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.
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.
Local governments have an important role to play in making clean transportation a reality. Every day, local governments make decisions about municipal purchasing, the use of public streets and parking garages, planning and zoning, and other issues that can either make it easier or more difficult for their residents to own an EV. By using a set of key tools to encourage EV adoption, local governments can help clean up the air in their communities and take meaningful action against global warming.
Charge Local: A Guide to Installing EV Charging Stations for Municipalities provides in depth information for municipalities looking to install charging stations. It offers details on which types of charging stations to consider, state grants to offset the cost of the charging stations, how to reform your town’s zoning, codes, and permitting, updating signage to properly mark EV parking spaces, and more. This guide then ends with case studies from three towns in Morris County that have already installed numerous charging stations and the tips and lessons learned from those who’ve already gone through the process.
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