Most of America’s school and transit buses run on diesel, a highly-polluting fuel, but there is a better option. All-electric buses are here, and they’re cleaner, healthier and save money for transit agencies, school districts and bus contractors to run in the long-term.
More than 200 mayors representing cities in every U.S. state have signed on to Environment America Research & Policy Center’s “Mayors for Solar Energy” letter, embracing a collective vision for solar-powered communities.
For the second year in a row, people who live near the U.S. Capitol are using a creative method to ask one of their neighbors, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to better protect public lands. Nearly 150 Capitol Hill residents have put up lawn signs imploring Secretary Zinke to “Get With the Program” and save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
The window of opportunity is quickly shrinking to take bold action to slow global warming. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s most recent report, we have 12 years -- at most -- to drastically reduce pollution that is warming our atmosphere, and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. In other words, we have until today’s first graders graduate high school to ensure a livable climate for future generations.
Getting rid of that black cloud of exhaust behind our buses, and the negative health and environmental effects that come along with it, is easier than it may seem. According to a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research and Policy Center, electric buses are not only cleaner and healthier than diesel buses, but transit agencies and school districts have many affordable options at their disposal to adopt them.
Health experts estimate that 24 million children are at risk of losing IQ points from even low levels of lead exposure. After widespread lead contamination was found in schools’ drinking water, Environment America Research & Policy Center released a new toolkit to help “Get the Lead Out.” The information in this toolkit can help parents, teachers and schools protect students during the Centers for Disease Control’s “National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week” and throughout the year.
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