Children running toward a school bus

May 10, 2023 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time 

Michigan Electric School Bus Policy Roundtable Agenda


Session 1 – Listening Sessions

ESB In MI: The Road Ahead – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Lunch break from 12:10pm – 12:20pm)

Time Topic

Speaker – Click here for speaker bios

10:00 – 10:05 AM Welcome Message Aaron Viles 
Electrification Coalition 
10:05 – 10:20 AM Why We Need Big Yellow to Go Green  Sue Gander  
World Resources Institute
10:20 – 10:25 AM Video remarks from the Governor

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

10:25 – 11:00 AM

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

Moderator: Aaron Viles, Electrification Coalition

Janine Ward, Program Manager, The State of Michigan, Office of Future Mobility and Electrification 

Cathy Cole, Director of Strategic Operations Division, Michigan Public Service Commission

Cory Connolly, Climate and Energy Advisor, Office of Climate and Energy (OCE), Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)

11:00-11:20 AM

How ESBs Can Help Address Environmental and Health Injustices

Moderator: Amaad Hardy, Director of Policy and Engagement – NAACP Grand Rapids

Nina Wimberley, Project Coordinator, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision

Kareem Scales, CEO & Founder of Scales Consulting, and Co-Chair C4

11:20 – 11:50 AM 

ESBs and the Private Sector – Corporate Concerns and Opportunities  

Moderator: Anne Blair, Electrification Coalition

Leah Brams, Market Development Associate, Highland Electric Fleets 

Dick Johnson, BorgWarner / Rhombus Energy Solutions

Mujeeb Ijaz, CEO, Our Next Energy

Nate Baguio, Senior Vice President of Commercial Development, The Lion Electric Co

11:50 – 12:00 PM

Video Remarks from U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell  

12:00 – 12:10 PM

Views on ESBs from the Legislature

State Representative Ranjeev Puri, 24th House District

12:10 – 12:20 PM

Lunch Break  
12:20 PM-12:30 PM Video Case Study: ESBs in Zeeland   
12:30-12:40 PM Clean School Bus Program

Francisco J. Acevedo, Mobile Source Program Manager, U.S. EPA – Region 5

12:40-12:50 PM Total Cost of Ownership Demonstration Michelle Levinson, Manager, eMobility Financial Solutions, Electric School Bus Initiative, World Resources Institute 

12:50-1:20 PM

Utility and School Board Panel

Moderator: Kindra Weid, RN, BSN, MPH, MI Air MI Health, Coalition Coordinator

Bethany Tabor, Product Manager, Electric Transportation Customer Products, Consumers Energy

Stephen C. Seelye, Superintendent, Pellston Public Schools

Kenni Jean Schrader, Transportation Supervisor, Three Rivers Community Schools

Milena Marku, Manager, Customer Marketing, Electrification and Electric Vehicle Strategy and Programs, DTE Energy


Session 2 – Participatory Session

Electric School Buses in Michigan: Accelerating Adoption – 1:20 PM – 2:00 PM

Time Topic Topic and Facilitator
1:20 – 1:55 PM Breakout sessions
Group 1 – Facilitated by: Ellen Vial, Michigan Environmental Council
Group 2 – Facilitated by: Frank Houston, Blue Green Alliance.
 1:55 -2:00 PM Closing remarks Electrification Coalition