Beaverton School District receiving $20M grant for new electric buses

Beaverton School District receiving $20M grant for new electric buses

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The Beaverton School District has been selected to receive a $20 million grant by the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2023 Clean School Bus Grant Program.

A representative with the BSD says the grant will help fund the replacement of 50 diesel-powered school buses with zero-emission electric buses. They say the switch to zero-emission buses have many benefits including fewer negative health impacts, less noise pollution, reduction in maintenance costs, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Craig Beaver, the Administrator for Transportation, says he is grateful for the opportunity to work with EPA to help push others in the Pacific Northwest to make the switch.

“It is an honor to be entrusted with an award of this magnitude, and we look forward to working with EPA, Portland General Electric and our school bus providers to deploy these 50 buses in the service of our students, especially those in historically underserved areas, as well as the broader community who stand to benefit from the reductions in emissions and noise pollution,” Beaver said.

In 2021, BSD was the first school district in Oregon to use a electric school bus. Since then, the district says they are among those leading the country in the move from diesel-powered school buses to fully electric buses in hopes to decrease harmful pollutants contributing to global warming.

 

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