Virginia Bill Would Create Electric School Bus Grant Program

Mothers Out Front Fairfax County are #inthenews again!

"HB 1140 was written with input from the Fairfax County team of Mothers Out Front, an organization that works to protect communities from the effects of climate change, WSET reports. The team is planning an event in Richmond to call for state legislators to support the bill on Jan. 21, according to its Facebook page."

 

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MA - Getting the Word Out in Boston

Wendy McCluskey and Kristine Jelstrup, from Mothers Out Front in Cambridge, went to the Boston Area Sustainability Group - Invite to Ignite - event on February 4th and spoke to lots of interested volunteers from all over the state. People want to DO something about the Climate Crisis and we were there to share with them that Mothers Out Front is a terrific movement to get involved with!

 

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Kristine Jelstrup presenting...


CA - Thousands march in downtown San Jose for Women’s March 2020

Mothers Out Front South Bay/San Jose member, Jane Mulcaster is #inthenews at the Women's March in January!

The San José Spotlight wrote:
Among hundreds of creative and powerful signs, Jane Mulcaster, one of the thousands who marched on Saturday, held up the world… or at least, her 3D depiction of it. Mulcaster, 53, constructed a model of Earth from a giant yoga ball complete with blue netting to symbolize melting ice caps and rising sea levels as well as red, orange and yellow pom-poms to mark worldwide wildfires. The globe took five hours to make.
“I just envisioned demonstrating, in three dimensions, our planet and the effects of global climate change,” Mulcaster, a longtime Willow Glen resident, said. She attended the march with her daughter and friends, representing the group Mothers Out Front, a community organization that works to promote climate policy. Women, Mulcaster said, have a “unique” role in advocating against climate change. 
“We represent the future,” Mulcaster continued. “We bring future generations into the world, and as mothers, we feel a particular urgency to make sure that our children have a future to grow into.”

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CA - LTE: San Jose Mom applauds City council, Mayor Liccardo for climate plan

In December, Rebecca Habermann got a letter-to-the-editor published in the Mercury News thanking local leaders for acting to decarbonize buildings: (click on the image below to see the letter online.)

 


CA - Environmental activists urge VTA to shift funds from highway projects to mass transit

In December, Martina Keim was quoted in a San José Spotlight article about youth, mothers, and other concerned residents advocating for increased funding for public transit at a recent Valley Transportation Authority board meeting: 

Earlier in the meeting, the students received support from the South Bay chapter of Mothers Out Front: Mobilizing for a Livable Climate.

“San Jose is expected to grow its population to 1.3 million,” coordinator Martina Keim said. “We are already experiencing a high density of traffic. And it is crucial for all of us to make this change now. It will help to reduce congestion, improve air quality and public health and go toward San Jose’s goal to be carbon free, since vehicle traffic is the leading source of carbon emissions.”


CA - San Ysidro School District commits to rolling out zero-emission buses

Congratulations to the San Diego Mothers Out Front Team for their first victory for cleaner emissions and for being #inthenews!

Supporters, led by a group of mothers, said the undertaking will combat the harmful health effects of emissions from diesel-powered buses that put residents at risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma. San Ysidro’s proximity to the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere has long led to poor air quality. 

“I’m happy to say we are committed to fighting climate change,” board member Antonio Martinez said. 

Local leaders of Mothers Out Front, a national coalition that works on the issue of climate change, said the district of about 4,200 students is the first to make a pledge to switch to zero-emission buses, though 15 districts in the state already started to use electric buses.

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Virginia advocates want to improve Dominion’s electric school bus plan

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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VA - NEWS - Fairfax County to get first zero-emission electric school buses

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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MA - A First for Somerville: Gas main replaced during winter moratorium!

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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MA - Arlington 2020 LAUNCH Party

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...

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Ann Boland, Jill Manca, Alicia Russell, Amy Antczak, and Danie Descoteaux