Massachusetts Schools Gets Green Bus

The South Shore Charter Public School in Norwell, Massachusetts has been given a hybrid bus in honor of being named “America’s Greenest School” in a contest that started last year.

As we recently reported, manufacturer IC Bus awarded the same vehicle to a school in Canada earlier this year. The Massachusetts school won based on a class who submitted a video about green initiatives such as a vegetable oil van, recycling and compost stations, and students’ attempts to conserve energy.

image via IC Bus

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 models according to IC Bus. A LEED accredited professional will give an audit of the school, which will have an extra $20,000 to spend on upgrades because of the contest prize.

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