Colorado Takes Another Big Step Toward Carbon Neutrality By Electrifying School Buses

Follow along as we explain Colorado’s recent announcement—the delivery of $65 million in funds for schools in the Centennial state to start switching to electric school buses.
Written by Jason Crosby
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jun 20, 2022
In a major move by Colorado’s governor, Jared Polis, the Centennial state has decided to put some major money toward
electric vehicles
: school buses for districts across Colorado. It’s a step in the right direction, one that could help save the planet—and lives. 
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Colorado designates $65 million toward electric school buses 

Governor Jared Polis recently signed SB-193, as
Electrek
explains—an air quality bill that intends to help make school districts more energy-efficient. This will enable school officials to partner with the Colorado state government in order to get access to a total of $65 million in grant money for electric school buses. 
Colorado
isn’t the only state looking to electrify its buses—Nevada and New York aren’t far behind. But so far, Colorado seems to be making noticeably more progress. Nevada doesn’t plan to use a completely electric bus fleet until 2050, and New York won’t be using electric school buses until 2035. 

Electric school buses are safer for children

As Electrek points out, gas-powered buses are responsible for exposing millions of kids to carbon emissions, which can cause a wide variety of health issues, especially for kids. Because their young, growing bodies have vulnerable immune systems, being exposed to pollution during such an important developmental period of life can be particularly harmful. 
Exposure to these harmful fumes occurs when they enter and exit buses, and when buses idle outside of schools. It’s even estimated that pollution causes around 2 million new cases of asthma in kids per year. 

Why aren’t other states using electric school buses?

Unless a school district has access to grant money, like in Colorado’s case, or is particularly wealthy, it’s expensive to purchase a fleet of buses. And as Eletrek points out, it’s hard to justify replacing diesel-powered buses if they aren’t ready to be decommissioned. 
Thankfully, the Biden Administration has made $500 million in funds available for schools across the country as part of the Clean School Bus Program. Change is on the way, and hopefully, more school districts nationwide are able to access the funds in order to convert to electric school buses. 

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