Transporting New Mexican Children Into The Future: An Assessment of the Health Impacts of Moving to Electric School Buses On School-Aged Children and Their Families

School buses on a bright sunny day

In January 2020, Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNM Education Fund) publicly released a health impact assessment (HIA) about the health and social impacts of replacing diesel-powered school buses with electric-powered school buses. The report release concludes two years of assessment work in partnership with community organizations, like Mom’s Clean Air Force, and community members in Bernalillo, McKinley and Rio Arriba Counties. 

This HIA endeavors to bring concrete health costs to the transportation decision-making process. CVNM Education Fund has multi-year community engagement programs in McKinley and Rio Arriba Counties focused around environmental issues impacting the health and quality of life of local families. During the assessment, CVNM Education Fund also had a community engagement program located in Albuquerque’s South Valley and Westgate communities. 

The assessment became a priority for CVNM Education Fund after the organization’s volunteers expressed concerns about the adverse impacts of diesel exhaust emissions from school buses on the health and well-being of their communities. Through a series of community conversations, CVNM staff determined that the adverse impacts of diesel emissions on physical and mental health, and consequently on educational attainment and income and job security, were particularly urgent concerns. As a result, CVNM Education Fund and allied organizations conducted a detailed assessment of these impacts and how they might be mitigated.

Health Impact Assessment Executive Summary – Transporting New Mexican Children Into The Future: An Assessment of the Health Impacts of Moving to Electric School Buses On School-Aged Children and Their Families

Resumen Ejecutivo – Transporte de Niños de Nuevo México Hacia el Futuro: Una Evaluación de los Impactos en la Salud de la Transición a los Autobuses Escolares Eléctricos de Niños de Edades Escolares y sus Families (en Español)

Health Impact Assessment Full Report – Transporting New Mexican Children Into The Future: An Assessment of the Health Impacts of Moving to Electric School Buses On School-Aged Children and Their Families