Louisiana school district to switch to biodiesel

| 1/20/2006

The school district in St. Charles Parish, LA, has been approved for a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that it will use to switch its school buses to biodiesel.

The Times-Picayune, a New Orleans newspaper, reported that the school district was approved for $28,800 and will use a 20-percent blend of biodiesel in its 108 school buses.

Gary Martin, transportation operations coordinator for the school district, told The Times-Picayune that the grant money would pay for the difference between regular diesel and biodiesel, as well as updates to older buses and other expenses.

The school district will put up $12,000 of its own money for educating drivers and staff about biodiesel and cleaning the tank at the school district’s fuel depot.

The Times-Picayune reported that the district won the grant with the help of the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition Inc. The group works with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to help reduce oil use and improve air quality.