Maryland LCV Celebrates Montgomery County’s Award for Electric School Buses, Urges Acceleration of Fleet Electrification

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) is proud to congratulate Montgomery County and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) on receiving $4.7 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program. This substantial grant, part of a broader nationwide initiative, will fund the purchase of 50 electric school buses, helping to improve air quality and public health while advancing environmental justice. 

“We are excited to see MCPSs has been given the resources to transition to a cleaner, healthier future for our students. Electric school buses are not only environmentally responsible, but they also protect our children and our families from the harmful effects of diesel emissions, which are linked to asthma and other health issues,” said Ramon Palencia-Calvo, Deputy Executive Director for Maryland LCV. “We hope this grant will fuel the drive to further electrify the county’s bus system and reverse a decision this past fall to purchase diesel school buses over electric buses.”

MCPS has regularly led by example in actions to safeguard our environment and reverse the effects of climate change. However, Maryland LCV recognizes the need for continued momentum in electrifying the county’s entire school bus fleet, and urges MCPS to build on this success and reverse the recent decision to purchase diesel buses. It is crucial that we fully embrace the opportunities provided by electric transportation, not only for the environment, but for the health and well-being of our children and communities.

MCPS has a unique opportunity to be a model for the state and the nation in sustainable school transportation. Maryland LCV is committed to support the county and the state in this transition and will continue to advocate for policies and initiatives that prioritize our children’s health, especially those in underserved communities and overburdened by pollution.

The EPA’s grant award announcement for MCPSy can be read here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-announces-least-47-million-awards-clean-school-buses

For more information on Maryland LCV’s efforts and how you can get involved, visit www.mdlcv.org/mcps-buses