Electrification Coalition: Allocating $125 Million for Clean School Buses, Michigan Lawmakers Invest in Students’ Health and Education

Contact: Noah Barnes, Electrification Coalition
noah@electrification.org, (202) 461-2371

Lansing, Mich.—Last night, the Michigan state legislature passed a K-12 state education budget that includes $125 million for school districts to modernize their bus fleets by transitioning to clean school buses, the vast majority of which are expected to be electric.

This announcement follows the groundwork laid in May by the Electrification Coalition (EC) and World Resources Institute (WRI), who convened Michigan lawmakers, agency officials, and representatives from school districts, electric utilities, corporations, and equity-focused groups to discuss the importance of deploying electric school buses at scale in Michigan. At the event, Governor Whitmer offered her clear support for a significant state investment in this important transition.

In response to the announcement, EC Director of Campaigns Aaron Viles released the following statement:

“With the passage of the K-12 state budget, Michigan lawmakers have sent a clear message that they are invested in our state’s educational future. We’re grateful for their leadership in creating a $125 million program to support the transition from dirty diesel to clean electric school buses. This is a big win for the state: Michigan’s kids will get a clean ride to school and school districts will free up fuel costs to invest in teachers, programs, and materials for better educational outcomes. In doing so, Michigan will also play a significant role in reducing the U.S.’s use of fossil fuels and increasing our national security. Thanks to the governor’s leadership and every lawmaker who worked hard to make this happen.”


About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes policies and actions to facilitate the widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale to overcome the economic, public health and national security challenges that stem from America’s dependence on oil. electrificationcoalition.org

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.