Transitioning to electric school buses would provide numerous benefits to communities and the environment, including improving children’s health and reducing air and noise pollution, as well as reducing the disproportionate burden that this pollution places on underserved communities.[iii]Electric school buses have the potential to bring even greater benefits if they are equipped with technology that allows them to deliver power to buildings and back to the grid. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology enables electric school buses to provide stability, capacity and emergency power to the grid when needed, and potentially to earn revenue for school districts for providing these and other services. Policy-makers, utilities, school districts and transport operators should work to unlock these benefits through creative public policies and partnerships.
NJDOT is not in compliance with Executive Order 274 (“EO 274”)[i] which directs all State agencies to develop strategies to accomplish New Jersey’s policy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (“GHGs”) by 50% below 2006 levels by 2030, the 50 x 30 Goal. Reducing GHGs in the transportation sector is crucial to accomplishing the 50 x 30 Goal. Vehicles account for 40.6% of the State’s net GHG emissions, making it the highest GHG source in the State.[ii]
Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act and Clean Water Act, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, PennFuture, Clean Air Council, Environment New Jersey, and PennEnvironment petition the U.S. EPA to engage in rulemaking to revise the water quality standards for Zones 3, 4, and River Miles 78.8 to 70.0 of Zone 5 of the Delaware River Estuary. Petitioners request EPA to issue a rule that revises the designated uses for the subject zones to include: 1) maintenance and propagation of resident fish and other aquatic life; and 2) spawning and nursery habitat for anadromous fish (collectively “propagation”). To protect the “propagation” use, the EPA must also upgrade the dissolved oxygen (“D.O.”) criteria for the subject zones to at least 6.3 mg/L.
Our children need safe drinking water — especially at school. Unfortunately, lead has been contaminating drinking water at schools in New Jersey and across the country. Our research found this contamination has been particularly pervasive in Atlantic County, with lead detected in 92% of schools in the county that provided testing data. Forty-five percent of the faucets and fountains tested in Pleasantville and Galloway Township schools had lead in their water. Fortunately, Atlantic County schools can prevent lead contamination and promote healthy hydration for our kids.
Following years of rollbacks, President Joe Biden began his term nearly a year ago amidst unprecedented environmental and public health challenges. Despite these obstacles, his administration has made significant strides toward restoring lost environmental protections and confronting daunting threats to our climate and public health, according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
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