March 18, 2020-- Make it four years straight now for Toms River Regional Schools. The district was selected again to participate in the EPA’s Clean Diesel Rebate Program, this time for $100,000 in rebate funding. When this year’s cycle is complete, the district will have saved a total of $645,000 from the program, money it has reinvested in the classroom as it faces a state-induced budget crisis.
Representatives from EPA’s Region 2 visited Toms River this past fall to celebrate the district’s success with the rebate program, and now a fourth iteration of the process will begin. Only approximately 88 entities throughout the country are selected to participate in the Clean Diesel Program each year.
The mission of the program, which has been in effect since 2012, is to “encourage school bus fleet turnover so more children can ride buses with the cleanest emissions standards,” and to reduce harmful emissions.
“Through this program, the EPA has enabled us to save considerable funding at a critical time,” said Superintendent David Healy. “This cost savings will-- as it has in the past-- enable us to save jobs, all while improving our environment and the conditions through which we safely transport our children every day.”
Toms River Regional Schools has the largest board-owned fleet in the state, 168 buses. Each year since 2016, the program has enabled the district to replace old buses with less toxic, more fuel-efficient, and up-to-date vehicles on the road each year. The EPA will provide rebates for the replacement of five buses this upcoming year.
For more information about the EPA’s Clean Diesel Rebate Program, visit https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates.