January 27, 2022 


Colorado Electric School Bus Policy Roundtable 

Please join the Electrification Coalition (the EC) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) for the Colorado Electric School Bus (ESB) State Policy Roundtable on January 272022, 9:00 AM- 2:30 PM MT.  You will hear about the wide-ranging benefits of deploying ESBs on a mass scale across Colorado, learn where the market and technology are headed, and understand how you can play a part in the acceleration! This is your opportunity to gain the latest ESB information from leading players at the local, state, and national levels and share your ideas on how to rev up the action! 

You can register for Session 1 on Zoom.

Learn more about the speakers here.

Session 1 – Listening Sessions

ESB In CO: The Road Ahead – 9:00 AM – 1:50 PM (Lunch break from 12:00pm – 12:45pm)

Time Topic

Speaker – Click here for bios

9:00 – 9:15AM Welcome Message Aaron Viles 
Electrification Coalition 
9:15 – 9:30 AM Why We Need Big Yellow to Go Green  Justin Balik 
World Resources Institute
9:30 – 9:45 AM How ESBs Can Help Address Environmental and Health Injustices Ean Tafoya 
Colorado State Director, GreenLatinos
9:45 – 9:50 AM

How the Federal Government is Leading on the Transition: IIJA ESBs and Charging Infrastructure 

Senator Hickenlooper

9:50 – 10:00 AM EPA’s Clean School Bus Program 
Jason Wilcox 
Legacy Fleet Incentives and Assessment Center, US EPA Transportation & Climate Division
10:00 – 11:00 AM

The State of the State & the Vision for ESBs in Colorado 

Moderated by Mark Silberg, Special Advisor, Climate and Energy to Governor Jared Polis

Michael King
Colorado Department of Transportation

Christian Williss
Colorado Energy Office

Kay Kelly

Colorado Department of Transportation 

Steve Mccannon

Colorado Department of Health and Environment 

11:00 – 11:05 AM Remarks from Governor Jared Polis Governor Jared Polis 
11:05 – 11:50 AM Utility and School Board Panel

Landon Hilliard
Boulder Valley School District

Adam West
Denver Public School District

Casey Ungs
Steamboat Springs School District

Stacey Simms
Xcel Energy

Todd Hawkins
First Student

Joel Danforth 
United Power 

Dominic May 
Energy Resource Program Architect, La Plata Electric Association 

11:50 – 12:00 PM Views on ESBs from the Legislature 

Senator Steve Fenberg

Representative Alex Valdez

12:00 – 12:45 PM
Lunch Break
12:45 – 12:55 PM Video Case Study: ESBs in Zeeland   
12:55 – 1:50 PM

ESBs and the Private Sector – Corporate Concerns and Opportunities  

Moderator: Aaron Viles 
Campaigns Manager, Electrification Coalition 

Orville Thomas
Director of Government Relations, Lion Electric

Jackie Piero
VP of Policy, Nuvve Corp. 

Matt Stanberry
Managing Director, Highland Electric

Nick Bettis
Director of Business Development and Marketing, Lightning e-Motors  

Session 2 – Participatory Session

ESBs in CO: Accelerating Adoption – 1:50 PM – 2:30 PM

REGISTRATION: You must register here to attend this session. NOTE: This is a separate registration link from the morning session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To select a breakout room: When the breakout rooms are launched during the meeting, you will be able to select which group you would like to attend. You will be able to return to the main room at any time if you would like to be placed in a different group.

Time Topic Topic and Facilitator
1:50 – 2:20 PM Breakout session topics will be announced shortly  
Group 1 – Building media and visibility for action:
Alex Simon

Group 2 – School district implementation and operations:
Matt Lerman
Drive Clean Colorado

Group 3 – Equity, intersectionality, and community organizing: 
Patricia Ferrero
Group 4 – Policy support and gaps:
Travis Madsen
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
2:20 – 2:30 PM Closing remarks Electrification Coalition and World Resources Institute

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.