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Funding Opportunity for Public School Bus Fleet Owners: $7 million in rebates available
CALSTART Members The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace or retrofit older school buses. Upgrading buses with older engines reduces diesel emissions and improves air quality.
"Modernizing school bus fleets across the country with retrofits, replacements, and idle reduction practices helps reduce children¿s exposure to air toxics," said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "With the amount of time kids spend on buses, we need to protect them from the harm older diesel engines can cause."
EPA standards for new diesel engines make them more than 90 percent cleaner than older ones, but many older diesel engines still in operation predate these standards. Older diesel engines emit large quantities of pollutants such as particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which have been linked to serious health problems such as aggravated asthma and lung damage. EPA will accept applications from September 29 to November 1, 2016. This is the fourth rebate program to fund cleaner school buses offered under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) reauthorization. Nearly 25,000 buses across the country have already been made cleaner as a result of DERA funding. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, selection process and informational webinar dates, visit epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates.
Questions about applying may be directed to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov. Kimberly Taylor, Director Member Services 626-622-6229 Become a CALSTART member and help speed the pace of clean transportation commercialization.
2016-17 State Roadeo Championship Results
Congratulations to all the participants of this year's competition. See the results and winners below:
CDE Daily News Links
The Colorado Department of Education has decided to revive the Daily News links which is a distribution of links to Colorado education news articles, stories and updates. Each weekday, CDE will send out an email with clippings from national news outlets as well as online stories from Colorado newspapers including The Daily Sentinel, The Gazette, The Tribune and The Pueblo Chieftain.
If you know someone who would like to subscribe to these daily news links, please e-mail Erica Grasmick at Grasmick_E@cde.state.co.us. Additionally, if you would like to unsubscribe from these e-mails please let Erica Grasmick know as well. To sign up for other electronic publications from CDE, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications.
2016 Poster Contest
The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association is proud to announce our annual poster contest, for all students, is now open. The theme this year is "Stop On Red". We hope you will encourage your students to participate. Our goal is to create bus safety awareness. There are limitations and guidelines you need to know about, so please read the rules and regulations on the link below (www.napt.org). Here are a few guidelines. Students may enter an 11x17 or 12x18 poster board. Most media such as print, crayons, felt pens, etc. can be used on a design; however, wood, plastic, glass or metal cannot. Any glued on pieces will eliminate a poster. Drawings must be original and feature, at least part of a yellow school bus. Winners of the Colorado State Contest will advance to the National Association for Pupil Transportation level.
Prizes are awarded at this stage in November 2017. Please make sure your student's information is on the back of each poster. Once posters are finished, please mail the entries to address below. www.napt.org Scroll to: 2016 Poster Contest rules Adams 12 Five Star Schools Transportation Services c/o Karen Dunn 1350 E. 126th Ave. Thornton, Co 80241 The due date for all entries is June 6, 2016. If you have any questions regarding the rules please email the Poster Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-972-4356.