Source: Ethanol Promotion and Information (EPIC) Council

The nations’ third largest school district has taken a major step forward in clearing the air for future generations. Chicago Public Schools and Falcon Transportation, Inc. announced the launch of a pilot program replacing the diesel fuel traditionally used to power school buses with O2Diesel™, a cleaner-burning fuel blend of ethanol-diesel.

The program is being tested in 27 school buses owned by Falcon serving 18 Chicago Public Schools. The newly converted vehicles were unveiled at a news conference today at the Louisa May Alcott School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighbourhood.

“Providing safe and healthy passage to school is critical to our mission of giving children the tools they need to learn and thrive,” said Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. “Our school system is at the forefront of environmental issues – from recycling to buying green classroom products to the greening of our school bus fleet; the ethanol-diesel program complements our recent efforts to retrofit 600 school buses.”

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