Update: Bill expanding electric school buses passes California assembly

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Sander Kushen
Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG
Sander Kushen

Author: Sander Kushen

Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., Dartmouth College

Sander is based in Sacramento and works with California decision-makers, the media, and coalition partners to further CALPIRG’s legislative priorities. He represents CALPIRG members across the state in efforts to protect public health and consumer interests. Previously, Sander worked for two years with CALPIRG Students as the Campus Organizer for UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. In that role, he recruited and trained hundreds of student activists to register voters, ban unnecessary single-use plastics throughout the UC system, and advocate for an expedited transition to 100% renewable energy. In his free time Sander enjoys karaoke, science fiction novels, and hugging his cat, Arthur.

On Friday morning, the California State Assembly passed AB 2731, a bill that would require all purchases of new school buses be zero-emission beginning in 2035. The bill now moves to the State Senate, where it will have to be passed and then signed by the governor before becoming law.

In California, nearly 25,000 school buses drive more than 230 million miles every year. The state is already a leader in the transition to electric school buses, with some districts like LAUSD committed to a 100% electric fleet, and Twin Rivers Unified boasting the largest fleet of electric school buses in the country. This bill would set the stage for California to become an even stronger national leader in electric school bus adoption.

Sander Kushen
Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG
Sander Kushen

Author: Sander Kushen

Public Health Advocate, CALPIRG

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., Dartmouth College

Sander is based in Sacramento and works with California decision-makers, the media, and coalition partners to further CALPIRG’s legislative priorities. He represents CALPIRG members across the state in efforts to protect public health and consumer interests. Previously, Sander worked for two years with CALPIRG Students as the Campus Organizer for UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. In that role, he recruited and trained hundreds of student activists to register voters, ban unnecessary single-use plastics throughout the UC system, and advocate for an expedited transition to 100% renewable energy. In his free time Sander enjoys karaoke, science fiction novels, and hugging his cat, Arthur.