CleanFUEL USA and Thomas Built Bus help Friendswood, TX, Junior High Breathe Easier

Propane Council donation recognizes Friendswood ISD for improving student health and safety with a propane-powered school bus fleet

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (October 7, 2015) –CleanFUEL USA celebrated at Friendswood Junior High today the school’s implementation of its propane-powered school bus fleets. In 2012, Friendswood Junior High began transitioning their bus fleet to the alternative fuel. Today, 12 of its 50 buses run on propane, with three more Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 buses on order. The C2 buses are powered by the Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) system from CleanFUEL USA.

The Propane Education & Research Council donated $2,500 to Friendswood Junior High School toward its effort to improve students’ health and safety with the new green fleet. The donation is part of the Council’s new campaign to educate consumers about the benefits of transitioning away from diesel. PERC has partnered with journalist and former teacher Jenna Bush Hager and the nonprofit Adopt a Classroom to donate more than $30,000 nationwide to teachers at schools adopting propane buses (press release).

Transportation Director Mike Jones said he’s pushing for an all propane fleet. For Friendswood, “it’s a complete win-win,” Jones said.

“The fuel is cheaper, the infrastructure is simpler and it’s cleaner for the environment,” said Jones. “The new diesel models come with the aftertreatment systems on the exhaust,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about any of that with the propane.”

Across the United States, a total of more than 7,000 buses have transitioned to propane. “Making the switch to propane-powered buses is a no-brainer for school districts,” said Curtis Donaldson, founder and managing director of CleanFUEL USA. “Schools are saving thousands in fuel costs but more importantly, students are reaping the benefits; propane buses eliminate the amount of diesel exhaust fumes as well as running quieter, meaning a cleaner and less chaotic ride for everyone.”

For more information on propane school buses, including bus safety tips for parents and kids courtesy of the National Association of Pupil Transportation, visitBetterOurBuses.com. To donate to teachers in your local community, visitAdoptAClassroom.org.