Plug-In Hybrid Bus Goes To Canada School

Burnaby North Secondary School in Burnaby, British Columbia was recently named “Canada’s Greenest School” and given a new plug-in hybrid bus in honor of the title.

The contest was sponsored by IC Bus, and the secondary school won based on sixteen year-old Jennifer Hoa’s video entry about inspiring future leaders to take eco-friendly actions. The plug-in hybrid bus, a CE Series, is estimated to be worth around $200,000 and is stated to be 65% more fuel efficient than standard buses in addition to reducing greenhouse gases by up to 39%.

image via IC Bus

For winning the contest that was launched in March of last year, the school will also get an audit from a LEED accredited profession from the engineering firm Morrison Hershfield, and $500 worth of green school supplies for Ms. Donna Morgan’s class, where Ms. Hoa worked on her entry that specifically focused on replacing older buses with hybrid models. Ms. Hoa will also be awarded a $3,000 scholarship to help further her education.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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