FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2020
Contact: Bill Droessler, Environmental Initiative
Office: 612-334-3388 x 8105
The City of Quincy and the Quincy School District upgrade old diesel trucks and school buses, improving air quality and public health
Through assistance provided by Microsoft, upgraded equipment will remove pollution equivalent of more than 1200 cars from the road annually
Quincy, WA – The City of Quincy is replacing two heavy-duty diesel trucks and the Quincy School District is replacing two old diesel-powered school buses with new, much more efficient diesel-fueled buses with the help of Project Green Fleet, which is supported by a grant from Microsoft. For both fleets, the grant is covering approximately one-third of the total project cost.
“This unique partnership is allowing the City to leverage this opportunity to replace two nearly 40-year old trucks years earlier than we would otherwise be able to do. We get help purchasing the trucks, and they’ll be newer, cleaner, and more efficient. There’s no reason not to do this,” said Carl Worley, Municipal Services Director, City of Quincy.
“We’re excited for this opportunity to be able to replace two diesel school buses that are more than 20 years old with cleaner and more efficient buses. This will be healthier for the kids, the community, and the region,” said Rob Henne, Transportation Supervisor, Quincy School District.
Diesel exhaust contains more than 40 chemicals, including 15 known cancer-causing substances. Project Green Fleet is a voluntary effort that aims to significantly reduce air pollution caused by exhaust from diesel fleets. Environmental Initiative’s Project Green Fleet is a program that replaces older, inefficient diesel engines in heavily used vehicles and equipment, helps business owners save money, reduces diesel exhaust emissions, and protects the health of workers and neighbors.
“Improving air quality is a topic that Quincy community members have raised with us in conversations about community investments Microsoft can make in the area,” said Leo Raudys, Microsoft, Director Environmental Compliance, Cloud Operations and Innovation. “Helping the City of Quincy and the Quincy School District improve their vehicles via Project Green Fleet is a simple but effective way to help the community improve air quality.”
“Project Green Fleet supports the environment, economy and public health through thoughtful partnerships based in the same core value – advancing the vitality of local communities,” said Bill Droessler, Program Development Officer of Environmental Initiative.
Project Green Fleet has focused for nearly 20 years on working with fleet owners across the country to upgrade heavy-duty equipment in need of updated engines, increasing the overall efficiency and lifespan of the machines, while also providing cost-effective and significant environmental and health benefits.
About Environmental Initiative
Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis that builds partnerships with business, government, community, and nonprofit leaders to develop solutions to environmental problems. For more information, please visit environmental-initiative.org.