On November 16, 2016, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) celebrated the arrival of the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses in the school district. After exploring alternative fuel options, the DCSD Office of Sustainability collaborated with DCSD Transportation to launch a pilot program.
Through a partnership with Noble Energy and the Regional Air Quality Council, DCSD was able to secure more than $250,000 in grants, allowing the district to purchase new CNG buses for less than the cost of used diesel buses. Compressed natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel – better for students and drivers, and better for the environment. More than 90-percent of compressed natural gas used in the U.S. is domestically produced. The CNG buses are quiet and reduce smog producing pollutants by as much as 45-percent.
We were thrilled to help celebrate this new addition to DCSD. The day was a huge success with perfect weather and over 80 attendees, including Douglas County High School students who helped give tours of the new buses and made fantastic posters for the event. Speakers included representatives from DCSD, the Regional Air Quality Council, and Noble Energy’s Curtis Rueter (Environmental Manager, Denver).
We’re proud to know that this investment that we’ve made here today will have a lasting and positive right here in Douglas County for many years to come. – Curtis Reuter, Noble Energy
Check out this great recap video below for more highlights from the event: