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School Bus Replacement Program

Application Deadline is May 16, 2012

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing incentive funding for qualifying school districts to replace older, more heavily polluting buses with new buses equipped with more advanced pollution control technology to help reduce the exposure of children and school faculty to diesel exhaust from school buses . According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to diesel exhaust, even at low levels, is a serious health hazard and can cause respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, lung damage, and increased risk of lung cancer. DEC is currently accepting applications (see below) for funding under this program and encourages all interested school districts to apply.

All interested school districts within the State of Vermont.

Any diesel-powered school bus that is currently inspected, registered, and operated in the State of Vermont and that meets the early replacement criteria described in the program guidelines below. For the purposes of this application, the term “school bus” refers to a heavy-duty vehicle that is painted school bus yellow, has a manufacturer's rated seating capacity of more than 15 passengers, and routinely transports children to and from an educational facility.

For applications received prior to the deadline, each applicant will be informed as to whether or not the minimum eligibility requirements have been met. In the event there is more interest in the program than available funding, applicants will be selected based on the following criteria: 1) age of fleet, 2) rate of fleet turnover, 3) size of fleet, 4) student population, 5) annual fleet mileage, and/or 6) ability to complete grant requirements in a timely manner. Preference may be given to schools that have not previously received funding under this program. DEC staff will notify selected applicants via e-mail prior to the beginning of the project period.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, May 16, 2012. All activities related to the project must be completed prior to September 30, 2012.

  • Carefully read the Program Guidelines for additional requirements and limitations.

  • Complete the Application Form and submit a hardcopy with original signature to:

  • Attn.: David Love
    Vermont DEC, Air Quality & Climate Division
    Davis Building – 2 nd Floor
    One National Life Drive
    Montpelier, VT 05620-3802

    Questions regarding the application form or the school bus inventory should be directed to David Love at (802) 272-3236 or via e-mail at




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