Chief Sponsor: Cheryl K. Acton

Senate Sponsor: Lincoln Fillmore


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

21     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
22          WHEREAS, Utahns rank air quality among their highest concerns, and individuals
23     living along the Wasatch Front rank air quality as their highest priority among their top 10
24     concerns in the state;
25          WHEREAS, Utahns' major concerns with air quality include ozone and very fine
26     particulate matter that are produced from the burning of fossil fuels;
27          WHEREAS, the Wasatch Front is known to have some of the most challenging

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

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