West Coast Collaborative

2014 School Bus Replacement Rebate Program Now Open

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EPA is now accepting applications for the 2014 School Bus Replacement Rebate Program.  This funding opportunity will provide rebates toward the replacement of school buses powered by model year 2006 or older engines with new buses powered by a certified 2014 (or newer) model year engine or that operate solely on electricity.  The newer replacement buses may operate on diesel, battery or hybrid drive trains, or alternative fuels.

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local, or tribal agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, including school districts and municipalities.  Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with a public school district are also eligible to apply for funding.

Applications must be received by November 17, 2014.  EPA anticipates notifying selected applicants by December 2014.  For additional information, including copies of the program guide and application, please click here.

EPA announces $5 million in grant funding for projects to improve air quality at ports

EPA has released a $5 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) request for proposals (RFP) for clean diesel projects at marine and inland water ports located in areas of poor air quality. Port authorities and state or local government agencies with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality are eligible to apply. Community groups, terminal operators, shipping carriers and other related entities are encouraged to participate through partnerships with eligible applicants. Applicants may submit proposals that request up to $2 million for projects that reduce emissions from drayage trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and cargo handling equipment used in port operations. 

This RFP will close on December 11, 2014, at 4 pm EST. EPA will host informational webinars on October 7 and October 16. For additional information and to access a copy of the RFP, please click here

2014 West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting – September 4-5 in San Francisco

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The two-day 2014 West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting was held in San Francisco and covered a variety of topics including, diesel and greenhouse gas emission policies; clean technologies including diesel engines, low NOx engines, natural gas, and medium & heavy-duty electric vehicles; construction and non-road fleet experiences; community engagement; current and future funding and resources at local, state and federal levels; and sustainable goods movement strategies. For more information about the meeting, including meeting agenda and presentations, please click here.

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