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El Paso Independent School District Receives $800,000 Grant to Advance Clean Energy Initiatives

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — Oct. 2, 2023) — The El Paso Independent School District marks a significant milestone in the district’s ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and fostering sustainability in its operations after being named the recipient of an $800,000 grant from the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet (GAFF) Grant Program.  

The GAFF program, established to support state agencies and political subdivisions in their transition to alternative fuel vehicles and the development of corresponding refueling infrastructure, will enable El Paso ISD to expand its fleet of eco-friendly vehicles. By doing so, the district takes a major stride toward its goal of promoting environmental responsibility while setting an example for the community.  

“We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant, which will propel our efforts to create a more sustainable future for our students and our community,” said Oscar Anchondo, El Paso ISD director of transportation. “This funding represents a significant step forward in our mission to minimize our carbon footprint and enhance the overall environmental quality of our district.”  

The grant comes on the heels of El Paso ISD's successful participation in the Texas Volkswagen Clean Air initiative in 2019. El Paso ISD was the sole district in the region to secure funding from this initiative, which enabled the transition of its bus fleet from diesel to primarily clean natural gas. Building on this success, the district continues to explore avenues for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is actively seeking additional funding opportunities later this year to further upgrade its bus fleet.   

Furthermore, El Paso ISD is actively pursuing a grant to upgrade HVAC systems and implement solar panel installations at two South Side campuses. The district has also allocated $59 million in ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding to revamp HVAC systems districtwide, making them energy-efficient while simultaneously enhancing indoor air quality and circulation.  

El Paso ISD applauds these efforts, and the district remains committed to promoting sustainability, environmental stewardship, and a healthier future for all its students and staff.