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Looking for a simple way to support your child’s health? One idea is to spend more time outdoors, as suggested by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) for Children’s Health Month in October.
According to NEEF, studies show that spending time in green, natural environments can have positive impacts on children’s mental and physical health. This also includes creating indoor environments that are free of environmental triggers that can cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Recently, researchers at Georgia State University found an easy way to improve air quality and academic success in an environment where most kids spend a lot of time: On and nearby a school bus.
The study found that cleaner-running school buses make the difference. Based on the results, it’s estimated that reducing emissions for a school district’s entire fleet could lead to a 7.8 percent gain in English test scores and an improvement to students’ respiratory health.
Your school can start seeing these results now by switching to propane school buses.
Propane cuts 96 percent of emissions compared with clean diesel buses, according to a separate West Virginia University study, and at a cost that’s 30 to 50 percent less to operate per mile than diesel buses. Previous studies proved that diesel exhaust contains toxic particulate matter that contributes to allergies, asthma, and lung cancer — especially in children.
With the substantial savings on transportation costs, your school would have more money to spend on teachers, to buy more classroom supplies, or to put toward extracurricular activities.
Bringing propane school buses to your district is an inexpensive and achievable way to positively impact your child’s health and future success today!