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newsrel -- Applications sought from public schools for statewide pilot project to clean up California’s school buses

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 11:50:48
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



February 6, 2017



Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

Erin Squire
Special Projects Coordinator 
North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District
(707) 443-3093 ext. 111

Applications sought from public schools for statewide pilot
project to clean up California’s school buses

$10 million available for zero- and near-zero emission school

SACRAMENTO — A new program funded by proceeds from the State’s
cap-and-trade program aims to encourage the turnover of
California’s school bus fleet to zero-emission and
cleaner-burning school buses. 

The program, known as The Rural School Bus Pilot Project, is a
partnership between the North Coast Unified Air Quality
Management District (AQMD) and the California Air Resources
Board. The North Coast Unified AQMD will administer the $10
million funding for this statewide school bus project. School
districts throughout the state have been alerted that
applications for grant funding will be accepted March 1-30. All
California public schools and California public entities that own
school buses are eligible to apply. 

“This pilot project will help smaller school districts get rid of
older, dirty school buses and replace them with ultra-clean and
zero-emission models,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “Thanks
to funds from the sale of the State's share of cap-and-trade
allowances, school children will not only be helping to fight
global warming, they will also be breathing less smog and
cancer-causing air pollution.” 

Funding is available for the purchase of new advanced technology
zero-emission fuel cell and battery electric school buses and
associated vehicle charging equipment.  Near-zero-emission
plug-in hybrid school buses, or new school buses that operate on
renewable fuels, including renewable diesel, natural gas, and
propane, are also eligible. 

Applications will be ranked first by the size of the air
district, then by age of the school bus, and finally by total
mileage on the school bus. School districts in small air
districts will have first priority for the funding, but all
school districts are encouraged to apply.

The project could fund as many as 60 new school buses statewide,
reducing roughly 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. 
These newer and cleaner school buses also reduce fine particle
pollution and toxic air contaminants, which are harmful for
children whose respiratory systems are still developing. 

The Rural School Bus Pilot Project is part of California Climate
Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of
cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions,
strengthening the economy and improving public health and the
environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The
cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for
industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative
ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects
include affordable housing, renewable energy, public
transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental
restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much
more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in
disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information,
visit  California Climate Investments at:

An informational online webinar for applicants is set for 10 a.m.
Feb. 16. For more information and to access the online
application portal, visit the North Coast Unified Air Pollution
Control District at:


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