The Gwinnett County School system has received the GaDER Gold Award from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). The GaDER Gold Award is awarded to school systems that have reduced emissions in 26-74% of their school bus fleet through: early replacement and the installation of Emissions Control Equipment and/or the use of alternative fuels.
EPD staff says emissions reductions are achieved through the early replacement of older buses, the use of alternative fuels, or by installing emissions control devices on the buses.
“Older diesel buses emit a high amount of particles in the exhaust. New buses and those that have been retrofitted with diesel particulate filters reduce these particulates by more than 85%, which results in a significant improvement in the air quality inside and around the school bus,” said William Cook, EPD Environmental Engineer and Manager of the GaDER Program says. “Transportation Directors and their staff who receive a GaDER award should be celebrated for their hard work and dedication to ensure that school children are riding in the safest and cleanest buses available.”
You can learn more about the GaDER Program by visiting www.gaderprogram.org. 404-363-7000.