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Upcoming Events Related to Clean School Bus Program

The list of events below includes presentations or activities related to the Clean School Bus Program. EPA does not endorse events that are not organized by EPA. The events listed below are not intended to be a comprehensive listing of Clean School Bus Program related events.


Listening Session: $5 Billion Available from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Clean School Bus Program

EPA will host a listening session about the Clean School Bus Program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This program will offer $5 billion over five years to replace older school buses with clean school buses that are zero-emission or use alternative fuels. Eligible recipients for funding through this new program include: state and local governments, certain contractors, nonprofit school transportation associations, and Tribes, Tribal organizations or Tribally-controlled schools. EPA will provide an overview of the legislation and seeks input from stakeholders on developing a successful program to achieve nationwide deployment of clean and zero-emission school buses. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to speak for up to two minutes to provide feedback. Depending on participation, not every attendee may have time to speak, but interested parties may also submit suggestions about program implementation to cleanschoolbus@epa.gov.

The session was held on Wednesday, December 15, 12:00-1:30 pm PT. Recordings and presentation materials are now available.


2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal and Insular Area Grants Request for Applications – CLOSED

On April 14th, EPA announced its FY21 DERA Tribal and Insular Areas RFA . EPA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding for tribal and certain insular area governments to implement projects which reduce emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. A total of $4.5 million will be made available to tribal governments, or intertribal consortia, and Alaska Native villages; and $500,000 will be made available to insular area governments including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Funds may be used to upgrade and replace older, dirtier diesel-powered vehicles and equipment with newer, cleaner vehicles and technologies.

No mandatory cost sharing funds are required under this competition. Although cost sharing is not required, applicants may propose to provide voluntary cost to improve the environmental outputs and outcomes of the project.

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Friday, July 9, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

Informational webinars will be held on the following dates and times:

For the latest information and access to these webinars, please visit EPA's DERA Tribal and Insular Areas Grants webpage.

To learn more about previously funded DERA Tribal grants, visit the EPA's West Coast Collaborative's Projects site and search by "Funding Program."

To be notified of future funding opportunities and events, sign-up to receive EPA's West Coast Collaborative's email updates.


Webinar: EPA Community-Port Collaboration Resources to Address Diesel Pollution

Join this webinar to learn about EPA resources to support collaboration between communities and ports to address diesel emissions. Available resources include tools, training materials, lessons learned from real-world experiences, and Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants funding for communities (available through May 7).

Webinar Details

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT

Registration is Closed

If you would like Spanish interpretation during the webinar, please contact talkaboutports@epa.gov by April 2.

Attend this Webinar to Learn More About

Near-port communities that bear the brunt of air pollution from diesel engines are often comprised of low-income populations and people of color. EPA's Environmental Justice and Ports Initiative programs have partnered to support effective and meaningful engagement between communities, the port industry, and other port stakeholders to improve air quality and health outcomes for disadvantaged communities.

Questions?

For questions about this webinar or EPA's Ports Initiative, please contact talkaboutports@epa.gov or Rob Schweinfurth at schweinfurth.rob@epa.gov.


2021 Environmental Justice Small Grants: Opportunity for Communities Living Near Port and Rail Facilities - CLOSED

EPA's Ports Initiative is pleased to share news that funding is available for approximately six Environmental Justice Small Grant (EJSG) projects that address clean air issues at coastal and inland ports or rail yards. A maximum of $50,000 is available for each one-year project. This funding opportunity is part of a larger EJSG Request for Applications (RFA). Applications must be submitted by May 7, 2021. The EJSG Program, established in 1994, awards grants to projects designed to develop strategies that address local environmental and public health issues, build consensus in the community, and set community priorities.

Applying organizations should have a direct connection to underserved communities impacted by environmental harms and risks. Community-driven projects include activities where community residents and/or representatives are integrally involved in the thinking behind and execution of those activities.

For more information, please visit: 2021 Environmental Justice Small Grants: Opportunity for Communities Living Near Port and Rail Facilities

2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Request for Applications - CLOSED

On January 14th, EPA announced its FY21 DERA National RFA. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in competitive grant funding under the DERA National Grants Program. The program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

For more information, please visit EPA's DERA National Grants webpage.


Green Transportation Summit & Expo and West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting

The Green Transportation Summit & Expo and the US EPA West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting has been postponed to August 16-18, 2021 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, WA. This Partners Meeting is in collaboration with the Green Transportation Summit and Expo and will take place in Tacoma, WA. You can find details (including complimentary registration using the promotional code "WCCPMA”) and future announcements about the program on the event website as well as on our Partner Meetings page.


2020 Tribal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Request for Applications (RFA) - CLOSED

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications from eligible Tribal applicants until Thursday, July, 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) for projects that reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from existing engines and equipment. EPA anticipates $2 million will be awarded to Tribal applicants across the country.


2020 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Request for Applications – CLOSED

On December 9th, EPA announced its FY20 DERA National RFA. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in competitive grant funding under the DERA National Grants Program. The program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

For more information, please visit EPA's Clean Diesel National Grants.


2019 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Recipients Announced in Region 10

U.S. EPA's West Coast Collaborative (WCC) has awarded $5.6 million in DERA grant funding to recipients in EPA Region 10 states, territories and tribal communities. These funds provide support for clean diesel projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Newer diesel engines operate more cleanly than in the past, but many older diesel engines that emit far more air pollution are still on the road. Diesel emissions contain numerous pollutants – including soot, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide – that adversely affect cardiovascular and respiratory health.

To view this 2019 WCC DERA press release, please click visit: www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-56-million-grants-reduce-diesel-pollution

For more information on these newly funded projects, go to our projects page and sort the interactive table by Fiscal Year 2019.


2019 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Recipients Announced in Region 9

U.S. EPA's West Coast Collaborative (WCC) has awarded over $14 million in DERA grant funding to recipients in EPA Region 9 states, territories and tribal communities. These funds will go towards projects that reduce diesel emissions from large diesel emission sources, such as trucks, buses, agriculture and port equipment. The month of October is Children’s Health Month, and these DERA grants are a resource that states, territories, tribes and local partners can use to reduce diesel emissions and protect our nation’s children. To view the 2019 WCC DERA press releases, please click the following: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands of American Samoa and Guam.

For more information on these newly funded projects, go to our projects page and sort the interactive table by Fiscal Year 2019.


U.S. EPA Announces 2019 School Bus Rebate Program - CLOSED

On September 30th, EPA announced the availability of approximately $10 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding to assist in replacing old diesel school buses with new school buses meeting the cleanest emission standards. For a summary of eligibility and important dates, please view this associated flyer (PDF) or visit EPA's School Bus Rebates: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).

EPA will accept applications from September 30, to October 30, 2019.


2018 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Recipients Announced in Region 9

U.S. EPA's West Coast Collaborative (WCC) has awarded $11 million in DERA grant funding to recipients in EPA Region 9 states and territories. These funds will go towards projects that reduce diesel emissions from large diesel emission sources, such as trucks, buses, agriculture and port equipment. To view the 2018 WCC DERA press releases, please click the following: American Samoa, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

For more information on these newly funded projects, go to our projects page and sort the interactive table by Fiscal Year 2018.


U.S. EPA Announces Recipients of 2018 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebates

The West Coast Collaborative (WCC) has awarded $325,000 in DERA rebate funding to school districts and school bus fleets in EPA Region 9 states. These funds will help replace older school buses with 2017 or newer vehicles. To view the 2018 WCC DERA press releases, please click the following: Arizona, California, and Hawaii.

For more information on these newly funded projects please visit the Clean Diesel website.


U.S. EPA Announces Release of FY19 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Clean Diesel Request for Applications (RFA) - CLOSED

On December 20th, 2018, EPA announced its FY19 DERA National RFA. Approximately $40 million is available nationally for projects that reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines. The RFA closed on March 26, 2019.


2018 NorCal Clean Technology Forum & Expo and West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting

The 2018 WCC Partners Meeting took place at the McClellan center in Sacramento, CA on October 16-18th! This Partners Meeting was in collaboration with the NorCal Clean Cities Coalition and the Green Transportation Summit and Expo. You can find details including the final program, presentation slides, and photos on the event website (no longer available) and the Partner Meetings page.


2018 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Recipients Announced in Region 9

U.S. EPA's West Coast Collaborative (WCC) has awarded $11 million in DERA grant funding to recipients in EPA Region 9 states and territories. These funds will go towards projects that reduce diesel emissions from large diesel emission sources, such as trucks, buses, agriculture and port equipment. To view the 2018 WCC DERA press releases, please click the following: American Samoa, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

For more information on these newly funded projects, go to our projects page and sort the interactive table by Fiscal Year 2018.


U.S. EPA Announces 2018 School Bus Replacement Rebate Application Period - CLOSED

On October 1st, EPA announced the availability of approximately $9 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding to assist in replacing old diesel school buses with new school buses meeting the cleanest emission standards. For a summary of eligibility and important dates, please view this associated flyer (PDF) or visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates.

EPA will accept applications from October 1 to November 6, 2018 and an informational webinar will take place October 11, 2018


U.S. EPA Announces Release of FY18 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Clean Diesel Request for Proposals (RFP) - CLOSED

On April 24th, EPA announced its FY18 DERA National RFP. Funding is available nationally for projects that reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines. The closing date for the RFP is June 12, 2018.


Date for the 2018 West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting Announced

The 2018 WCC Partners Meeting will take place in Sacramento, CA on October 16-18. This Partners Meeting ins in collaboration with the NorCal Clean Cities Coalition and the Green Transportation Summit and Expo. Details will be posted on the Partner Meetings page.


2017 Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Recipients Announced

U.S. EPA's West Coast Collaborative (WCC) has awarded nearly $12.5 million in DERA grant funding to 19 recipients in EPA Region 9 and 10 states and territories, leveraging over $30 million from public and private partners. These funds will go towards projects that reduce diesel emissions from large diesel emission sources, such as trucks, buses, agriculture and port equipment.

To view the 2017 WCC DERA press releases, please click the following: American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. A combined press release for Region 10's state DERA grants was also issued and can be found here.

For more information on these newly funded projects, go to our projects page and sort the interactive table by Fiscal Year 2017.


U.S. EPA Announces Release of 2017 Tribal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Request for Proposals (RFP) – CLOSED

On October 5th, EPA opened the 2017 Tribal RFP for Clean Diesel DERA funding. Proposals will be accepted from eligible Tribal applicants until Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) for projects that reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from existing engines and equipment. EPA anticipates $1.5 million will be awarded to Tribal applicants by Spring/Summer of 2018.

A webinar for applicants was held on Tuesday October 24, 2017.


U.S. EPA Announces 2017 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Rebate Application Period – CLOSED

On September 28th, EPA announced the availability of approximately $7 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding to assist in retrofitting or replacing old diesel school buses, of which up to $1 million is available for funding retrofits. For a summary of eligibility and important dates, please view this associated flyer (PDF) or visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/school-bus-rebates-diesel-emissions-reduction-act-dera.

EPA will accept applications from September 28 to November 14, 2017 and an informational webinar will take place October 5, 2017.

Alaska and Washington Tribes Awarded $512,949 in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Funding

On June 29, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced two awards totaling $512,949 in DERA funds to federally recognized tribes in Alaska and Washington. The Chalkyitsik Village Council in northeast Alaska and the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation in Washington will use these funds to implement projects that reduce harmful diesel emissions from stationary generators and marine vessels respectively.


Arizona and California Tribes Awarded More than $320,000 in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Funding

On June 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced two awards totaling $321,458 in DERA funds to the Gila River Indian Community, near Phoenix, and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, near Los Angeles. These grants will fund replacement vehicles for these tribes to reduce harmful diesel emissions from trucks and school buses.


U.S. EPA Announces Release of FY17 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Clean Diesel Request for Proposals (RFP)

On April 18, EPA announced its FY17 DERA National RFP. Funding is available nationally for projects that reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines. The closing date for the RFP is July 5, 2017.


2016 Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) School Bus Rebates are Selected for Funding

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that the 2016 School Bus Rebate Program has awarded more than $7.7 million to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses. Buses that are replaced will be taken out of use and scrapped. The funds will be distributed to 88 school bus fleets in 27 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The new and retrofitted buses will reduce air pollution that can contribute to significant health problems (including premature mortality, increased hospital admissions for heart and lung disease, increased cancer risk, and increased respiratory symptoms) especially for children, the elderly, outdoor workers, and other sensitive populations. Selections include projects in the following West Coast states: Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.


2016 Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grant Recipients Announced

EPA's West Coast Collaborative has awarded $6,329,500 in DERA grant funds to 10 recipients in EPA Region 9 states, leveraging $17,371,125 million from public and private partners. EPA Region 10 awarded $3,579,013 to eight recipients in EPA Region 10 states, leveraging $4,542,237 million from public and private partners.

For more information on the specific projects, go to our projects page.


2016 West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting

The 2016 West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting, in collaboration with the Green Transportation Summit and Expo, was held on April 5-6, 2016 at the Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington.


EPA Funds Cleaner Diesel Equipment for Gila River Farms & Holds Clean Diesel Workshops in Arizona

EPA West Coast Collaborative awards a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant for cleaner diesel equipment at the Gila River Indian Community, a Making a Visible Difference Community, and co-hosts clean diesel workshops aimed at raising awareness of the air quality and human health benefits of clean diesel technologies and best practices, as well as available funding resources.


EPA Announces 2015 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Grant Recipients in Western States

EPA's Pacific Southwest and Pacific Northwest Regions awarded over $5 million for DERA projects to reduce emissions in Western States.

DERA grants awarded in American Samoa, California, Hawaii, and Nevada:

DERA grants awarded in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (press release):


EPA Announces 2015 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Rebate Program - CLOSED October 30, 2015

On September 28th, EPA announced (press release) the availability of approximately $7 million in DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) funding for rebates to retrofit or replace older school buses operated by public school districts/agencies and private school bus fleets currently contracted with public school systems. Owners of model year 2006 or older buses can apply for funding for up to 10 buses for replacement and up to 10 buses for retrofit with a diesel oxidation catalyst plus closed crankcase ventilation system (DOC plus CCV). Fleets with over 101 buses currently in operation may submit two applications.

For buses with engine model years1994 to 2006, the program will cover up to $3,000 per bus retrofitted with a DOC plus CCV system. For buses powered by model year 2006 or older engines, the program will provide between $15,000 and $25,000 toward each bus replacement. EPA will accept applcations from September 28 to October 30, 2015.

To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility and selection process, and informational webinar dates, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/school-bus-rebates-diesel-emissions-reduction-act-dera


WCC Goods Movement Webinar, June 2, 2015

Thank you to the presenters and participants in the WCC Goods Movement sector webinar held on June 2, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Francisco Dóñez, Ph.D., Ports and Marine and Locomotive Sector Lead, at (213) 244-1834, or by email at donez.francisco@epa.gov.


EPA Announces Release of FY15 DERA National Clean Diesel RFP - CLOSED JUNE 15. 2015

On April 30th, EPA announced its FY15 DERA National RFP (PDF) for $13.5M in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding.Funding is available nationally for projects that reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines. The closing date for the RFP is June 15, 2015. For additional information, including links to the RFP, FAQs, and information sessions please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants.

On May 14th, EPA announced the FY15 Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. A total of $1 million is available to tribal agencies and intertribal consortia for clean diesel projects. The close date for this RFP is July 15, 2015. For a copy of the RFP and links to the information sessions, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgtribal.htm.


EPA Awards $1.3 Million DERA Grant to the Port of Los Angeles

The West Coast Collaborative Partner, Port of Los Angeles, is using the DERA grant to fund the replacement of an older diesel cargo crane with a new, zero-emission electric-drive crane. Los Angeles is one of four U.S. ports receiving a total of $5 million for projects aimed at significantly reducing diesel emissions and improving air quality, particularly for communities near port operations. “Forty percent of the nation’s total imports come through the San Pedro Bay ports,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Replacing cargo equipment with zero emissions alternatives will not only help overall air quality in Southern California, but directly benefit fence-line communities living near the port.”


EPA announces DERA grant to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)

The EPA West Coast Collaborative announces a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to replace heavy-duty diesel short-haul drayage trucks and retrofit cargo handling equipment. This project will be implemented using $1,500,000 in DERA grant funding combined with $1,371,000 in matching funds from participating trucking fleets, and will result in reductions of 338 tons of nitrogen oxides, 15 tons of particulate matter, including black carbon, which influences climate by directly absorbing light, reducing the reflectivity ("albedo") of snow and ice through deposition, and interacting with clouds.


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