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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $3 Million from EPA's Clean School Bus Program for Two New Hampshire School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

BOSTON (October 26, 2022) — Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $2,765,000 from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to two school districts in New Hampshire. The grants will help school districts purchase seven clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children's health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

"President Biden's historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation's transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children," said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. "As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children's health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve."

"With the new Clean School Bus program, EPA is delivering significant funding to New Hampshire school districts for clean electric school buses, with a particular focus on reducing air pollution in historically-disadvantaged areas with priority needs," said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash. "These zero-emission vehicles will help provide cleaner and healthier air for school children, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change."

Today's announcement includes funding for buses and infrastructure for the following school districts in New Hampshire:

Henniker SAU Office, four school buses, $1,580,000
Plymouth/Rumney School District, three school buses, $1,185,000

"As a lead negotiator of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, investments like this are exactly what I had in mind to transform and modernize our transportation sector. I'm thrilled to see those efforts come to fruition through world-class infrastructure improvements in New Hampshire, including the new electric school buses for Henniker and Rumney Schools. These buses are a win-win for our economy and the sustainability of our environment by giving us cleaner air, reducing health risks for children and often providing lower fuel and maintenance costs. These clean buses are critical steps forward towards building a climate-resilient economy," said U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

"As climate change continues to threaten our environment and economy, we must invest in clean energy technology," said U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan. "I am pleased that the Henniker and Rumney school districts will be able to purchase new electric school buses through the bipartisan infrastructure law, which I was proud to help negotiate. These new buses will help lower costs for the school district and are good for the environment. I look forward to continuing to invest in our clean energy economy and make sure that New Hampshire schools and towns have the support and resources that they need."

"It's exciting to see our local schools helping to lead the way in cutting emissions and working to address the impacts of climate change," said U.S. Representative Ann Kuster. "I'm proud to have advocated for these resources in the bipartisan infrastructure law that will allow our school districts to purchase clean, electric school buses. This transition is good for the health of our children, our planet and our economy. I will continue pushing for investments in zero-emissions transportation to protect our children, communities, and the environment."

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students' health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden's Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $6.6M from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for Kansas School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

LENEXA, KAN. (OCT. 26, 2022) – Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced the fiscal year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $6.6 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to six school districts in Kansas. The grants will help school districts purchase 17 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders, and community members in Seattle later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“The announcement of $6.6 million for Kansas school districts to purchase 17 electric school buses could not come at a better time,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Meg McCollister. “As EPA wraps up Children’s Health Month, this investment in electric school buses represents the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to the health of our children and to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases in our communities.”

Kansas school districts receiving clean school bus funding through today’s announcement include:

  • Caney Valley Unified School District 436 – Two school buses for $790,000
  • Halstead Unified School District 400 – Three school buses for $1,185,000
  • Southern Lyon County Unified School District 252 – Four school buses for $1,490,000
  • Sterling Unified School District 376 – Two school buses for $790,000
  • Wabaunsee School District – Two school buses for $790,000
  • Waconda Unified School District 272 – Four school buses for $1,580,000

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the Agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and/or tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the Agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in fiscal year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts, and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools. 

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients.

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Biden-Harris Administration announces $3,600,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for South Dakota School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

Pierre, S.D. Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $3,600,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to school districts serving the communities of Alexandria, DeSmet, Garretson, Lower Brule, Viborg and Volga, South Dakota. The grants will help school districts purchase ten clean school buses (nine electric-powered and one compressed natural gas) that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities. 

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering cleaner air and healthier environments for school children in communities across the Mountains and Plains region,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker.  “These zero-emission electric buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate exposure to harmful pollutants such as soot, fine particulates, and nitrogen oxides. We look forward to expanding these efforts through future rounds of clean bus awards for our school districts.”

Today’s announcement includes funding for buses in the following South Dakota communities:

  • Alexandria:  $395,000, 1 bus
  • DeSmet: $395,000, 1 bus
  • Garretson: $1,185,000, 3 buses
  • Lower Brule: $395,000, 1 bus
  • Viborg: $440,000, 2 buses
  • Volga: $790,000, 2 buses

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools. 

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

Biden-Harris Administration announces $4,740,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for Utah School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

Salt Lake City Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $4,740,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to school districts serving the communities of Eureka and Vernal, Utah. The grants will help school districts purchase twelve electric-powered clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities. 

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering cleaner air and healthier environments for school children in communities across the Mountains and Plains region,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker.  “These zero-emission electric buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate exposure to harmful pollutants such as soot, fine particulates, and nitrogen oxides. We look forward to expanding these efforts through future rounds of clean bus awards for our school districts.”

Today’s announcement includes funding for buses in the following Utah communities:

  • Eureka: $790,000, 2 buses
  • Vernal: $3,950,000, 10 buses

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools. 

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

EPA Announces $4,000,000 from in Clean School Bus Funding for School Districts in New Mexico

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

DALLAS, TEXAS (October 26th, 2022) —The Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $4,560,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to New Mexico school districts. The grants will help the school districts of Dulce, Pecos, Las Cruces, Dora Municipal Schools and Lake Arthur purchase 12 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.  

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

"I am thrilled to welcome this first round of funding for the Clean School Bus Program. The clean energy and electrification investments that we secured in the Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act are by far the most significant steps that Congress has taken to spur the widespread deployment of highly-efficient, fully electric and climate pollution-free technologies,” said Senator Martin Heinrich. “Modernizing the vehicles that transport New Mexico's children to school--especially with clean and electric buses--will make our air cleaner and improve public health, and create important energy and fuel savings for public school districts. Electrifying our homes, buildings, and vehicles is one of the surest climate actions that we can take right now that will help secure a more equitable, healthier future for all our communities."

“This strong investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is exactly what our communities need to protect students and the surrounding areas from the harmful emissions that current school buses produce,” said Senator Ben Ray Luján. “I’m glad this funding will provide these New Mexico school districts with a dozen electric buses to ensure a safe and efficient ride to school while protecting our environment.”

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is already at work in New Mexico. I am pleased to see that public schools in my district will receive three new electric buses,” said Representative Leger Fernández. “The iconic yellow school bus is a symbol of our enduring public education system. I’m thrilled that our students will have modern, clean, reliable transport to and from school.”

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

Below is a list of school districts and total funding:

  • Dulce Independent School received $790,000
  • Pecos Independent School District received $395,000
  • Las Cruces Public School received $1,975,000
  • Dora Municipal Schools received $610,000
  • Lake Arthur Municipal Schools received $790,000

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and  overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Over $5 Million from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for Indiana School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $5,315,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to six school districts in Indiana. The grants will help school districts purchase 19 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.   

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan joined schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs. 

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.” 

“By replacing older, heavily polluting buses, EPA is making clean school buses the American standard,” said EPA Regional Administrator Debra Shore. “Students deserve to live a life free from the burdens of pollution, just as they deserve to learn and grow in a healthy school environment.” 

“Congratulations to Michigan City Area Schools for successfully utilizing this important resource from the Environmental Protection Agency to support our children, our environment, and our innovative manufacturing base,” said Rep. Frank Mrvan. “It is great to see this positive impact from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the health of our environment and our communities.” 

Six school districts in Indiana will receive funding. A total of 19 clean school buses will go to the state, almost 70% of which are electric. 

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country. 

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks. 

 Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.  

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds. 

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program 

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools. 

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and  overburdened by pollution. 

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here. 

Biden-Harris Administration announces $2,370,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for North Dakota School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

Bismarck, N.D. Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $2,370,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to school districts serving the communities of Enderlin, Glen Ullin, and Mapleton, North Dakota. The grants will help school districts purchase six electric-powered clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.  

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering cleaner air and healthier environments for school children in communities across the Mountains and Plains region,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker.  “These zero-emission electric buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate exposure to harmful pollutants such as soot, fine particulates, and nitrogen oxides. We look forward to expanding these efforts through future rounds of clean bus awards for our school districts.”

Today’s announcement includes funding for buses in the following North Dakota communities:

  • Enderlin: $1,580,000, 4 buses
  • Glen Ullin: $395,000, 1 bus
  • Mapleton:  $395,000, 1 bus

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

Biden-Harris Administration announces $203,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for the Teton School District in Jackson, Wyo.

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

Jackson, Wyo. Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $203,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to the Teton School District serving the community of Jackson, Wyo. The grant will help the school district an electric-powered clean school bus that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around area schools and communities. 

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering cleaner air and healthier environments for school children in communities across the Mountains and Plains region,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker.  “These zero-emission electric buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate exposure to harmful pollutants such as soot, fine particulates, and nitrogen oxides. We look forward to expanding these efforts through future rounds of clean bus awards for our school districts.”

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

La administración Biden-Harris anuncia que los distritos escolares de Puerto Rico recibirán cerca de $10,000,000 del Programa de Autobuses Escolares Limpios de la EPA

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

NUEVA YORK - Hoy, la Administración Biden-Harris anunció a los beneficiarios del año fiscal 2022 del Programa de Reembolso de Autobuses Escolares Limpios de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de Estados Unidos (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual otorga cerca de $10,000,000 al Departamento de Educación de Puerto Rico como parte de la Ley Bipartidista de Infraestructura del Presidente Biden. Los reembolsos ayudarán al Departamento de Educación a adquirir más de 25 autobuses escolares limpios que acelerarán la transición a vehículos de cero emisiones y producirán aire más limpio en y alrededor de estas escuelas y comunidades.

La vicepresidenta Kamala Harris y el administrador de la EPA, Michael S. Regan se unirán a escolares, líderes del distrito y miembros de la comunidad en Seattle, Washington, durante el día de hoy para hacer el anuncio y destacar la manera en que reducirá las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, ahorrará dinero a las escuelas y protegerá mejor la salud de los niños. La inversión también impulsará la demanda de baterías y vehículos fabricados en Estados Unidos, impulsará la industria nacional y creará empleos bien remunerados.

"La inversión histórica de hoy pondrá más de 25 autobuses escolares limpios en las calles de Puerto Rico, asegurando el aire limpio y respirable que todos los niños en toda la isla merecen", señaló la administradora regional Lisa F. García. "Esta es una inversión en nuestro futuro, y gracias a la Administración Biden-Harris, Puerto Rico y nuestra Región están bien encaminados para mejorar su flota de autobuses escolares.

El anuncio de hoy incluye casi $10 millones en fondos para autobuses e infraestructura para el Departamento de Educación de Puerto Rico. El Departamento de Educación recibirá 25 autobuses escolares limpios con estos fondos, promoviendo el progreso hacia un futuro más saludable al garantizar aire limpio y respirable para todos los niños en Puerto Rico.

Organización solicitante

Distrito Escolar de Puerto Rico

Ubicación

Autobuses escolares limpios

Fondos

TRANSPORTE SONNELL LLC

DEPARTAMENTO DE EDUCACIÓN DE PUERTO RICO

PUERTO RICO

25

$9,875,000

En mayo, la EPA anunció la disponibilidad de $500 millones para su Programa de Autobuses Escolares Limpios. Dada la abrumadora demanda de los distritos escolares de todo el país, incluso en comunidades de bajos ingresos, naciones tribales y territorios, la EPA casi duplicó la cantidad de fondos que se otorgarán a $965 millones. El período de solicitud de reembolso se cerró en agosto con una respuesta sobresaliente de los distritos escolares que procuran comprar autobuses escolares eléctricos y de bajas emisiones en todo el país.

En este momento, la agencia ha seleccionado 389 solicitudes por un total de $913 millones para apoyar la compra de 2,463 autobuses, 95% de los cuales serán eléctricos. La EPA distribuirá las sumas adjudicadas a los distritos escolares en los 50 estados, Washington D.C., junto con varias tribus reconocidas federalmente y territorios de los Estados Unidos. Los distritos escolares identificados como áreas prioritarias que atienden a estudiantes de bajos ingresos, rurales y/o tribales representan el 99% de los proyectos que fueron seleccionados. Se están revisando más solicitudes, y la agencia planea seleccionar más para alcanzar los $965 millones totales en las próximas semanas.

Aquellos distritos escolares que recibieron una suma adjudicada ahora pueden proceder con la compra de nuevos autobuses e infraestructura elegible. Los seleccionados deberán enviar formularios de solicitud de pago con órdenes de compra que demuestren que han pedido nuevos autobuses e infraestructura elegible. La EPA también se está asociando con el Departamento de Energía y el Departamento de Transporte de los Estados Unidos para proporcionar a los distritos escolares asistencia técnica sólida destinada a garantizar una implementación efectiva.

Estas sumas adjudicadas representan los primeros mil millones de dólares de un programa de cinco años, que totaliza $5 mil millones, creado por la Ley Bipartidista de Infraestructura del presidente Biden. La EPA también está diseñando las próximas rondas de financiamiento del programa que se lanzarán en los próximos meses, las cuales incluirán una ambiciosa competencia de subvenciones. A través de futuras rondas de financiamiento, la EPA pondrá a disposición otros mil millones de dólares para autobuses escolares limpios en el año fiscal 2023. La EPA alienta a los distritos escolares no seleccionados en la primera ronda de reembolsos, y aquellos que no presentaron solicitudes en este ciclo de financiamiento, a participar en rondas futuras.

Acerca del Programa de Reembolso de Autobuses Escolares Limpios

El Programa de Autobuses Escolares Limpios reducirá las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, ahorrará dinero para los distritos escolares y producirá aire más limpio. La contaminación del aire diésel está relacionada con el asma y otras afecciones que dañan la salud de los estudiantes y hacen que falten a la escuela, particularmente en comunidades de color y comunidades tribales. La eliminación gradual de estos motores diésel garantizará un aire más limpio para los estudiantes, conductores de autobuses y personal escolar que trabajan cerca de las áreas de subida y bajada de pasajeros de los autobuses, así como las comunidades a través de las cuales pasan los autobuses cada día. La reducción de las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero de estos reemplazos de autobuses también ayudará a abordar el enorme papel del sector del transporte en alimentar la crisis climática. El programa también ahorrará dinero a los distritos escolares a medida que actualizan las flotas de autobuses escolares, reemplazando los autobuses más antiguos y altamente contaminantes con autobuses escolares nuevos y limpios, liberando a la vez los recursos necesarios para las escuelas.

Los reembolsos de autobuses escolares limpios de 2022 priorizan a las comunidades de bajos ingresos, rurales y tribales. La gran mayoría de los solicitantes cumplieron con la definición de prioridad bajo los criterios de Reembolsos de Autobuses Escolares Limpios 2022, lo que produjo el acceso a más fondos destinados a autobuses e infraestructura de vehículos eléctricos para escuelas en áreas que más los necesitan. El programa también cumple con la Iniciativa Justice40 del presidente Biden, que tiene como objetivo entregar el 40% de los beneficios generales de ciertas inversiones federales a comunidades desfavorecidas que están marginadas, desatendidas y sobrecargadas por la contaminación.

Vea la lista completa de beneficiarios del Programa de Autobuses Escolares Limpios aquí.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Puerto Rico School Districts Will Get Nearly $10,000,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

NEW YORK - Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $10,000,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to the Puerto Rico Department of Education. The rebates will help the Department of Education purchase over 25 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

"Today's historic investment will put over 25 clean school buses on the streets of Puerto Rico, ensuring clean, breathable air that all children throughout the island deserve," said Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. "This is an investment in our future, and thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, Puerto Rico and our Region is well on its way to upgrading its school bus fleet. 

Today’s announcement includes nearly $10 million in funding for buses and infrastructure for the Puerto Rico Department of Education. The Department of Education will receive 25 clean school buses with these funds, furthering the progress toward a healthier future by ensuring clean, breathable air for all children in Puerto Rico.

Applicant Organization

Puerto Rico School District

Location

Clean School Buses

Funding

TRANSPORTE SONNELL LLC

PUERTO RICO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

PUERTO RICO

25

$9,875,000

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

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Biden-Harris Administration announces $2,890,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for Colorado School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

DENVER Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $2,890,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to school districts serving the Colorado communities of Granby, Mosca, Simla and Weston. The grants will help school districts purchase eight electric clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero-emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.  

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“Thanks to the Infrastructure Law, communities across Colorado are receiving well-deserved funding to replace their school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models,” said Senator Michael Bennet. “Deploying more electric school buses is a critical part of keeping our air clean for our kids, and I’m glad to see this funding coming to our state.”

“As communities across America continue our work towards a renewable energy future, I am excited that the EPA has taken yet another step to support their efforts. The $790,000 in funding they’ve awarded to the East Grand School District will help to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. Together we are building a cleaner, greener Colorado,” said Congressman Joe Neguse.

“I am focused on saving people money and protecting our air so we are pleased that these federal grants will help to free up resources for our rural schools which can be used to increase teacher pay or decrease class sizes.  This first round of funding scratches the surface of the opportunity in Colorado and next year we will launch Colorado’s electric bus grant program - the highest per capita investment in clean buses by any state in the country - and we look forward to continuing to work with our schools to apply for this state funding as well as the remaining $4 billion of federal funding in the years ahead. Congratulations to East Grand School District No. 2, Big Sandy School District No. 100J, Primero Reorganized School District No. 2, and Sangre de Cristo School District No. Re 22J for this exciting grant," said Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering cleaner air and healthier environments for school children in communities across the Mountains and Plains region,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker.  “These zero-emission electric buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate exposure to harmful pollutants such as soot, fine particulates, and nitrogen oxides. We look forward to expanding these efforts through future rounds of clean bus awards for our school districts.”

Today’s announcement includes funding for zero-emission electric buses for the following Colorado communities and school districts:

  • Granby: East Grand School District No. 2, $790,000, 2 buses
  • Mosca: Primero Reorganized School District No. 2, $305,000, 1 bus
  • Simla: Big Sandy School District No. 100J, $1,095,000, 3 buses
  • Weston: Sangre de Cristo School District No. Re-22J, $700,000, 2 buses

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $1 Billion from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for 389 School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (Oct. 26, 2022) — Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe, joined by White House senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu, school district leaders, community members, and school children at the John Lewis Elementary School near the Petworth section of Washington, D.C., announced $7.6 million in rebates that will go to the District of Columbia to replace older buses with 25 new electric school buses. 

The event in D.C. is part of the Biden-Harris Administration announcement for the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $1 billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 389 school districts spanning 50 states, Washington, D.C., and several Tribes and U.S. territories. The funding will help school districts purchase over 2,400 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.

“These pollutants have a significant impact on people’s health—to the health of the children who ride the bus, the bus drivers, and the folks in surrounding neighborhoods and communities,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe. “With unprecedented funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are forever transforming how students across this country will get to and from school.”

Air pollution from mobile sources like cars, buses, and trucks is linked to asthma and other health problems that hurt our communities and cause students to miss school, particularly in low income and Tribal communities. New, zero-emission and low-emission buses not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they also produce cleaner air for students, bus drivers, school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities that the buses drive through each day. 

“This is an especially important announcement with October being Children’s Health Month,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “These rebates will ultimately help protect children’s health by replacing older school buses with newer, cleaner ones, and transitioning to a clean transportation future means cleaner air and less pollution for all of our communities.”

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next round of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

Biden-Harris Administration announces $3,950,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for Montana School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

Helena, Mont. Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $3,950,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to school districts in the communities of Bigfork, Clinton and Fairfield, Montana. The grants will help school districts purchase ten electric-powered clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.  

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering cleaner air and healthier environments for school children in communities across the Mountains and Plains region,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker.  “These zero-emission electric buses will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate exposure to harmful pollutants such as soot, fine particulates, and nitrogen oxides. We look forward to expanding these efforts through future rounds of clean bus awards for our school districts.”

Today’s announcement includes funding for zero-emission electric buses for the following Montana communities and school districts:

  • Bigfork: Bigfork Elementary School, $2,765,000, 7 buses
  • Clinton: Clinton Elementary School, $790,000, 2 buses
  • Fairfield: Fairfield Elementary School, $395,000, 1 bus

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

EPA Announces $50 Million in Clean School Bus Funding for School Districts in Texas

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

The Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $50,980,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Texas school districts. The grants will help 13 school districts purchase 144 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.  

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“I’m proud of the $6,225,000 in federal funds awarded to Houston Independent School District (HISD) to invest in 25 new school buses,” said Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia. “These funds were only made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. I was proud to support this law in Congress because I knew it would benefit students right here in our community. This will improve our local environment and allow HISD students to enjoy 15 brand-new electric buses as they continue their education. These are the great results that happen when we put people over politics.”

“Congratulations Houston ISD for being awarded $6,225,000 as part of the EPA’s Clean School Bus Rebate program funded by the Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Taking steps to make our school buses greener while remaining safe and effective is not only imperative for the wellbeing of students and bus drivers, but also for the public at large,” said Congressman Al Green. “I applaud this announcement by the EPA under President Biden’s leadership. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this outstanding award to purchase electric and propane school buses will have on reducing our carbon footprint.”

“This is great news for Dallas schools and shows how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver and how North Texas school districts can lead the nation in the adoption of this technology,” said Congressman Colin Allred. “I am a graduate of Dallas public schools, and I took the bus when I was growing up, so I know how important this service is for families. I was glad to join the EPA this summer in urging our schools to apply for this funding and I am proud that Dallas ISD will receive 25 clean, pollution-free electric school buses.”

“I am pleased to learn that Dallas ISD has been selected for participation in the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, a groundbreaking initiative that will provide $7.6 million in funding for 25 new electric school buses. Once fully implemented, students will ride buses that are healthier for the environment—and in turn, healthier for them,” said Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

“Because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, for which I was the only elected official in our region to vote, Socorro ISD will be receiving a historic investment to modernize their bus fleet, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and limit exposure to harmful diesel emissions for our students, teachers, and staff,” said Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. “In March of this year, I had the privilege of hosting EPA Regional Administrator for Region 6, Dr. Earthea Nance, to brief El Paso superintendents on the Clean School Buses Program and how to apply. For years, federal grant programs have failed to reach underserved communities. That’s why I am so proud to see the funding Democrats worked so hard to secure in the hands of the El Paso community.”

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

 

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

 

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

Below is a list of the school districts and total funding:

  • Dallas ISD received $7,625,000
  • Socorro ISD received $9,875,000
  • North Hopkins ISD received $790,000
  • Wolfe City ISD received $1,185,000
  • Queen City ISD received $1,975,000
  • Kilgore ISD received $1,580,000
  • Cushing ISD received $790,000
  • Martinsville ISD received $1,580,000
  • Killeen ISD received $9,875,000
  • Houston ISD received $6,225,000
  • Matagorda ISD received $790,000
  • Refugio ISD received $1,185,000
  • San Felipe-Del Rio CISD received $7,505,000

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

 

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and  overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Jersey School Districts Will Get $2,500,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

NEW YORK - Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $2,500,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to two school districts in New Jersey. The rebates will help school districts receive seven clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

"Today's historic investment will put seven clean school buses on the streets of New Jersey, ensuring clean, breathable air that all children in this state deserve," said Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. "This is an investment in our future, and thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, New Jersey and our Region is continuing its incredible progress in upgrading its school bus fleet. 

“The EPA’s clean school bus rebate program is another great example of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at work improving New Jersey’s environment,” said New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette. “We have far too many diesel school buses on the road. The Murphy Administration has been working very hard to electrify school bus fleets across the state and install the necessary charging infrastructure to support them. These efforts will protect the health of our most precious resource, our children, especially in overburdened communities such as Atlantic City and Bridgeton that have been exposed to a disproportionate amount of air pollution for too long.”

Today’s announcement includes funding for buses and infrastructure for school districts in Atlantic City and Bridgeton, New Jersey. The Atlantic City School District will receive five clean school buses with nearly $1.5 million in funds. The Bridgeton City School District will receive two clean school buses with nearly $800,000 in funds.

Applicant Organization

New Jersey School Districts

Location

Clean School Buses

Funding

THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF BRIDGETON

BRIDGETON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

BRIDGETON

2

$790,000

ATLANTIC COUNTY SPECIAL SERVICES SCHOOL DISTRICT

ATLANTIC CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

ATLANTIC CITY

5

$1,525,000

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $1,975,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for West Virginia School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (Oct. 26, 2022) — Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $2 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 3 school districts in West Virginia. The grants will help school districts purchase 5 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.  

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement of nearly $1 billion in clean school bus grants nationwide and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“Along with making record investments in our nation’s core infrastructure, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided funds to replace and upgrade school buses across the country with lower-emissions vehicles,” said Senate EPW Committee Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). “Today’s announcement is good news for Boone, Wyoming, and Wirt counties, and I’m looking forward to seeing West Virginia lead the way in providing reliable, safe transportation while reducing the impact it has on our environment.”

“Every West Virginian deserves clean air to breathe, and this Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investment for clean school buses in Boone, Wirt and Wyoming counties is great news for our entire state. The new buses will emit fewer pollutants linked with asthma and lung damage and will promote better air quality across the state, all while safely taking young West Virginians to and from school every day,” said Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). “Our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver critical investments for the Mountain State, and I will keep working with the EPA to protect communities across West Virginia for generations to come.”

“This is an especially important announcement with October being Children’s Health Month,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “These rebates will ultimately help protect children’s health by replacing older school buses with newer, cleaner ones, and transitioning to a clean transportation future means cleaner air and less pollution for all of our communities.”

All 5 of West Virginia’s new school buses across the 3 districts will be electric. Today’s announcement includes funding for buses and infrastructure for districts in cities Pineville, West Virginia.

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and  overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

EPA Awards Nevada nearly $9 Million in Historic Federal Funding to Improve Water Quality

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

CARSON CITY Today, The U.S. EPA announced funding to the State of Nevada for water infrastructure improvements as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  Nevada has been awarded an $8.7 million capitalization grant through the State Revolving Funds (SRFs) along with Nevada’s annual base SRF funding of $13.8 million.

The grant marks the first significant distribution of water infrastructure funds following the passage of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The BIL allocates more than $50 billion toward repairing the nation’s essential water infrastructure, in turn helping communities access clean, safe and reliable drinking water, prevent flooding, collect and treat wastewater to protect public health, and safeguard vital waterways.

“All communities need access to clean, reliable, safe water,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Thanks to President Biden’s leadership and the resources from the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are repairing aging water infrastructure, replacing lead service lines, cleaning up contaminants, and making our communities more resilient in the face of floods and climate impacts.”

“Nevada remains firmly committed to improving clean water infrastructure across the state and protecting water quality for all Nevadans, including our historically underserved communities," said Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. "Nevada’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, administered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, has a strong record of partnering with communities to provide affordable financing for water infrastructure projects. I thank the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for these historic investments that will further Nevada's efforts to improve water quality while increasing the state's resilience to drought and climate change for generations to come."

“I’m proud to have helped secure funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to ensure Nevada communities have access to clean water,” said Senator Jacky Rosen. “This historic funding will help to repair our water infrastructure and better manage wastewater and will take important steps toward keeping Nevadans safe and healthy.”

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is the administrator of Nevada's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, providing communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. 

NDEP provides various types of assistance, including loans, refinancing, purchasing, or guaranteeing local debt and purchasing bond insurance. Loan terms vary and may include an interest rate discount and repayment periods between 20 and 30 years. NDEP tailors all loan terms to the borrower's situation and needs.  

Capitalization grants will continue to be awarded, on a state-by-state basis, over the course of the next four years. As grants are awarded, the state SRF programs can begin to distribute the funds as grants and loans to communities across their state.

While the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law presents the largest low-cost and no-cost funding opportunity for investing in water infrastructure, other programs do exist to help communities manage their water resources.

More information about funding is available on EPA’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law webpage.

For more information on Nevada’s water quality priorities for this funding, please visit: https://ndep.nv.gov/water/financing-infrastructure/state-revolving-fund-loans#

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces New York School Districts Will Get $69,620,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

NEW YORK - Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $69,620,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 22 school districts in New York. The rebates will help school districts receive 184 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

"Today's historic investment will put 184 clean school buses on the streets of New York, ensuring clean, breathable air that all children in this state deserve," said Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia. "This is an investment in our future, and thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, New York and our Region is leading the pack in upgrading its school bus fleet. 

“Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law, as the wheels of the new, electric school busses go round and round, carbon emissions and pollution is gonna keep going down and down,” said Senator Schumer. “Over $69 million will supercharge our efforts to fight climate change and power over 180 brand new electric buses to keep our air clean, kids safe and our communities healthy. I am proud to deliver this tremendous environmental justice investment that will put our students on the road to a brighter future and a cleaner commute.”

“Now more than ever, we must ensure New York’s students have access to reliable and clean public transportation. By investing in clean and modern technology, we will reduce pollution and congestion throughout New York State, protect the health of our communities, and create new economic opportunities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am thrilled to announce that $69,620,000 in federal dollars from the Bipartisan Infrastructure law will go to supporting 184 zero and low-emission school buses across our state. This significant federal investment will result in a cleaner and safer commute for the countless students who rely on buses every day to get to school. New York is and always will be a leader in environmental stewardship and working toward a healthier, more sustainable future for all.”

“One of the most important investments I worked to deliver in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was to ensure that children had safe and pollution-free rides to and from school,” said Representative Paul Tonko. “I am so excited that students in Duanesburg will be able to benefit from this first round of funding, and I look forward to supporting other districts in the Capital Region to compete for future opportunities. Together—and with these bold federal investments—we can expand innovative, clean transit options, tackle climate change, and ensure our kids breathe cleaner air.”

“The bipartisan physical infrastructure law is delivering over $2.3 million in federal funding for updated school buses at Jordan-Elbridge Central School District and Fabius-Pompey Central School District,” said Representative John Katko. “I was proud to support this legislation and am pleased it is helping make transportation to school safe and reliable for Central New York students.” 

“Investing in clean energy is not just an opportunity to fight climate change- it is an opportunity to address shortfalls in rural transportation and improve the resiliency of our electric grid,” said Congressman Pat Ryan. “The Clean School Bus program is a win-win and I am thrilled that six school districts across NY-19 will receive this crucial funding for 63 new buses. This is a project I championed as County Executive, and now, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the hard work of the Environmental Protection Agency, we are one step closer to decreasing carbon emissions and leaving our children an earth they can safely and proudly call home.”

“I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their steadfast commitment to fighting climate change, reducing emissions, and helping schools improve air quality by adding more clean buses to their fleets and on our streets,” said New York State Governor Kathy Hochul. “This significant investment will support New York’s aggressive climate goals and complement the ongoing work to protect communities by requiring all new school bus purchases be zero-emissions by 2027 and all school buses on the road be zero-emissions by 2035. The impact of the steps we take now to reduce emissions and work toward our Climate Act goals will protect New York’s children today and tomorrow.” 

 “The massive federal investments announced today and the sustained commitment to clean transportation under the Biden-Harris Administration will help bring New York State one step closer to reaching Governor Hochul’s goals for zero-emission school buses statewide,” said New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Thanks to EPA Administrator Regan and Regional Administrator Garcia, these grants will improve air quality for students and our communities and give schools and bus fleet owners the resources to support the transition to cleaner transportation.”

Today’s announcement includes funding for buses and infrastructure for school districts in several New York cities, including Accord, Boiceville, and New York City. The Rondout Valley Central School District in Accord will receive nearly $10 million to purchase 25 clean school buses. With almost $9 million, Onteora Central School District in Boiceville will purchase 21 clean school buses, and New York City school districts will receive a combined 50 clean school buses with nearly $18 million.

Applicant Organization

New York School Districts

Location

Clean School Buses

Funding

ALEXANDRIA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

ALEXANDRIA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

ALEXANDRIA BAY

12

$3,660,000

BLUE BIRD BODY COMPANY

BARKER CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

BARKER

12

$4,740,000

DOWNSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT

DOWNSVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

DOWNSVILLE

1

$395,000

DUANESBURG CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

DUANESBURG CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

DELANSON

1

$305,000

HARTFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT

HARTFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

HARTFORD

12

$4,740,000

J.P. BUS & TRUCK REPAIR LTD.

NEW YORK CITY GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICT # 1

NEW YORK

25

$9,875,000

J.P. BUS & TRUCK REPAIR LTD.

NYC CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE

NEW YORK

25

$8,075,000

JORDAN ELBRIDGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

JORDAN-ELBRIDGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

JORDAN

1

$395,000

LEONARD BUS SALES INC

FABIUS-POMPEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

FABIUS

5

$1,975,000

LEONARD BUS SALES INC

CHATHAM CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

CHATHAM

5

$1,885,000

LEONARD BUS SALES INC

MONTICELLO CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

MONTICELLO

1

$395,000

LEONARD BUS SALES INC

ADIRONDACK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOONVILLE

3

$1,185,000

LEONARD BUS SALES INC

NORWOOD-NORFOLK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

NORWOOD

1

$395,000

LEONARD BUS SALES INC

NAPLES CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

NAPLES

2

$790,000

MALONE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

MALONE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

MALONE

4

$1,580,000

MARATHON SCHOOL DISTRICT

MARATHON SCHOOL DISTRICT

MARATHON

3

$1,185,000

NESCO BUS & TRUCK SALES, INC.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP CHARTER SCHOOL

BROOKLYN

1

$395,000

NEWFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

NEWFIELD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

NEWFIELD

3

$1,185,000

ONTEORA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

ONTEORA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOICEVILLE

21

$8,295,000

RONDOUT VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

RONDOUT VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

ACCORD

25

$9,875,000

SALMON RIVER CENTRAL SCH DIST INC

SALMON RIVER CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

FORT COVINGTON

11

$4,345,000

TACONIC HILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

TACONIC HILLS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

CRARYVILLE

10

$3,950,000

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $30,810,000 from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for Virginia School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (Oct. 26, 2022) — Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $30.8 Million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 11 school districts in Virginia. The grants will help school districts purchase 78 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.  

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement of nearly $1 billion in clean school bus grants nationwide and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“Virginia students deserve buses that won’t accelerate climate change and pollute the air in their communities. This is one of many examples of how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which I helped pass last year, is going to make a real difference for Virginians across the Commonwealth and help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.). “I’m glad to see Virginia is receiving federal funding so that school districts can purchase more energy efficient school buses.”

“Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, school districts in Virginia are set to receive millions in funding for zero-emission and low-emission school buses that will help provide students with safe and reliable transportation to and from school. As we continue to look for ways to reduce pollution and combat climate change, I am glad to see this federal funding directed towards replacing old school buses with 21st century, eco-friendly equipment,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).

“This is an especially important announcement with October being Children’s Health Month,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “These rebates will ultimately help protect children’s health by replacing older school buses with newer, cleaner ones, and transitioning to a clean transportation future means cleaner air and less pollution for all of our communities.”

Of the 78 new buses being added to the Virginia fleets, all will be electric. Today’s announcement includes funding for buses and infrastructure for districts in cities like Hillsville, Virginia.

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and  overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $34.6 Million from EPA’s Clean School Bus Program for Pennsylvania School Districts

Wed, 10/26/2022 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (Oct. 26, 2022) — Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding nearly $34,610,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 11 school districts in Pennsylvania. The grants will help school districts purchase 89 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.  

Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join schoolchildren, district leaders and community members in Seattle, Washington, later today to make the announcement of nearly $1 billion in clean school bus grants nationwide and highlight how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save schools money, and better protect children’s health. The investment will also drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, boost domestic manufacturing, and create good-paying jobs.

“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”

“This is an especially important announcement with October being Children’s Health Month,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “These rebates will ultimately help protect children’s health by replacing older school buses with newer, cleaner ones, and transitioning to a clean transportation future means cleaner air and less pollution for all of our communities.”

“Families rely on school buses to safely transport their children to and from school and related activities,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D-Pa.). “We ensure that these buses are safe and that should include safe for our children's lungs and their environment. I thank President Biden for prioritizing pollution reduction and clean energy as part of his broad and comprehensive infrastructure investments. These new buses will decrease air pollution around schools and for schoolchildren.”

Of the 89 school buses that will be purchased in Pennsylvania, nearly all of them will be electric, with 1 new propane bus being added to the fleet. Today’s announcement includes funding for buses and infrastructure for districts in cities like Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.

In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Given overwhelming demand from school districts across the country, including in low-income communities, Tribal nations, and territories, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding that will be awarded to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with an outstanding response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.

At this time, the agency has selected 389 applications totaling $913 million to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, 95% of which will be electric. EPA will distribute awards to school districts in all 50 states, Washington D.C., along with several federally recognized Tribes and U.S. territories. School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full $965 million in the coming weeks.

Those school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.

These awards are the first $1 billion of a five-year, $5 billion program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. EPA is also designing the next rounds of program funding to launch in the coming months, which will include an ambitious grant competition. Through future rounds of funding, EPA will make available another $1 billion for clean school buses in Fiscal Year 2023. EPA encourages school districts not selected in the first round of rebates – and those that did not apply this funding cycle – to participate in future rounds.

About the Clean School Bus Rebate Program

The Clean School Bus Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other conditions that harm students’ health and cause them to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities. Phasing out these diesel engines will ensure cleaner air for students, bus drivers, and school staff working near the bus loading areas, and the communities through which the buses drive each day. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacements will also help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector in fueling the climate crisis. The program will also save school districts money as they upgrade school bus fleets, replacing older, heavily polluting buses with brand new clean school buses, while freeing up needed resources for schools.

The 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates prioritize low-income, rural, and Tribal communities. The vast majority of applicants met the priority definition under the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates criteria, resulting in access to more funds for buses and electric vehicle infrastructure for schools in areas that need them the most. The program also delivers on President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and  overburdened by pollution.

View the full list of Clean School Bus award recipients here.