The National School Transportation Association presented its “Go Yellow, Go Green” award to The Trans Group for achievements in emission reductions and environmental sustainability during the association’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Convention in Charleston, S.C., last week.
Karl Simon, director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Office's Transportation and Climate Division, joined NSTA in recognizing the school bus contractor based in Spring Valley, New York.
“Not only does The Trans Group exceed at demonstrating the principles of the NSTA’s Go Yellow, Go Green campaign, but it continues to meet NSTA Green Fleet Certifications which were developed in cooperation with the EPA's Clean School Bus program. On behalf of the EPA and NSTA, it is an honor to present The Trans Group with this award,” said Simon.
Go Yellow, Go Green is a national campaign to promote the greater use of school buses as a viable response to air pollution and excessive fuel usage. According to NSTA, one school bus can replace as many as 36 personal vehicles on each trip to and from school — significantly reducing total carbon emissions and total fuel usage.
John Corr, president of The Trans Group and NSTA Hall of Fame member, was present to accept the award. After thanking the association, he shared that his company remains committed to the cleaner operation of school buses and creating a sustainable environment for their employees and the various communities they serve.
“We encourage alternative-fuel development for vehicle power along with other voluntary actions and environmentally friendly strategies, including the use of solar energy at two of our facilities. At The Trans Group, our commitment to achieving a cleaner environment is strong, ongoing and continuously evolving.”
In 2010, the company received the "Silver Level Green Fleet Award" from the NSTA, which is endorsed by the EPA’s Clean School Bus USA Program. The Trans Group employs more than 1,300 people and operates more than 1,000 school and public transit buses in lower New York State and Long Island.
Photo caption: Karl Simon (center), director of the EPA Air Office's Transportation and Climate Division, presented the award to Trans Group President John Corr (left) and Trans Group Executive Vice President Timothy E. Flood at the recent NSTA convention in Charleston, South Carolina.