TPS Receives Grant
Sustainable Tulsa, the Southside Rotary Club of Tulsa and The Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards formally dedicated Tulsa Public Schools’ new compressed natural gas compressor at the McBirney Bus Lot on Aug. 14. The compressor, which was made possible with a $60,000 grant from the Bellmon Awards, will be used to fuel part of the district’s fleet of 148 -powered school buses.
In its fifth year, the Bellmon Awards, a collaboration between Sustainable Tulsa and Southside Rotary Club of Tulsa, have a mission to raise awareness and reward those people, agencies, organizations, tribes or companies that dedicate themselves to a balanced approach toward quality of life, responsible economic growth and environmental stewardship. Tulsa Public Schools was chosen as the 2011 to 2013 beneficiary for their commitment to clean-burning school buses.
Advantages of include a lower gas cost with typically 25 to 45 percent less than the cost of a gallon of diesel fuel, environmentally friendly by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20-23 percent when compared with diesel vehicles, and nearly 98 percent of all natural gas used in the U.S. comes from North America.