The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Department of Transportation has
worked to keep children safe not only when transporting them back and
forth to school, but also by reducing potentially harmful emissions in bus cabins. For those efforts, the department was recognized by the
Carolinas Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) with an Airkeeper Award.
Every year, the CCAC honors individuals and groups in the Charlotte
region as "Airkeepers" for restoring clean and safe air in the
community. CMS was recognized among five recipients for their pursuit
and receipt of funding to retrofit diesel school buses that reduce
harmful emissions. The district also was praised for participation in
CCAC's recent diesel school bus study to evaluate air quality inside
cabins and outside air quality, using different retrofit technologies
and fuels. Carol Stamper, executive director of CMS Transportation,
accepted the award during CCAC's Annual Fall Regional Seminar and
Meeting on November 14.
"It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of the CMS
Transportation Department," said Stamper. "There is a strong commitment to continue to research and implement technologies, to the extent
funding and resources are available, to assist in reducing emissions as we transport our children within the Charlotte community."
Founded in 2002, CCAC is a non-profit group serving as the citizens'
voice for air quality in the Charlotte
bi-state15-county metro region.
Its goals include promoting air quality awareness and education to
citizens, businesses and political leaders and stimulating broad-based community involvement.