Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is being honored for innovation in school bus transportation by the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition. The Coalition recently presented BCPS with its Outstanding Propane Autogas Leadership Award for the District’s purchase of 98 propane-fueled school buses, the largest such purchase in the nation’s history.
“Propane Autogas buses are extremely safe,” said Pat Snell, BCPS Director of Student Transportation and Fleet Services. “The fuel is nontoxic, non-carcinogenic and non-corrosive. The steel fuel tanks on the propane fuel buses are 20-times more puncture resistant than gasoline tanks, and they are constructed from carbon steel in compliance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Autogas is also typically 50 percent cheaper than diesel per gallon.”
Southeast Florida Clean Cities recognizes businesses, agencies and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward reducing dependence on imported oil and improving the environment. The awards ceremony took place at the offices of the Enterprise Fleet Management in Coconut Creek. Along with Enterprise, TECO Energy co-sponsored the event and ROUSH CleanTech sponsored trophies for award-winning public and private alternative fuel partners.
“The dedication of our public and private partners has produced truly spectacular results over these past two decades, and together, our region will continue to exhibit leadership in alternative fuel use,” said South Florida Regional Planning Council member and Coalition Chair Patricia Asseff.
Pictured Left to Right: Chris Rustman, Florida Transportation Services; Eric Chisem, BCPS Assistant Director of Student Transportation & Fleet Services; Kay Blake, BCPS Operations Manager of Student Transportation & Fleet Services; Maurice Woods, BCPS Chief Strategy and Operations Officer; Patricia Asseff, Coalition Chair, City of Hollywood Vice Mayor ; Vince Harrell, BCPS Transportation Services Shift Supervisor; Christine Heshmati, Coordinator, Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition; Chelsea Jenkins, ROUSH CleanTech; Jim Murley, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council; Michael Kriegel, BCPS Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor; and Pat Snell, BCPS Director of Student Transportation & Fleet Services.
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