As part of our Healthy Harbor grants program, we awarded $85,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor to purchase two compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and replace an existing diesel school bus.
Diesel school buses are dangerous for a number of reasons. First, diesel exhaust has been linked to higher risks of cancer for school children who ride them. Second, the pollution caused by diesel school buses, when added with an already polluted Harbor region, doesn’t make for easy breathing for the entire community.
To make sure the diesel school bus was put to rest once and for all, we partnered with SA Recycling to crush and decommission it. Aside from reducing fossil fuel consumption, using compressed natural gas instead of diesel reduces diesel particulate matter by 98% per mile, which significantly lowers the risk of children riding in school buses from developing respiratory diseases. It also significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which is a double win in improving local air quality and tackling global climate change.
The shift to CNG is already happening. Los Angeles Metro’s entire fleet of buses now run on CNG or alternative fuels. Long Beach Transit made the same switch, too.
Check out some of the highlights from our “Let’s Crush the Diesel School Bus” event.
“Let’s Crush the Diesel School Bus” highlight reel (courtesy of Port of LA)
KCAL 9 News Segment (courtesy of Boys and Girls Clubs of LA Harbor)
Council District 15 Interviews (courtesy of Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office)
Raw Footage of the Diesel Bus Crush (courtesy of HCBF)