Climate change affects all of us, but it does not affect all of us equally. Low-income communities and communities of color are frequently the hardest hit by fossil fuel pollution and the negative impacts of the climate crisis.
In 2016, the Volkswagen settlement obligated the car manufacturer to pay billions in fines under the Clean Air Act, for selling diesel cars that cheated the US emissions test.
This means, right now CT is eligible for $51 million dollars to mitigate damages. The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (DEEP) is accepting a second round of public input as part of the mitigation plan.
CHISPA launched a Zero-Emissions School Buses Campaign to make sure the mitigation plan includes zero emission buses and curbed emissions affecting children and their families.
You can also get involved by texting "BUSES" to 877-877 and tell Governor Malloy to use allotted funds from this trust to retrofit or buy zero-emission school buses.
For more information click the links below:
The Yellow School Bus Needs a Green Makeover
City Lab | May 31, 2018
When John Wargo’s daughter was 12 years old, he started sending her off to school as any loving father would: He strapped her up to an air quality monitor, walked her to the school bus, and told her to measure the toxic diesel emissions she was bound to inhale.
Board of Education to Consider School Consolidations, Fleet of Electric School Buses
New Haven Register | April 21, 2018
NEW HAVEN — As Superintendent of Schools Carol Birks and the Board of Education turn their attention toward addressing the budget deficit of about $7 million for this current year and an even larger projected shortfall next year, school consolidations have entered the discussion.