We recently learned that Dallas ISD is planning to use recently approved bond money to replace the old diesel school buses with "somewhat cleaner burning" diesels. Facing Dallas air pollution and CO2 driven climate change, not selecting zero emission buses in favor of any fossil fuel bus – especially diesel – is the wrong decision. Sixty buses PER YEAR will be bought in each of the next ten years. That's 600 School Buses. PLEASE write your Dallas ISD Trustee [Email list at bottom of this post] to express your desire to purchase zero emission buses and opposition to purchasing fossil fuel buses that will further harm the health of our children (and adults) and make global climate change worse for the ten plus years they will be in service. Your voice will be listened to by your Dallas ISD Trustee before making this decision early in 2019.
SEE Dallas Morning News Letters to the Editor - LINK - https://bit.ly/2QLTP58
Steps for writing your DISD District Trustee
1) Look at this map to determine what Dallas ISD District you live in: https://www.dallasisd.org/Page/52198
2) FIND YOUR DISTRICT AND TRUSTEE HERE --https://www.dallasisd.org/domain/679
Be sure to include your name and address in the signature block of your letter, so the Trustee can verify you are one of his or her constituents.
3) LIST OF SUPPORTING MATERIAL BELOW - at the bottom of this message: Documented Concerns about Using Diesel Fossil Fuel School Buses vs. Advantages of Electric Buses that will remind you of the many problems with Dallas ISD's inclination to continue buying diesel buses.
4) Write and send an email to your Trustee explaining your desire to purchase electric pollution free buses and not use funds to purchase more new fossil fuel buses that will contribute to unhealthy air pollution and climate change. [See sample letter below]
Your letter will be far more effective if you simply write down your concerns in your letter to your Dallas ISD Trustee. You may want to include some supporting material FROM BELOW with your letter to indicate where your ideas came from.
** YOU MUST ADD YOUR ADDRESS AFTER YOUR SIGNATURE - so the Trustee will see that YOU ARE A CONSTITUENT! https://www.dallasisd.org/domain/679
[YOUR Dallas ISD Trustee's Name]
District # ?? [Fill in]
Dallas ISD Board of Trustees
[Trustee Email list at bottom of this post]
BELOW IS AN EXAMPLE ONLY - DO NOT COPY AND PASTE. REVIEW DATAE & LINKS & COMPOSE YOUR OWN.
In your own words or select from topics below:
.... Diesel particulates and other fossil fuel pollutants are blamed, in the most part, for the 10+% childhood asthma rate in Dallas County. Conflicts with large body of research regarding diesel and respiratory illness - especially childhood asthma.
Fossil fueled vehicles are the largest reason that Dallas has never met the EPA's clean air ozone standard in the past 25 years.
Federal climate reports and the IPCC clearly insist it is passed time we move away from fossil fuels and toward alternative fuel sources for transportation.
On Nov 23, 2018, the EPA released the Climate Science Special Report and on Nov 26 they released the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Those two reports unambiguously identified the burning of fossil fuels as the primary cause of rising carbon dioxide in the air and climate warming.
Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions – not just focusing on EPA standards for ozone and NOx emissions for health reasons—is also important because the greenhouse gases causing climate change are increasingly harming health indirectly.
Dallas ISD has a responsibility to take the long view for optimizing the ISD's energy and transportation system.
We can combine VW Settlement money, which won’t be available for long, with the bond money in a way that, at the end of the lifetime of the buses, the children and parents in Dallas ISD.
Future generations will be thankful for the wisdom and leadership of moving to electric buses,
Please take these facts into consideration. This plan to replace diesel school buses with more diesel school buses is way out of line with what other citizens and governmental agencies in Dallas are trying to do to address air quality non-attainment.
(SEE BELOW for more info)
Your DISD District
Documented Concerns about Using Diesel Fossil Fuel School Buses vs. Advantages of Electric Buses
1. Dallas ISD plans to replace old polluting diesel school buses with new, "somewhat less polluting" diesel buses. (Private communication with Scott Layne, COO, DISD)
2. Estimates from the public bus sector indicate that lifetime costs of a diesel bus are $1.4 million, versus an electric's $1 million. "It costs one-sixth to one-eighth as much to operate [an electric school bus] as a diesel bus,"Jim Castelaz, the chief executive officer of Motiv Power Systems, which has outfitted California schools with electric school buses. https://psmag.com/environment/awaiting-the-school-bus-revolution)
3. Electric vehicles have lower maintenance costs than comparable fossil fuel vehicles. Not required: fossil fuel, oil changes, transmission servicing, air filters, belts, vacuum lines, emissions testing; much lower brake wear from regenerative braking. https://www.motivps.com/motivps/
4. Electric vehicle electricity costs per mile are substantially lower than fossil fuel costs per mile for comparable vehicles. http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/713421/can-electric-school-buses-go-the-distance
5. DISD can obtain low cost renewable electricity using a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The PPA locks in a stable electric rate that is typically below current market price for a 15 year period. Energy budgeting is simplified. The PPA price stability will protect Dallas ISD electric bus energy expenses as well as school electric energy expenses from petroleum product price fluctuations. https://www.nctcog.org/nctcg/media/Environment-and-Development/Documents/Natural%20Resources/Energy/NCTCOG-Energy-Planning-and-Procurement-Workshop-11-01-18-TEA.pdf
6. Some states are using vehicle-to-grid technology to put power back into the school during high power demand periods – thus reducing the school's electric utility bill. In the summer, the electric utility uses the idle buses for grid energy storage and releasing power during peak load periods. In return, the utility paid $100k of the purchase price of each bus. https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/green-tech/a25025285/electric-school-bus-white-plains-con-ed/
7. Of particular benefit to those aboard the buses is that the vehicles often run smoother and quieter, enhancing safety. “Without the engine noise, the bus driver can be more attentive to traffic and to what’s going on inside the bus,” Jim Reynolds, CEO of Adomani says. http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/article/713421/can-electric-school-buses-go-the-distance
8. Electric school buses are in use in California, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Quebec. https://psmag.com/environment/awaiting-the-school-bus-revolution
9. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is asking school districts to apply for money from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fundto replace or repower old polluting diesel school buses with new non-or less-polluting buses. TCEQ money can be used to purchase the charging equipment for electric buses. https://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/trust/
10. 10. NCTCOG has funding available on a first-come first-served basis to replace diesel school buses with electric buses. This could be used to fund a pilot project of a few electric buses. Grants will pay 45% of new bus costs: https://www.nctcog.org/trans/funds/cfps/clean-fleets-north-texas-2018
11. Electric vehicles, powered with renewable electricity,produce no pollution. Every fossil fueled vehicle produces unhealthy air pollution (particulates, volatile organic compounds, and nitrous oxides that contribute to ozone production) andcarbon dioxide which contributes to climate change. Some fossil fuel vehicles pollute more than others.
12. Recent Federal and UN Climate Reports underscore the criticality of moving away from burning fossil fuels to begin to reverse the calamitous effects of ever-rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Dallas ISD must step up to the plate and accept its responsibility for eliminating fossil fuels in its bus fleet (and other operations). ( https://science2017.globalchange.gov/downloads/
13. Children’s Exposure to Diesel Exhaust on School Buses by John Wargo, Ph.D. YALE UNIVERSITY, 2002 is an extensive study of the air quality environment Wargo's child experienced riding Connecticut public school buses. http://www.ehhi.org/reports/diesel/
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