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 Thursday. It was made possible with a $60,000 grant from the Bellmon Awards, and will be used to fuel part of the district’s fleet of 148 CNG-powered school buses.
“We are greatly appreciative of Southside Rotary, Sustainable Tulsa and the Henry Bellmon Awards for this special honor,” said Superintendent Keith Ballard. “TPS has long had a commitment to CNG, and it’s helped us to be better stewards of the environment and our budget dollars. We want to ensure we leave a healthy environment for our children and grandchildren. This grant will go a long way toward helping us to realize that vision.”
The natural gas compressor, which will become operational this week in time for the school year, was manufactured and installed by Tulsa Gas Technologies. Capable of filling as many as 30 buses at a time, this equipment will also allow TPS to expand its fleet of CNG-powered buses.
Thursday’s dedication was attended by Rosalyn Vann-Jackson, TPS assistant director of transportation; Gene Kieczykowski, general manager of transportation; Jack Carney, Tulsa Southside Rotary Club; Corey Williams, Sustainable Tulsa; and Ballard.
Source: Tulsa Public Schools