The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is rolling out zero-emission transportation options in its Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project. As early as this spring, schools will see small-scale initiatives put into action, like zero-emissions staff vanpools and workforce training to teach students how to repair and maintain the vehicles, as well as school curricula to teach students how EV technology works.
Over the next two years, large-scale projects, such as vehicle-to-grid charging infrastructures, will be implemented throughout the districts.
The school districts of El Monte, San Diego Unified School District and Stockton each received grants ranging from 4.8 to 9.8 million dollars.
Grantees represent densely populated, underserved districts where residents are routinely exposed to higher levels of pollutants, but are typically afforded fewer healthcare resources. CARB will use the knowledge gained from these communities to continue to develop blueprints for similar projects around the state.
“This project addresses the need to do more – beyond cleaning up school buses – to reduce exposure to harmful air pollution” said Richard Corey, CARB Executive Officer, “These projects will set up the schools to address climate change, reduce air pollution, and lead the next generation in learning about and using clean mobility options.”