Clean Transportation

Campaign Spotlight

Minnesota students deserve to breathe clean air, and we have a unique opportunity to make it happen! Thanks to federal funding, it’s easier than ever to get FREE electric buses in our school districts. Learn more about how to get electric school buses in your district!

Last year, Minnesota only gained 4 electric school buses in the first round of federal funding — even South Dakota doubled us in the number of electric school buses they received! We have a lot of catching up to do – and it’s time to show our neighboring states that Minnesota prioritizes our students’ health.

Help us triple the number of electric school buses we receive for 2023 by joining our team – just fill out the form the bottom of this page.

What We Do

MN350 is a member of the Coalition for Clean Transportation. Launched in 2018, the Coalition is committed to the belief that climate action requires advancing proactive solutions and industry-wide shifts towards cleaner, healthier alternatives. We’re organizing everyday Minnesotans and communities for clean air, a stable climate, and a just economic transition from our dirty fuel economy.

And we’re already winning:

  • In 2022 we engaged with 30 school districts and gained 10 commitments from schools to apply to the EPA’s 2022 Clean School Bus Program.
  • We pushed Gov. Walz to bring the Clean Car Standards to Minnesota, which requires car companies to start the shift away from fossil fuel cars, and bring zero-emission vehicles to our state at a price people can afford.
  • With bus riders united, we successfully lobbied Metro Transit in the Twin Cities to shift to a zero-emission bus fleet. Other government agencies are planning fleet transitions, as well.

Why It Matters

Air pollution caused by vehicles is the United States’ biggest single contributor to global warming. It’s responsible for up to an estimated 4,000 annual deaths in the Twin Cities alone, and disproportionately affects the young, old, low-income, and communities of color. 

Replacing all of America’s school buses with electric buses could avoid an average of 5.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year which – the equivalent of taking about a million cars off the road.  Investing in clean technology can save us money, and the health and climate benefits are enormous.

Get Involved

 

Thanks to the work of ordinary people like you, Minnesotans are buying in to a Clean Transportation future, to save money on fuel, end toxic air pollution, and combat climate change for future generations.

If you’re interested in joining us, you can sign up using the form below! Additionally, you can join us at one of our regular transportation team meetings, featured on our event page, or you can directly email organizer Sonita van der Leeuw with further questions.