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April 2013

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in foc us green Business That ribbon of highway Bus company recognized for setting environmentally-friendly example By Rich Redman G reen Bay-based Lamers Bus Lines received the 2013 Green Highway Award from the United Motorcoach Association for its commitment to environmentally friendly operating practices. Bus manufacturer Motor Coach Industries created the award four years ago and includes more than 900 professional bus and motor coach companies nationwide. The Green Highway Award recognizes efforts in three general areas: administrative and operations, equipment and maintenance, and facilities. Pat Ziska, MCI vice president, saluted Lamers ���for their commitment to the environment and their broad implementation of the many ways a contemporary motor coach operator can make a difference.��� Lyle and Ellen Lamers founded the company in 1944, which is today run by their sons Allen and Kevin. The company operates 140 motorcoaches and other charter vehicles and nearly 1,200 school buses from 28 locations in Wisconsin and one in Florida. ���With the passing of my father in December, it was very timely for Lamers Bus Lines to receive this prestigious honor,��� says Allen, company president. ���We considered him to be the pioneer of recycling because of his religious dedication to it. We are always mindful of ways we can reuse resources and/or use less.��� One way Lamers monitors energy 42 | Insight ��� A p r i l 2 013 Lamers Bus Lines��� Charter Sales Consultant Eric Stadler behind the wheel of one of the company���s 127 motorcoaches. usage, for example, is through an electronic fleet management system that tracks vehicle idling, maintenance and other efficiencies. ���We have an anti-idle policy, and ask our drivers to turn off the engines whenever they can,��� says Ed Shoning, director of safety for Lamers. ���We get an alert if a vehicle idles for more than 10 minutes.��� In 2010, Lamers purchased its own driver training simulator in a custom motorcoach to provide better training for drivers while significantly reducing the amount of fuel used for training. ���We���ve already trained more than 1,500 drivers,��� says Shoning. ���We teach them how to deal with w w w. i n s i g h t o n b u s i n e s s . c o m

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