The historic communities of Lead and Deadwood, South Dakota will be the latest to experience a promising new age in environmentally friendly school transportation. All buses in the Lead-Deadwood School District will be powered by O2Diesel(TM), a fuel blend of ethanol-diesel.
According to an O2 Diesel press release, “The essence of why we are using O2Diesel is we believe it is a much cleaner fuel, and the health and safety benefits for our children is our number one priority,” said Dr. Dan Leikvold, Superintendent, Lead-Deadwood School District. “In addition, the Lead-Deadwood School District wants to do its part to investigate and utilize alternative fuels.”
The introduction of this cost-effective, revolutionary fuel blend in school buses is part of the CityHome Program(TM), a national air quality initiative that enables municipal transit systems and school bus operators to make the switch to O2Diesel at no additional cost. The costs of conversion are shared by the corporate sponsors.
In partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation, a tree will be planted in the Black Hills National Forest for each child who rides these school buses. Additional sponsors include KL Process Design Group and the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council.