NBC Awards $25,000 for Electric School Bus Project


We are proud to announce that Breathe California has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from NBC Bay Area for our initiative "Zero Emissions Squared: Electric School Buses." This program combats air pollution in schools and surrounding neighborhoods by converting diesel-powered school buses to electric school buses fueled by renewable solar energy.

The grant is part of NBC Bay Area's 21st Century Solutions grant challenge, in partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation. Three local nonprofit organizations have received a total of $100,000 in grants for programs supporting innovative, high-impact initiatives across the Bay Area.

By focusing on social innovation, the competitive grant program encourages nonprofit organizations to move people and communities forward in new and innovative ways. The winning organizations put forth programs that address the Bay Area’s emerging and ongoing needs in creative ways, including reducing air pollution (Breathe California), embracing technology for education (Youth Radio) and transforming the way low-income students learn how to read (Literacy Lab). 

“Making the Bay Area a better place to live is central to our mission at NBC Bay Area” said Rich Cerussi, NBC Bay Area President and General Manager. “We’re excited to announce our three recipients that are also making that part of their mission and are reshaping how we address some of the Bay Area’s toughest challenges.”

 21st Century Solutions awards $1.2 million nationwide in the 10 markets served by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. One winning organization and two runners-up are selected in each city.  NBC Bay Area promoted the initiative locally and created a panel to review and select the final grant recipients.

The full list of grant awardees can be viewed here.

To watch the NBC Bay Area TV segment on our electric school bus, please click here

To watch Breathe California’s video on the electric school bus project, please click here.

Sandra Philpott