held its 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW this year in Columbus, November 4-7, at the Columbus Convention Center. Clean Fuels Ohio was actively involved throughout, using the opportunity to highlight developments in school bus technologies and funding sources for Ohio schools.
“The options for school transportation managers continues to grow as are funding opportunities for Ohio schools,” said Sam Spofforth, Executive Director of Clean Fuels Ohio.
Spofforth, presented in-depth information as part of a NAPT conference breakout session, featuring an overview of all available alternative fuel and efficiency technologies for school transportation fleets. Several existing manufacturers displayed alternative fuel buses, while others used the Conference to announce release of new alternative fuel vehicles. These included International’s electric bus line, and Vanner’s Revolution battery-powered Bus HVAC system.
Clean Fuels Ohio also hosted a luncheon during the conference for Ohio schools titled “Alternative Fuels for Schools”, featuring information on alternative fuel vehicle and efficiency technologies. Expanding on his earlier presentation, Spofforth updated attendees on a range of incentives and financing programs available in Ohio, including the Ohio EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Grants, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grants, and pending Volkswagen Settlement Funds (more information available at: http://www.epa.ohio.gov/oeef/EnvironmentalEducation.aspx). Finally, Spofforth announced the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission’s new School Alternative Fuel Vehicle program, which was created in law through House Bill 49, and became effective on September 28, 2017. It allows school districts to include alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure in the School Performance Contracting Program. (See the separate newsletter article about this new program.)
Any Ohio school personnel interested in learning how Clean Fuels Ohio can help assess viability of these technology choices of for their bus fleets, or accessing available incentives can contact Andrew Conley at Andrew@CleanFuelsOhio.org, or by calling (614) 884-7336.