The new Clean School Bus Program under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will run between 2022 and 2026, and the EPA will cover up to 100% of the costs of replacing existing diesel school buses as well as charging or fueling infrastructure. The new law, which is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Job Act, is set to make a large investment in electric school buses (ESBs), and has appropriated $5 billion to help schools adopt zero- or low-emission school buses. The new law includes both ESBs and alternative fuel vehicles.
This investment by the federal government could also provide more jobs. States will play a critical role in assisting with the upfront conversion costs as ESBs cost more than three times their diesel counterparts. Currently, New York State has committed to 102 ESBs, which is a start but certainly won’t make much of an impact on Long Island.
Diesel buses are a source of vehicle-based air pollution and students are the most impacted. The new program is a start to reducing the amount of air pollution and improving our environment.
Want to apply? The EPA plans to begin accepting applications for the Clean School Bus Program in late April 2022.
Shari Diamond, CIA
Shari has been with Cerini & Associates, LLP since 2008 where she works primarily with the firm’s school district clients providing internal audit and claims audit services. She has over twenty years’ experience performing internal audits, risk assessments, and compliance reviews, as well as recommending processes to strengthen the internal controls environment while increasing efficiencies. Her prior experience at PWC and Northrop Grumman included performing Information Technology audits.