Breathe California/SVCCC/ADOMANI Electric School Bus featured on NBC Bay Area segment.
We are proud to announce that Silicon Valley Clean Cities Coalition’s coordinating agency, Breathe California, has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from NBC Bay Area for our initiative “Zero Emissions Squared: Electric School Buses!” This program combats air pollution in schools and surrounding neighborhoods by converting diesel-powered school buses to electric school buses fueled by renewable solar energy.
The grant is part of NBC Bay Area’s 21st Century Solutions grant challenge, in partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation. Three local nonprofit organizations have received a total of $100,000 in grants for programs supporting innovative, high-impact initiatives across the Bay Area.
Margo Sidener, CEO of Breathe California, Keevan Humphrey, Supervisor of Fleet Operations at Gilroy Unified School District and Bob Garzee, Founder and Manager of ETDC and Green Team Leader, stand in front of the Electric School Bus in downtown Los Gatos.
On Saturday, December 6th, the Breathe California Electric School Bus made its debut in one of the largest town parades in the country, the Los Gatos Children's Holidays Parade! The bus was one of nearly 400 entries and was a major attraction to the crowd of around 25,000 spectators. It was fully decorated with candy canes, bells, ornaments, and ribbons to accent the open hatches that allowed the bystanders to view the batteries and motors. The bus is a "repowered" 2007 Blue Bird All American 40 ft. school bus that has had its diesel engine and gas tank
Bob Garzee after his presentation on the Electric School Bus program.
On November 21st, Silicon Valley Clean Cities hosted a best practices workshop on the use of natural gas, electric, and hydrogen vehicles, infrastructure, and economics for public and private entities. There was also a presentation by Bob Garzee, Founder and CEO of the Electronic Transportation Development Center (ETDC), on the electric school bus program that repowers diesel buses to electric.
The workshop was a great success, with many professionals coming from a wide variety of industries to listen to presentations on topics such as electric vehicles and infrastructure by Mike Harrigan, the Senior Program Manager of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, natural gas vehicels and infrastructure by Brian Rippie, the Business
Question of the Month: How can I determine whether an alternative fuel conversion system or other aftermarket device claiming to improve fuel economy or reduce emissions has been appropriately certified or verified?
Answer: To ensure an aftermarket system or device is legitimate, you must first confirm that it has been properly vetted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and any applicable state authority, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB). There are a number of ways to do this, as described below.
Firefighters listen to John Frala discuss fuel characteristics
With alternative fuel vehicles becoming more popular on the market, it is important that first responders are prepared to deal with these vehicles in case of an emergency. So through a grant from the Department of Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Cities Coalition hosted a first responder training on alternative fuel vehicles for firefighters at the City of Milpitas on October 3rd. The training was conducted by John Frala of Rio Hondo College, located in Whittier, California, and he trained 15 firefighters on how to safely respond to accidents involving alternative fuels and topics, such as:
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities Program and its nearly 100 coalitions across the nation reached a major petroleum-reduction milestone -- reducing one billion gallons in 2013 alone. This keep the Clean Cities program on track to meet its ambitious petroleum-reduction goal of 2.5 billions gallons a year by 2020.
DOE launched the national program in 1993, and Silicon Valley Clean Cities (SVCC) has been a key contributor to the program's mission in the Silicon Valley since it's founding in 1999. From breaking the Guinness World Record for most electric vehicles in a rally and hosting the 2014 National Biodiesel Summit,