Mobile Sources Resources
NTAA Webinar Workshop for Tribes on EPA’s Clean School Bus Program
This virtual workshop was held on August 4th in lieu of NTAA’s Mobile Sources Work Group monthly call. This workshop will help Tribes learn how to access EPA’s $5 Billion investment for the Clean School Bus Program (CSBP). For the next 5 years, Tribes and Tribal Schools are prioritized for funding new electric and cleaner school buses. Applications for the first year of funding closes on August 19th!
NTAA was honored to have Congresswoman Katie Porter and EPA OAR Deputy Assistant Administrator, Alejandra Nunez! The recording from the webinar is now available on NTAA’s website!
The Future of Transportation
On April 1, the NTAA Mobile Sources Work Group heard a presentation from EPA on the Future of Transportation: Upcoming Legislation. You can access the presentation, which contains links and resources, by clicking the link.
In 2015 Volkswagen was cited by EPA and the California Air Resources Board for violating emissions standards by selling diesel vehicles equipped devices that allowed the cars to cheat at federal emissions tests. The federal government sued and in 2016 VW settled the cases for $14.7 billion. Of that, $55 million was set aside for federally recognized Tribes which they can use to replace old, polluting diesel vehicles or equipment with new, cleaner models, or even install electric vehicle charging stations.
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was named as the Technical Assistance Provider. ITEP supports Tribes with webinars and other training resources, as well as one-on-one assistance with navigating the process of applying for and receiving funds from the settlement.
NTAA was integral in securing the Tribal Trust Agreement, establishing the technical assistance program, and ensuring the development of the Tribal Advisory Council.
ITEP: Technical Assistance Program to Access the VW Settlement
ITEP: Tribal Advisory Council
The Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities group gave a presentation on Alternative Fuels Solutions to NTAA’s Mobile Sources Working Group at its October 2019 meeting. The presentation goes through the various alternative fuels currently available and describes what types of vehicles & equipment can run on each, along with pros and cons of each option. The presentation emphasizes ways in which alternative fuel vehicles can provide environmental and performance benefits for vehicle fleets, while often reducing maintenance needs and operating costs. This presentation can be a useful resource for Tribes considering purchasing alternative-fuel vehicles with their VW Settlement funds.
Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition: Presentation on Alternative Fuels