Thank you for taking action on this important issue!
Dirty diesel school buses emit dangerous pollutants that kids breathe into their developing lungs, causing respiratory illnesses, aggravating asthma, and exposing them to cancer-causing pollutants.
We have a historic opportunity to invest in zero-emission transportation for our kids. The U.S. EPA announced the opening of its historic, billion-dollar 2023 Clean School Bus Program to help school districts replace polluting buses with zero-tailpipe-emission electric school buses. School districts can apply now to receive up to $395,000 for each new electric school bus and for charging infrastructure.
We need your help to make sure your school district takes advantage of this historic opportunity to support transitioning its fleet to zero-tailpipe-emission electric school buses to protect our students, communities, and school district.
Applications are open until August 22 and the EPA is expected to announce award recipients starting in November.
We know school districts are juggling many other needs right now and they need to hear from you and other constituents that this is an important opportunity.
Tell your school district to apply for this program. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Copy the sample email language below into a new email. Be sure to add your name to the bottom.
2. Find your county school board members from the list at right. Copy their email addresses into the TO box of your email.
3. Hit SEND and you’re done!
SAMPLE EMAIL to School district officials – copy and paste into a new email
Subject: Please apply to the U.S. EPA Clean School Bus Program to receive funds for zero-tailpipe-emission electric school buses
Dear Members of the School Board of Education:
I want to make sure you saw the great news: last month, the U.S. EPA opened the second round of applications for its Clean School Bus Program to help school districts replace older buses with electric school buses.
School districts can apply now to receive up to $395,000 for each electric school bus and charging infrastructure, with a limit of 15-50 school buses per school district, while third-party applicants (such as manufacturers, dealers, private bus fleets, or nonprofit transportation associations) can apply for 50-100 school buses. (View the application here: https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/clean-school-bus-program-grants).
Applications are open until August 22 and the EPA is expected to announce award recipients starting in November. You can find more information on program details and eligibility here.
I am writing to encourage you to submit an application before the August 22 deadline. This program is an incredible opportunity to bring the health, air quality, and climate benefits of clean-running electric school buses to our students, communities, and school district.
Electric school buses are the only zero-tailpipe-emission alternative to diesel school buses; they can cut down on pollution that children and bus drivers breathe while reducing maintenance and operation costs for schools. They’ve been found to perform well in every type of climate, from Alaska to Arizona, and across different types of terrains.
This is an historic opportunity to invest in zero-emission transportation for our kids and we can’t let it pass us by!
Thank you for your time,
[your name, address, and school district]