SCHUMER PROVIDES MORE THAN $50 MILLION TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN UPPER NEW YORK FOR THE PURCHASE OF MORE THAN 130 NEW CLEAN ELECTRIC BUSES THROUGH BIPartisan INFRASTRUCTURE AND EMPLOYMENT ACT; REDUCE POLLUTION, ACCELERATE THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE AND GIVE NORTHERN CHILDREN THE CLEAN RIDE THEY DESERVE

26.10.22

Thanks to Schumer spearheading the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, upstate school districts will now get a boost of more than $50 million to purchase a game modifying more than 130 new low- and low-power electric buses. zero emissions

Diesel exhaust from school buses not only pollutes the environment, but has also been linked to asthma in children; Now thousands of children will have a cleaner environment when they go to school

Schumer: Bipartisan Infrastructure Act Gives Green Light to Electric School Buses to Keep Kids Healthy and Communities Clean in Upstate New York

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that Upstate New York will receive more than $50 million in federal funding through the first cycle of the new Clean Schools program. Buses from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the purchase of more than 130 new electric school buses, a program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act, as the wheels of new electric school buses turn in circles, carbon emissions and pollution will continue to drop,” said Senator Schumer. “More than $50 million will boost our efforts to fight climate change and power more than 130 new electric buses to keep our air clean, children safe and upstate New York healthy. I’m proud to make this huge investment in environmental justice that will put our students on the path to a brighter future and a cleaner journey.

Schumer explained that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included $5 billion over five years (fiscal years 22-26) for the replacement of existing school buses with low- and zero-emission school buses and that this is the first round of grants under this program. Nationally, this first round of grants will add nearly 2,500 electric buses to the national fleet. Schumer said diesel exhaust from old fossil fuels is a major contributor to air quality problems in many communities and has been linked to poor health and asthma, especially in children. whose lungs are not yet fully developed. Now, communities that have been historically underserved in both urban and rural areas, who otherwise likely could not afford new buses, will benefit from using the newest, cleanest technologies available.

This funding also comes on the heels of Schumer passing the largest investment in history to fight climate change with the Inflation Reduction Act. This bill includes over $1 billion for clean buses, garbage trucks and other vehicles. Plus, tens of billions in investment and production tax credits to accelerate clean energy manufacturing in the U.S., and new clean vehicle tax credits to lower the upfront cost clean vehicles for individuals and families.

A complete list of upstate New York’s award-winning school districts appears below:

School district name

Total electric buses

Total Funds

Central Adirondack School District

3

$1,185,000.00

Alexandria Central School District

12

$3,660,000.00

Barker Central School District

12

$4,740,000.00

Chatham Central School District

5

$1,885,000.00

Downsville Central School District

1

$395,000.00

Duanesburg Central School District

1

$305,000.00

Fabius-Pompey Central School District

5

$1,975,000.00

Hartford Central School District

12

$4,740,000.00

Jordan-Elbridge Central School District

1

$395,000.00

Malone Central School District

4

$1,580,000.00

Marathon Central School District

3

$1,185,000.00

Monticello Central School District

1

$395,000.00

Naples Central School District

2

$790,000.00

Newfield Central School District

3

$1,185,000.00

Norwood-Norfolk Central School District

1

$395,000.00

Onteora Central School District

21

$8,295,000.00

Rondout Valley Central School District

25

$9,875,000.00

Salmon River Central School District

11

$4,345,000.00

Taconic Hills Central School District

ten

$3,950,000.00

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