With concerns from allies and Mothers Out Front Fairfax County that legislation backed by Dominion Energy to replace 1,050 dirty diesel-powered school buses won’t move fast enough;
“...grassroots organizations have countered with their own bill that addresses their chief concerns of climate change and children’s health by offering a pot of money for massive diesel-to-electric bus conversions by 2030 to school districts both in and beyond Dominion’s territory.
“On the whole, electric school buses, no matter how we get them in the state, are awesome,” said Bobby Monacella, co-leader of the Fairfax County chapter of Mothers Out Front. “But we saw a gap with the Dominion program and this is how we wanted to fix it. We want schools to be thinking about a plan.”
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Mothers Out Front in Fairfax County are #inthenews with their #CleanBuses4Kids campaign!
After years of urging county officials to take more substantial action to address climate change, local environmental advocates expressed excitement about FCPS introducing electric buses to its fleet.
The Fairfax County chapter of Mothers Out Front, a national climate justice advocacy network, launched a Clean Buses for Kids campaign to bring electric school buses to FCPS last August, just days before Dominion announced its statewide initiative.
“We applaud any addition of clean buses to Virginia’s fleet, and we are very happy that FCPS was awarded part of the Dominion pilot,” Mothers Out Front Fairfax County said in a statement. “At the same time, we will continue to advocate for a complete and equitable transition of Virginia’s school bus fleet by 2030.”
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With Mothers Out Front Somerville leading the way, a historical decision was made to emphasize repairing gas leaks!
For the first time in the City's history, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Department of Infrastructure and Asset Management (IAM) have allowed National Grid to replace a gas main during the City's winter moratorium to expedite efforts to eradicate gas leaks in Somerville.
On January 13, National Grid began work to replace a century-old gas main on the eastern half of Pearl St. and Myrtle St. in East Somerville. Due to its age, the Pearl St. gas main is prone to leaks and had been identified as a priority for replacement by local officials as well as partners including the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Mothers Out Front, and other community advocates.
Large gas leaks have been shown to accelerate climate change and compromise local environmental conditions. In his January 6 inaugural speech, Mayor Curtatone underscored the need for urgent action, citing efforts to reduce gas leaks as a priority for 2020 and commending the persistent leadership and advocacy of Mothers Out Front on this issue.
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Arlington's January Community Meeting on January 6th was a tremendous success! We had a big "launch party" for our 2020 Goals and we had a great turnout—36 people came, including many people new to Mothers Out Front!
We introduced our new leadership team...
Ann Boland, Jill Manca, Alicia Russell, Amy Antczak, and Danie Descoteaux
Charlottesville leaders, together with allies, travelled to Richmond today to talk to their legislators about clean energy.
Mothers Out Front Fairfax County are in the news with a #VIDEO report from WDVM about the Electric School Bus campaign! #CleanBuses4Kids
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — Last fall, Fairfax County sealed a deal with Dominion Energy to replace its diesel school buses with electric by 2030, thanks to the effort of Mothers Out Front Fairfax.
On Monday [Feb. 13], Mothers Out Front declared its support for Delegate Mark Keam’s (D-Va 35) bill, introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates last week, that would incentivize school districts across the state to make the switch to electric by 2030.
Mothers Out Front Fairfax Co-Leader Bobby Monacella says there are four times more school buses than transit buses in the United States. Fairfax County is home to the country’s second largest school bus fleet.
Several supporters from the Mothers Out Front South Bay chapter spoke at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) meeting in San Jose, California on January 9th, 2020 to urge the VTA to declare a climate emergency, expand bus routes, increase the number of buses, and transition to an all-electric bus fleet.
The VTA decided to take more feedback from the public and incorporate it into a formal resolution that will be voted on next month.
Mothers Out Front Massachusetts teams were out in force, joining allies and each other, for hearings at the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
Committee members heard testimony about the "FUTURE Act” (For Utility Transition to Using Renewable Energy), which is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use, increasing efficiency and encouraging renewable sources of energy and other energy policies. (H.2849, S.1940)
Newton Mothers Out Front attendees (left to right): unidentified man, Judy Boroschek, David Backer, Karen Slote, Ellie Goldberg, Pat Burdick
Congratulations to Mothers Out Front Fairfax County for being in the news!
Virginia Delegate Mark Keam has filed a bill that would convert diesel school buses to electric by 2030. House Bill 1140, which was drafted with significant input from Mothers Out Front, sets up a new block grant program which would allow school districts to seek funding to help replace their current diesel school buses with electric ones, as well as expenses for infrastructure support, according to a press release from Mothers Out Front.
“Transitioning from diesel to zero-emission buses will have a measurable positive effect on our children’s health and their future in the face of climate change,” said Delegate Keam, a Democratic lawmaker representing Fairfax County in the state legislature. “I want to thank Mothers Out Front for working with me on this sensible solution that protects our kids’ health while addressing the climate crisis.”
Published by Blue Virginia, this letter to Democratic legislators is from 350 Alexandria, 350 Fairfax, 350 Loudoun, Climate Reality Project-NoVa Chapter, Earth Rise Indivisible, Food and Water Watch, Greater Prince William Climate Action Network, Mothers Out Front (Fairfax), Mothers Out Front (Prince William), NoVa Climate, Progressive Democrats of America-Virginia Chapter, Our Revolution-Alexandria, Our Revolution-Arlington, Our Revolution-Falls Church, Sunrise Movement Fairfax, Transparent GMU
Dear Democratic Legislators:
To adequately address the climate crisis in the 2020 legislative session, we believe you must do the following:
–WORK TOGETHER. Put aside regional and ideological differences–and any possible influence of special interests–and all agree to take several decisive actions:
–MANDATE THE MOST RAPID, FEASIBLE TIMETABLE POSSIBLE FOR CONVERSION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE GENERATION OF ELECTRICITY. DC has committed to 100% generation from renewables by 2032. Virginia currently gets 30% of its electricity from nuclear, so it should be able to produce the other 70% carbon-free renewable energy (that is, solar, wind, geothermal) by 2032—and then phase out nuclear as soon as possible—no later than 2040.