Clean Diesel School Bus Retrofit Program
Provided at no cost to school districts
To reduce exposure to diesel exhaust by retrofitting school buses with proven emissions-reduction technologies, including diesel-oxidation catalysts, engine preheaters and closed-crankcase filtration systems.
How to enroll
1. Document the following information:
- School district name and number.
- Superintendent name.
- Transportation/fleet manager name.
- Street address (administration).
- City or town, ZIP code.
- Street address of bus depot.
Fill out the Excel spreadsheet:
2. Email the information or the document to:
Diesel emissions and health
- Diesel exhaust contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, including lung cancer.
- Toxic emissions from diesel school bus tailpipes and crankcases pollute bus interiors, as well as outdoor air.
- Bus riders and drivers may be exposed to these pollutants for extended periods.
- Children, with their developing lungs and higher respiratory rates, are especially vulnerable.
About the program
APCD diesel engine experts work with selected contractors to retrofit school buses with emission-reduction technologies.
These technologies are designed to reduce emissions and engine idling and can result in significant emissions reductions and cost savings.
Ex: Engine preheaters greatly reduce engine idling, which also saves fuel.
Once installed, APCD experts provide follow-up service to school districts to ensure emissions-reduction equipment is working properly.
APCD also provides idling reduction information and tools to fleet management staff, as well as to students and parent-teacher organizations, if desired.
We provide retrofit services to school districts depending on:
- Funding availability.
- Local air quality issues.
- Vehicle age and configuration.
- The Air Pollution Control Division's resources.
Program funding comes mainly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency via Congress’ Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA).