The yellow school bus is an icon of American culture, shepherding thousands of children in Colorado to and from school, field trips, and sports competitions.

Unfortunately, for decades fossil fuel school buses have exposed kids to toxic emissions both inside when they ride and outside as they wait to board.

Following the passage and signing of SB22-193 in June 2022, Colorado became the leading state in awarded funds per capita to transition these buses from the current fossil fuel buses to cleaner, electric school buses. While California has since approved a massive USD1.5 billion in electric school bus funding as part of the FY23 budget, Colorado remains second nationally in both overall awarded funds and per capita funding.

Analysis by CoPIRG Foundation states that Colorado ranks second in the US for total public funding for transitioning to electric school buses and eleventh for the number of committed electric school buses. To build on its leadership and take advantage of additional funding opportunities, the Foundation offers recommendations to Colorado lawmakers, school districts, and utilities going forward.

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