Reading, 'riting, recycling: Georgia Tech turns yellow school bus 'green'

Ford Motor Company Fund and the Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to bring the conversion of a traditional school bus to a recycled biofuel-run, hydraulic hybrid.

Converting traditional school buses to hydraulic hybrids, capable of running on recycled biofuel, could add up to a considerable savings for the nation's school districts. Free Digital Photos

A few students in Atlanta Public Schools will soon be driven to school in a the nation's first hydraulic hybrid conversion of a traditional school bus.

Financed by a $50,000 grant from The Ford Motor Company Fund and converted by students at Georgia Institute of Technology, the bus will run on recycled biofuel.

There are more than 480,000 iconic yellow school buses in the United States, but this 16-passenger school bus is being painted green by students at Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta, Ga.

The students at Mary Lin have also organized a drive for used cooking oil to be processed into biofuel for the Green Eco School Bus.

"Our students are eager to learn about new ways to care for the environment," said Brian Mitchell, principal of Mary Lin Elementary. "The Green Eco School Bus turns a theoretical concept into a fun and exciting reality that stimulates their learning."

The Georgia Tech project not only includes the conversion of a school bus, but also a cost-benefit analysis of a large-scale conversion of a school bus fleet to hydraulic hybrids.

 

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