Around this time last year, the Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District in Fresno County, California, was able to reinstate the music program it had lost three years earlier. The district’s 2,300 kids got their music back, not because of a wildly successful candy sale, but because of a savvy investment in solar power that will save the district about $900,000 in its first five years, and a total of $9 million over 25 years. Enough to hire a music teacher, and more.
Last month I learned how to drive a delivery truck. Not because I’m considering a career change, but because I had the opportunity to test out an innovative new truck technology that could help improve urban air quality. It’s a retrofit for medium-duty trucks, such as delivery trucks and garbage trucks, that can improve fuel efficiency and reduce smog and particle emissions by 90 percent.