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Agenda - New Jersey Electric School Bus Roundtable

October 13, 2021, 9:00 AM ET – 2:30 PM ET

The Electrification Coalition (the EC) and World Resources Institute (WRI) invite you to the New Jersey Electric School Bus (ESB) State Policy Roundtable on October 13, 2021. Join us to learn about the wide-ranging benefits of deploying ESBs on a mass scale across New Jersey, understand where the market, technology, and state government are headed, and discover how you can play a part in advancing an equitable transition of the New Jersey School Bus Fleet! 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. 

Click here for the biographies for the incredible lineup of speakers.

Session 1 - Listening Sessions

ESB In NJ: The Road Ahead – 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Lunch Break from 12:30pm – 1:30pm)

REGISTRATION: Please register for this session here. You will receive your log-in information after you register on Zoom.

Time Topic Speaker
9:00 – 9:15AM Welcome Message

Electrification Coalition


9:15 – 9:30 AM Turning Big Yellow Green World Resources Institute
9:30 – 9:40 AM Keynote Speaker: Turning NJ into a Health and Green Economy Leader First Lady Tammy Murphy
9:40 – 9:45 AM Federal State of Play Congressman Frank Pallone
9:45 – 9:55 AM How ESBs Can Help Address Environmental and Health Injustices Melissa Miles, Executive Director, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
9:55 – 10:05 AM Coffee Break  
10:05 – 10:50 AM Electric School Buses in the Garden State
  • Moderator: Hannah Thonet, Policy Advisor, Energy + EnvironmentNew Jersey Office of the Governor
  • Christine Sadovy, Chief Of Staff at New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  • Pallavi Madakasira, Director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA’s) Clean Energy Products
  • Peg Hanna, Manager at NJ Department of Environmental Protection
10:50 – 11:00 AM The view on ESBs from the Legislature
  • Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.
  • Assemblyman Sterley Stanley
11:00 – 11:45 AM ESBs & the Private Sector: Action & Opportunities
  • Orville Thomas, Director of Government Relations, Lion Electric
  • Jackie Piero, VP of Policy at Nuvve Corp.
  • Matt Stanberry, Managing Director, Highland Electric
  • Jim Woods, Director of Business Development, First Student, inc.
  • Todd Hranicka, Director of EVs and Storage, PSEG
11:45 – 12:00 PM Video Case Study: ESBs in Zeeland  
12:00 – 12:15 PM Funding and Financing – Federal Opportunities Trisha Dello Iacono, National Field and Legislative Manager, Mom’s Clean Air Force
12:15 – 12:30 PM Next Steps: For School Districts, Interested Policy Makers, and Advocates Electrification Coalition
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch Break

Session 2 - Participatory Session

ESBs in NJ: Accelerating Adoption – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

REGISTRATION: Please register for this session here. 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.

The breakout groups include:

  • Funding and Financing – Facilitated by Michelle Levinson, World Resources Institute
  • Policy and Regulatory Approaches – Facilitated by Aaron Viles, Electrification Coalition
  • Operations & Procurement – Facilitated by Jared Walker, Electrification Coalition
  • Local Support and Engagement – Facilitated by Charles T. Brown, Founder and Principal of Equitable Cities

Time Topic Speaker
1:30 – 2:20 PM Barriers and Solutions Breakout Conversations Small Groups By Topic
– Funding & financing
– Equitable policy & regulatory approaches
– Operations & procurement
– Local support & engagement
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.