Emily Rusch to state air quality board: Electric buses are here and ready

Cleaner, healthier buses may soon be coming to every city in California.


Cleaner, healthier buses may soon be coming to every city in California.

Sixteen transit agencies, including all of those in San Francisco and Los Angeles, have already committed to switching their buses to zero-emission technology, and many more are eager to join them. In September, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) outlined a plan to switch all of the state’s buses to zero-emission batteries or fuel cell technologies by 2040.

CALPIRG Executive Director Emily Rusch testified before the board on Sept. 28. “All-electric buses are here,” Rusch said. “And they’re cleaner, healthier and often cheaper for transit agencies and school districts to run in the long-term.”

Committing to zero-emission buses is just one more way California can once again set an example for the rest of the country on public health and the environment.

Read Emily Rusch’s blog here. 

Photo Caption: Emily Rusch speaks at a press conference in front of Proterra, a zero-emission bus manufacturer, in support of electric buses in California.

Photo Credit: Ricky Mackie



Emily Rusch

Vice President and Senior Director of State Offices, The Public Interest Network

Emily is the senior director for state organizations for The Public Interest Network. She works nationwide with the state group directors for PIRG and Environment America to help them build stronger organizations and achieve greater success. Emily was the executive director for CALPIRG from 2009-2021, overseeing a myriad of CALPIRG campaigns to protect public health, protect consumers in the marketplace, and promote a robust democracy. Emily works in our Oakland, California, office, and loves camping, hiking, gardening and cooking with her family.