BOSTON — New England school districts are now eligible to apply for a share of $500 million toward the purchase of zero-emission school buses, which benefit the environment and children’s health, officials said Friday.
“These funds will make a real and lasting difference for everyone, especially children living in disadvantaged communities who are often the most vulnerable to the impacts of poor air quality and the effects of our changing climate,” said Janet McCabe, deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said at a news conference in Boston. “Investing in a new generation of school buses makes sense to protect people’s health, combat the climate crisis and improve air quality everywhere.”
The funding is the first round of money available from the $5 billion investment for low- and zero-emission school buses over five years secured through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
In addition to helping the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting health, low- and zero-emission buses will drive demand for American-made vehicles and batteries, drive domestic manufacturing and create jobs. of work.
Boston announced last month that it plans to replace its entire fleet of more than 700 buses with electric vehicles.
EPA is accepting applications through August 19.