The Cobb County School District’s Transportation department was awarded a $1.24 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of reducing diesel emissions from school buses. Cobb’s grant application was selected from 98 entrants in EPA Region 4, all vying for funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) earmarked for clean diesel projects.
The grant will be used to retrofit 108 Cobb County school buses with diesel particulate filters and 480 buses with advanced engine idle control systems. The result will be an estimated vehicle lifetime emissions reduction of 13.7 tons of nitrogen oxides from idle controls, .56 tons of particulate matter from filters and idle controls, 2.2 tons of CO from filters, .80 tons of hydrocarbons from filters, and 480 tons of CO2 from idle controls. Georgia Tech and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will partner with the District to implement the new systems.
Transportation director Rick Grisham said, “We are really excited about this grant! The enhancements to our buses will help us be better stewards of our environment and improve the quality of life in Cobb County. Along with our new partners at Georgia Tech, we will be tracking and analyzing emissions reduction data and reporting back to the EPA to show the positive impact the grant will have on our community.”