New Jersey advances clean trucks, electric school buses

In one day, New Jersey advanced two measures that will begin to clear our skies of health-endangering diesel exhaust and climate-changing carbon pollution.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

In one day, New Jersey advanced two measures that will begin to clear our skies of health-endangering diesel exhaust and climate-changing carbon pollution.

On Dec. 20, New Jersey became the fourth state — and the first on the East Coast — to formally adopt the Advanced Clean Truck rule. The rule will significantly reduce pollutants from transportation, requiring an increasing percentage of new trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission or fully electric. Meanwhile, the state, which previously had a total of zero electric school buses on its streets, passed legislation in the Senate to kick-start the transition from dirty diesel buses to clean, electric school buses. 

“Electric trucks and buses are the future,” said Environment New Jersey State Director Doug O’Malley. “The Advanced Clean Truck rule and the movement to fund electric school buses are big steps in the right direction.”

Environment New Jersey staff and members have a long track record on cleaning up transportation, including helping to create the state's Clean Car program in 2004.

Read more about the Advanced Clean Truck Rule or the electric buses initiative

Learn more about our Destination: Zero Carbon campaign.

Photo: Environment New Jersey State Director Doug O’Malley spoke at an Electric Cars Ride and Drive event back in 2018 -- another element in our drive to clean up transportation pollution. Credit: Alan Simpson Photography

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.