Transportation department claims clean air award for second year

September 3, 2015


Sept. 3, 2015—The Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) announced in August that the CFISD transportation department has retained its award for efforts to reduce air pollution.  

The department will be recognized with the Clean Air Champion Award at the 2015 Clean Air Leadership Awards, scheduled for Sept. 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston – Greenway Plaza.

The HGAC established the Clean Air Champion Award to recognize any business, government or organization operating in the region that is taking proactive steps to improve air quality. CFISD was recognized by the HGAC for the same award in 2014.


The CFISD transportation department has reduced its fleet emissions while minimizing vehicle miles by utilizing a three-tier routing/bell-schedule program leading to fewer miles traveled and more students transported than any other school district in Texas.

According to Bill Powell, director of transportation, the department was honored for continuing several best practices:

  • accelerating the route fleet turnover rate to 15 years with the approval of the Board of Trustees and community support;
  • retrofitting 611 school buses with closed crankcase ventilation systems (CCVs) and diesel oxidation catalyst systems (DOCs) to reduce emissions;
  • performing regular vehicle maintenance, resulting in decreased emissions (e.g. keeping vehicle engines well-maintained, using manufacturer recommended motor oil, regularly changing filters and servicing the air conditioning);
  • maintaining clean fleet policies for on-road vehicles;
  • reducing fleet emissions and/or minimizing vehicle miles by being more efficient and utilizing a three-tier routing/bell-schedule program that has enabled CFISD to travel fewer miles and transport more students than any other school district in Texas; and
  • removing more than 46,000 vehicles every morning and every afternoon from roadways and around its schools, based on American School Bus Council estimates.

“We are honored to accept this award from the Houston-Galveston Area Council for the second consecutive year,” Powell said. “We take pride in not only efficiently transporting 80,000 students to and from school on a daily basis, but doing so in an environmentally sound manner.” 

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