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Transportation’s Mark Swackhamer achieves all-star status

2012 October 30
by HISD Communications

HISD’s Senior Manager of Fleet Operations Mark Swackhamer has been named one of Green Fleet magazine’s 40 Sustainability All-Stars for 2012. Nominees were judged on the basis of their professional longevity, accomplishments, innovativeness, and overall industry involvement, among other criteria.

 Swackhamer was selected for implementing a number of “green” initiatives at HISD, including the installation of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) units on the district’s fleet to reduce idle time and increase fuel efficiency, and a training program for bus drivers designed to increase their average miles per gallon (MPG) by five percent. Swackhamer also obtained $2.5 million in grants for the purchase of 27 propane-powered school buses and an 18,000-gallon fueling station, and his use of bio-diesel buses has resulted in a 105,000-gallon reduction in gas usage.

 Swackhamer was formally recognized for this achievement on Oct. 3 at a conference held in Illinois.

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