This 2013 Thomas 67-passenger school bus was purchased in part with funds from this grant, with the balance of the purchase paid for using funds generated through 1 per cent sales tax dollars. The purpose of the grant is to reduce diesel emissions from school buses which are in close proximity to children.
AC-T has purchased the 2013 bus to replace a 1991 bus which has higher emission levels, and will also be retrofitting one bus to meet new diesel emission standards.
Other school districts receiving the bus funding are: East Union, North Iowa, Rock Valley, West Harrison and Westwood. Sibley-Ocheyedan received retrofits-only funding.
Funding is provided by the Iowa DNR through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Diesel Campaign. The Bus Emissions Education Program (BEEP) has also assisted in the grant program.
Judging for the grant was based on the strength of each school district's idling reduction policy, the age and use of the bus to be replaced, efforts each school district makes to reduce air pollution, and efforts made to teach programs and develop curriculum for air quality, mobile source pollution and its effect on the earth's atmosphere.
BEEP is an effort to reduce childhood exposure to harmful diesel exhaust. Its objective is to reduce emissions in school bus fleets. The partners include the School Administrators of Iowa, the Iowa Association of School Boards, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.