Chief Sponsor: Cheryl K. Acton

Senate Sponsor: Lincoln Fillmore

8     Cosponsors:
9     Kim F. Coleman
Ken Ivory
Marsha Judkins
Susan Pulsipher


12     General Description:
13          This resolution commends Jordan School District for investing in the state's largest fleet
14     of natural gas buses.
15     Highlighted Provisions:
16          This resolution:
17          ▸     commends Jordan School District for its contribution to improved public health and
18     fiscal responsibility through acquiring school buses that operate on compressed
19     natural gas.
20     Special Clauses:
21          None

23     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
24          WHEREAS, Utahns rank air quality among their highest concerns, and individuals
25     living along the Wasatch Front rank air quality as their highest priority among their top 10
26     concerns in the state;
27          WHEREAS, Utahns' major concerns with air quality include ozone and very fine

28     particulate matter that are produced from the burning of fossil fuels;
29          WHEREAS, the Wasatch Front is known to have some of the most challenging
30     short-term air quality issues;
31          WHEREAS, in 2017 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reclassified the
32     Wasatch Front from a "moderate" to a "serious" nonattainment area, based on the Clean Air
33     Act's air quality health standards;
34          WHEREAS, although vehicle contribution to air pollution has decreased over time and
35     will continue to decline with both the implementation of Tier III fuel and automobile standards
36     and rapidly increasing fuel economy standards, fossil fuel combustion engines continue to
37     account for approximately 48% of emissions that lead to poor air quality in Utah;
38          WHEREAS, as Utah's population continues to grow, so will the challenge of reducing
39     tailpipe emissions;
40          WHEREAS, Utah public schools have over 2,400 buses that transport 175,000 children
41     every day;
42          WHEREAS, most of the school buses being used by school districts and charter schools
43     burn diesel fuel;
44          WHEREAS, numerous studies have concluded that the younger a person is, the more
45     susceptible that person is to the dangers of diesel exhaust fumes, resulting in increased health
46     risks associated with lung disease, cancer, and heart disease;
47          WHEREAS, the concentration of numerous idling diesel school buses around schools
48     contributes to poor air quality, impacting the health of children and other members of the
49     community;
50          WHEREAS, inversions settle into the valleys along the Wasatch Front during the
51     school year, trapping exhaust fumes and fine particulate matter in the air we breathe;
52          WHEREAS, numerous efforts have been made over the past several years to remove
53     older diesel school buses in Utah and replace them with clean fuel alternatives such as
54     compressed natural gas (CNG), clean diesel, electricity, propane, or hybrid capability;
55          WHEREAS, one CNG school bus saves the equivalent of the emissions produced by 35

56     cars on the road;
57          WHEREAS, Jordan School District became a leader in clean fuel school buses when it
58     began acquiring CNG school buses 30 years ago;
59          WHEREAS, Jordan School District continually demonstrates leadership in clean fuel
60     school buses and currently has the state's largest fleet of CNG school buses;
61          WHEREAS, Jordan School District is contributing to cleaner air and better health for
62     students and residents along the Wasatch Front through the use of CNG school buses in place
63     of diesel school buses;
64          WHEREAS, in 2018 Jordan School District used $1.7 million in grant money to
65     purchase 36 new CNG school buses, bringing its total number of CNG buses to 105;
66          WHEREAS, more than half of all of the school buses used by Jordan School District
67     are CNG buses; and
68          WHEREAS, each CNG bus saves Jordan School District at least $6,000 per year,
69     resulting in an annual savings in fuel costs of $630,000:
70          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
71     Governor concurring therein, commends Jordan School District for its exemplary contribution
72     to the public health of the citizens of the state of Utah by acquiring a fleet of CNG school buses
73     with little additional expense to taxpayers, reducing emissions, and improving air quality.
74          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor commend Jordan
75     School District for being an excellent example of environmentally sensitive, forward-thinking,
76     and fiscally responsible leadership in the state of Utah.
77          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor commend Jordan
78     School District for its fiscal responsibility in seeking grants and rebates to acquire CNG school
79     buses and a CNG fueling facility, resulting in lower ongoing operational costs of its school bus
80     fleet.