Nearly one year after being recognized as “America’s Greenest School” in a national competition sponsored by the IC Bus Company, Irvington and the Fremont Unified School District unveiled their prize to the community. In recognition of Irvington’s efforts to conserve energy, reduce waste, and provide students with opportunities to learn and lead on environmental issues, IC Bus Company awarded the school a brand new diesel-electric hybrid bus valued at over $250,000.
Community members were able to tour the bus at the City of Fremont’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Except for a few extra indicator lights on the dashboard and an outlet cover in addition to a fuel door on the outside, the bus looks just like any other. However, the bus has additional features of note. The interior of the bus is reconfigurable to support a varying number of students using wheel chairs and includes a special door and lift system to make sure that it is fully accessible. The ventilation also features a HEPA filter to maintain healthy air-quality inside the bus.
In addition to the providing tours of the bus, students from Irvington gave away native plants and reusable shopping bags, explained the school’s 9th Grade Environmental Change Project and hosted booths for the City of Fremont.
Last year, sophomore Alex Chen wrote Irvington’s application for the contest- learn more about Irvington and the America’s Greenest School Award here. Read Alex Chen’s winning essay here.