The Kentucky School Boards Association is implementing some major sustainability programs this year, including the deployment of 213 hybrid-diesel school buses across the state.
A traditional diesel school bus gets about 7.5 mile per gallon, but the hybrid buses will increase the fuel efficiency to 12.5 miles per gallon, that's over a 65 percent improvement. The buses are being rolled out now through next year and the state is monitoring their performance in order to ensure they're being used on the optimal routes.
Hybrid technology makes the biggest impact in stop-and-go driving situations, so school buses are an ideal use for it.
In addition to the hybrid buses, the state has also started the School Energy Managers Project where a team of 35 managers will put energy saving solutions into place in 1,000 schools in the state. The state hopes to save millions in energy costs, all of which will be reinvested in education.
As states are tightening budgets, education spending has often gotten the ax. There's a lot of money that can be saved through efficiency and sustainability efforts and I have to say that using that money for education is one of the best ideas I've heard in a while.via DOE Blog
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