June 19th – Pittsburgh Healthy School Bus Fund launched
School buses remain the safest method of transporting pupils to school, however, pre-2007 model buses can emit diesel pollution from the engine tailpipe and crankcase that exposes passengers and others to pollutants that impede respiratory systems, cause asthma attacks, and have been linked to a wide variety of other adverse health effects including heart attacks, strokes, cancer and premature death, including crib death in infants. The opportunity exists now to reduce diesel emissions from these buses by at least 85% by using the same emission control technology that is cleaning up new buses. Rather than waiting a long time for the buses to be replaced by cleaner 2007 or later models, reducing diesel emissions now from school buses will have health benefits for one of our most vulnerable populations, school children.
To promote this solution, the Clean Air Task Force, Clean Water Action, the Group Against Smog and Pollution and the Heinz Endowments, announce the establishment of the Pittsburgh Healthy School Bus Fund to retrofit school buses. The Heinz Endowments has made this program possible by providing $500,000 in initial funds. The expectation is that a combination of public and private grants will make substantial additional funding available.
In order to receive funds for school bus retrofits, vendors and school bus owners may begin the process by submitting a Reservation form to MJ Bradley, and may receive funds once work is completed by submitting a Rebate Payment form. Details of the process can be found by reading the Overview document and the FAQ document. Thank you for your interest.