Catlin Gabel School Protects Health Of Students And Environment By Switching Buses To Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel

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Aug 4, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: Langley Allbritton


Catlin Gabel School Protects Health Of Students And Environment By Switching Buses To Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel

The First School in Oregon to Make the Switch.

The Catlin Gabel School, leading Oregon schools in the protection of student health, today switched from traditional diesel fuel to ultra low sulfur fuel (ULSD) to power its buses. The new fuel, when combined with catalyzed filters installed by Cummins NW, will reduce diesel emissions by 95%, minimizing student exposure to fumes that have been identified as a major asthma trigger for children. Using the fuel alone can reduce emissions significantly (carbon monoxide by 15%, hydrocarbons (smog precursors) by 32%, nitrogen oxides by 9% and particulate matter by 13%).

The first school in Oregon to make the switch, Catlin Gabel will arrange with Carson Oil to transport the fuel from Tacoma, Washington, until increased demand brings it to Portland terminals where diesel fuel is normally distributed. Once the fuel has been brought to Portland, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) believes the price premium will be less than 5 cents a gallon over current highway fuel.

Having worked closely with the Pupil Transportation Section of Oregon’s Department of Education for many years to ensure the school’s buses are maintained to the highest standards, Catlin Gabel leapt at the chance to purchase the new fuel, which until recently was not available. While Catlin Gabel is the first to utilize the new fuel, federal rules will require all diesel-powered highway vehicles to use ULSD by mid 2006. Not only will this conversion protect children from harmful diesel emissions, it will reduce engine maintenance cost, extend engine life and ultimately slow global warming.

For more information about conversion to ULSD, please contact Kevin Downing at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at 503.229.6549.

About the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Air Quality Division monitors air quality to ensure that the whole state meets and maintains national air quality health standards. In addition, reducing health risks from toxic air pollution and protecting our scenic views from air pollution impacts are emerging challenges.

About The Catlin Gabel School

Catlin Gabel School is an independent, co-educational day school, dedicated to student individuality, academic excellence, multiculturalism and life-long learning. The school’s dynamic pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade curriculum combines academics with arts, math, science, physical education and a strong sense of community service. Catlin Gabel is independently governed by a Board of Trustees and is not supported by tax or church monies. For more information, please visit