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California ARB to award up to $10M for zero- and near-zero emission school buses

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

The program, known as The Rural School Bus Pilot Project, is a partnership between the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the California Air Resources Board. The North Coast Unified AQMD will administer the $10 million funding for this statewide school bus project.

Applications for grant funding will be accepted March 1-30. All California public schools and California public entities that own school buses are eligible to apply.

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

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

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

The Rural School Bus Pilot Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35% of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities.



Leave it to Cali to be the coolest..once again!


Some of the money comes from the low carbon program, kids should have clean buses, in fact everyone should.

Dr. Strange Love

If CARB was really concerned about the Environment, they would have a more Holistic View of Environmental Repair.

Put Children to work to design and build projects to Repair the Environment around them. Children love this kind of stuff. Use ALL of the money that CARB "Earns" issuing fines and NOVs to fund Elementary and Middle School (HS if funds remain) for Riparian and other environmental Reclamation projects.

Children will be your Conduit to a better cleaner environment. This is definitely "More Bang for the Buck" than replacing a few old broken down buses. Those buses will eventually be replaced through attrition with better technology anyway.

This is CARB with their atypical "blame everything on HC" mentality.

California is washing into the sea (mudslides) and has a water deficit problem. Johnny Appleseed can be your Savior.

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