Contact: Jared White, email@example.com, (406) 579-8943
LIVINGSTON, MT—Moms Clean Air Force is partnering with the electric school bus manufacturer Lion Electric in Montana to demonstrate the health benefits of electrifying the state’s fleet of school buses.
It’s part of a nationwide push to upgrade old school buses with better technology to reduce children’s exposure to harmful school bus diesel exhaust. In Montana, funding for electrification of school buses will be available from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality later this year.
Members of the Montana media are invited to join Moms Clean Air Force, the Montana Environmental Information Center, local officials, students, and parents in Livingston, Montana, this Friday morning to learn more about the benefits of this exciting technology. To RSVP please contact the above-mentioned media contact.
WHAT: Electric School Bus Tour with teachers, students, clean-air advocates, elected leaders, and other community members. The general public is also invited. The electric school bus manufacturer, Lion Electric, will provide tours of the inside of the bus, short rides in the parking lot, and opportunities for school officials to test-drive the electric bus.
WHEN: Friday, June 25, from 9:30AM until 12:30PM MDT
WHERE: Park High School Oval, 102 View Vista Drive, Livingston, MT 59047
WHO: The Montana chapter of Moms Clean Air Force is co-organizing an electric school bus “ride-n-drive event” in Livingston with Lion Electric. Additional participants include:
- Bill Berg, Park County Commissioner
- Michelle Uberuaga, Montana Field Organizer for Moms Clean Air Force
- Malinda Sandhu, Lion Electric
- “Educatio” student group
- Stella Davis, Anneka Coleman, and Severn Sienkewicz, student interns at Park County Environmental Council and members of Park High Green Initiative
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
For the safety of all participants, anyone not vaccinated will be asked to wear a mask aboard the bus. For general safety, youth and student groups will not drive beyond the school campus.
With plans underway to clean up and invest in a once-in-a-generation infrastructure package as part of the American Jobs Plan, Americans—including more than 1 million members of Moms Clean Air Force—support the electrification of our nation’s fleet of iconic yellow school buses as part of this infrastructure package. Electrification of buses, cars, and trucks is critical to solving the climate crisis, given that transportation is the largest source of global-warming pollution in our country. Electrifying our nation’s school bus fleet also eliminates noise pollution in communities around schools, and cleans up the air for children, student athletes, and drivers inside school buses, where they can be exposed to harmful pollution from diesel engines at levels 5–10 times higher than outside the bus. Montana youth and bus drivers spend hours on buses traveling across the state for sporting events.
Event b-roll, filmed interviews, and photographs will be available upon request.