Great news this week: Minnesota has retrofitted all its eligible school buses with cleaner diesel engine retrofits that reduce the pollution equivalent of 750,000 cars on the road each year. The “Project Green Fleet” effort is a public private partnership coordinated by the Minnesota Environmental Initiative and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. With this milestone met, the effort will now focus on reducing diesel emissions from heavy construction equipment.
The Sierra Club North Star Chapter partnered with students across the Twin Cities in 2001 to draw attention to school bus diesel emissions and the impacts on children’s health. Student leaders rallied at the Capitol, held press events, and partnered with then Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance to educate and provide resources to schools across the state. This effort was recognized by the National Governors Association and the US EPA, and helped launch efforts to reduce school bus diesel emissions in Minnesota and across the country.
To the student leaders who had the vision in 2001 and to those who’ve worked to make this milestone a reality, congratulations on this clean air victory!