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EGLE director joins EPA regional administrator to celebrate new electric school buses in Pellston
September 13, 2023
Phil Roos, director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), joined Debra Shore, Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and others in Pellston last week to highlight the Pellston School District’s new electric school buses.
EGLE Director Phil Roos and others with the Pellston School District's new electric school bus with the Mackinac Bridge in the background.
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Pellston School District was awarded $1.6 million for new electric buses. Funding came from the federal Clean School Bus Program, which included $5 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure law.
The school district was able to replace almost its entire school bus fleet with electric models under the program.
The EPA Clean School Bus program builds on Michigan’s reputation for having one of the nation’s most ambitious and successful clean school bus programs –effectively using $54 million in federal funding to bring 138 cleaner, greener buses to 25 school districts across the state while securing $125 million in state funding for future opportunities.
During the first round of EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, Michigan was ranked 2nd nationally with the most districts selected (25) and 4th nationally with regards to total funding received (behind New York, California, and South Carolina.
And thanks to the work of the Michigan It’s Electric! Coalition partners, who were not only regional but national leaders in providing outreach and assistance to EPA and school districts, 15% of the total awarded rebate funds for 2022 have come to the Great Lakes region.
State funding will prioritize low income and rural school districts, school districts in areas most affected by air pollution, and other environmental justice factors and the funding will complement the $54 million in rebate awards received by 25 Michigan school districts through the first round of EPA’s Clean School Bus Program to purchase up to 138 clean school buses.
The EPA event featured an informal meet-and-greet with students; a meeting with Michigan Clean School Bus Coalition representatives; three campus mini-tours led by the school superintendent and students; raising the first air quality flag as Pellston joins EPA’s program, and a bus ride to the Mackinac Bridge.