Portland school transportation director to receive EPA award

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PORTLAND — The Portland Public Schools transportation director has won an award from the federal government for his work to reduce school-vehicle emissions.

Kevin Mallory, the long-time transportation director, will receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lifetime Achievement award for his work reducing emission from the school district’s bus fleet, according to a district press release.

More than a decade ago, Mallory began working to help reduce the amount of vehicle emission exposure to children and others by implementing plans to minimize idling of buses.

He also worked to retrofit buses with pollution-control equipment and to replace diesel buses with ones that run on compressed natural gas.

Mallory will receive the award on June 26 at the EPA’s Boston office.