Electric Buses: Exploring Funding and Technology

ANCA's Clean Energy Team hosted a virtual discussion Electric Buses: Exploring Funding and Technology on September 23, 2021. Thank you to all who participated!

What: Electric Buses: Exploring Funding and Technology
When: Thursday, September 23, 2021, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.                      
Where: Virtual via Zoom 

To watch the recording of the meeting, please visit ANCA's YouTube Channel.

To view presenters' slides from the event, click here

Take a virtual tour of electric school buses in these product videos by Lion and Thomas Built Buses.

Other resources:

Electric School Buses: a Roadmap for Adoption and Expansion
Fact Sheet: New York Electric School Buses

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Thank you to the panelists who shared their experience and expertise:

Sergio Alfonso: Transportation Supervisor, White Plains City School District

Mike Domin: Supplier Development Administrator, Sourcewell
Mike Domin is a Supplier Development Administrator with Sourcewell.  Sourcewell is a public agency that goes out for solicitations on behalf of any government or education agency.  Mike works with both the suppliers, on training their sales teams to utilize their Sourcewell contract, and works with the agencies, to answer any questions they may have about the contracts or Sourcewell.

Scott Goble: Sales Representative, Thomas Built Buses 
Scott is in his 40th year as a school transportation professional, having served in the capacity of a school district Director of Transportation for 35 years, and now 5 years as a Thomas Built Buses Sales Representative service North Country counties. Scott is a former President of both the New York Association for Pupil Transportation and the Cyr Foundation for Excellence in School Transportation. Scott is also employed by the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute located in Syracuse New York,  providing consulting services to school districts in New York State.

Mark Hanrahan: Sales Manager, Matthews Buses
Mark resides in Unadilla, NY with his wife Jocelyn. They have five grown children with four serving in the military, one being a former Marine and three currently active in the Army and Navy. Matthews Buses has been a Thomas Built Bus Dealer in NY State since 1967 with four locations across the state.  I have been with the company for 21 years representing Thomas Built Buses and also Matthews Specialty Vehicles specializing in Public Safety Vehicles. Their sales team is currently working with several school districts in upstate NY striving to purchase electric school buses. Matthews Buses was recently successful in helping secure financing through NYSERDA's Truck Incentive Voucher program for Bethlehem CSD to purchase the first 5 Thomas Jouley EV Buses in NY. We are currently in the process of installing charging stations at all four of our locations to prepare for the much anticipated and projected increase in electric school buses.

Nicole Hylton-Patterson: Director, Adirondack Diversity Initiative
Nicole “Nicky” Hylton-Patterson joined the ANCA family as the Director for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI) in December 2019. Her journey from St. Catherine, Jamaica to Saranac Lake is one marked by lengthy sojourns in Trondheim, Norway, Elmira NY, and Tempe, AZ.  A relentless advocate for justice and equity, Nicky brings 20+ years of experience as a community organizer, educator, activist scholar and diversity & inclusion subject matter expert and practitioner to the role. When she isn’t working with the ADI family of advocates, allies, and affiliates on ensuring that the Adirondacks is a place where biodiversity reflects human diversity, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking and horseback riding.

Karlan Jessen: Head of Sustainability and Legacy, Lake Placid 2023 Winter World University Games
Connecting people with their passions, Karlan Jessen has been involved with the sports and events industry for nearly 35 years.  Spanning the decades, she has worked with the U.S Bobsled Team, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority, the Seafair Festival in Seattle, REI, the outdoor retailer, and the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour.  Recently she worked with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games as the Director of Volunteers and Sustainability successfully recruiting and training over 15,000 volunteers who were the operational foundation for this spectacular once-in-a-lifetime event. In her spare time while earning an MBA in Sustainable Business she founded a small chain of sports consignment stores in Washington’s South Puget Sound. Currently Karlan is the Head of Sustainability and Legacy for the Lake Placid 2023 Winter World University Games and hopes people come away from the Games with a renewed understanding of the planet and its people.

Richard Lee: Director of Sales, School Bus – Eastern USA
Rick holds the position of Director of US Bus Sales with a strategic focus towards Schools districts that are considering EV technology in their school bus fleets, along with creating a commercial/school dealer network to assist in the future growth of school and commercial opportunities. 

Rick has been involved in the Commercial & School Bus Industry for over 30 years, including small shuttle bus, small & mid-size low floor, school bus, and hybrid vehicle markets.  Rick has held various VP & Director positions during his careers ranging from Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, and Business Dealer Development.  Companies that Rick has been involved with are Champion Bus, XL Hybrids, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, Blue Bird Body Corporation, New England Wheels, and currently Lion Electric Company. Rick is a self driven director that strives to “put” the customer first with sales and support objectives and strategies.

Joe Murphy: Civic Sustainability Group, Bethlehem Tomorrow
Joe is an attorney with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a Public Policy Fellow with the Anam Circle think tank. As a volunteer with the civic sustainability group Bethlehem Tomorrow, Joe helped the Bethlehem school district obtain a grant this year for five electric school buses. Joe earned a B.S. in journalism from West Virginia University, an M.A. in economics from the George Washington University and a J.D. degree from St. John's University. Joe has also produced several films, including an award-winning short comedy about climate change.

Adam Ruder: Assistant Director of Clean Transportation, NYSERDA 
Adam Ruder is the Assistant Director for NYSERDA’s Clean Transportation group.  The Clean Transportation group focuses on developing and demonstrating new technologies, policies, and business models that support three key focus areas: electric vehicles, public transportation, and mobility management.  Adam has led the implementation of New York State’s Charge NY initiative to advance electric vehicle adoption in New York State and he closely collaborates with other states and the federal government to jointly advance EV policies and programs.  Before joining NYSERDA in 2008, Adam received a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.