Newport News, VA, Schools Awarded EPA Grant for Eco-Friendly Buses

EPA Boosts Newport News with Clean School Bus Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently unveiled the inaugural recipients of the Clean School Bus Program, with Newport News Public Schools in Newport News, VA, securing $525,000. This funding, announced on January 8, 2024, is part of a national initiative to promote eco-friendly school transportation. Newport News will utilize the grant to enhance its fleet with 15 propane-powered school buses.

Shay Coates, the Executive Director of Pupil Transportation at Newport News Public Schools, expressed pride in receiving the 2023 EPA Clean School Bus Program Grant. The shift to propane buses is a smart environmental move and a cost-effective strategy for the district, significantly cutting fuel and maintenance expenses.

The funding has garnered praise from Virginia’s political leaders. Congressman Bobby Scott applauded the district’s selection for the EPA grant, highlighting the importance of low and zero-emission buses in providing cleaner air for children during their commutes and in their communities. He emphasized their many benefits, ranging from green job creation to enhancing student health.

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner from Virginia also celebrated the achievement. Senator Kaine noted the impact of clean buses in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safeguarding the environment. Senator Warner echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the funding’s role in fostering a healthier future for students and the community.

This grant is a segment of a larger initiative under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enabling over 2,700 clean school buses to be purchased across various districts. The program’s extensive reach benefits 280 school districts in 37 states and serves more than 7 million students.

The EPA is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Clean School Bus Rebate Program, with January 31, 2024 being the deadline. This move marks a significant step towards more sustainable and health-conscious transportation in school systems nationwide.

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