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Bridgeport, CT – September 1, 2022 – The Bridgeport Environmental Task Force (ETF) today announced the names of organizations that received funding during round one allocations for projects that advanced public health and environmental benefit in its neighborhoods, particularly those in the vicinity of Bridgeport Harbor Station. The projects and initiatives were chosen to make Bridgeport a more environmentally sound community. The selections were part of a competitive process.

The proposals were chosen because they intend to advance “the intents and purposes underlying the adoption of the US Environmental Justice Act including, but not limited to, achieving maximum public health and environmental benefit for the air quality in the neighborhoods surrounding Bridgeport Harbor Station. The proposals hope to contribute to the long-term public benefit and wellbeing of the community by addressing health and environmental needs relating to infrastructure, health services, outreach, education, and energy efficiency. The ETF committee, working with the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO), is managing a $2 Million Community Environmental Benefits Fund. That funding process was established by the Community Environmental Benefit Agreement (CEBA) between PSEG Power Connecticut, the City of Bridgeport, and representative community organizations on February 26, 2016.

Installments to the following 15 organizations for selected projects began in September.

Ash Creek Conservation Association
Ash Creek Estuary Master Plan and Educational Outreach
Update of Ash Creek Estuary Master Plan.
$15,000

Black Rock NRZ, Inc., for Park City Compost
Park City Compost Initiative
Launch and operate a City-wide,scaled aerobic food composting entity.
$110,000

Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Bridgeport Regional Energy Partnership
Fund an all-community task force w staff to implement programs for energy conservation & renewables.
$125,000

City of Bridgeport Department of Health & Social Services
The 7 Minutes to Health @ The Park Challenge
Install a state of-the-art outdoor fitness facility in Seaside Park.
$201,500

The Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
BREATHE
Program to augment existing air quality data in Bridgeport through systematic monitoring.
$60,000

The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
Increasing Access to Healthy Foods: BPass Program
Expand existing program to support local food entrepreneurs & workers.
$75,000

Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District
Colorful Crew Beautification Project
Installation of plantings and other beautification measures in the downtown.
$20,000

East End NRZ Pop-Up Market & Café
East End NRZ Market Microgreen Container Farm
Build and operate a microgreen shipping container farm.
$135,000

Groundwork Bridgeport, Inc.
Understanding and Improving Air Quality in Southern Bridgeport
Launch new program to generate better air quality data for planning purposes.
$40,000

Health Improvement Alliance / St Vincent’s Medical Center
Sustaining Bridgeport’s Local Farmer’s Markets
Create and launch community business model for locally grown and consumed food.
$17,500

Metropolitan Council of Governments
PSEG Coal Fired Power Plant Reuse Planning Study
Commission coal plant site reuse study on behalf of CoB and PSEG, per CEBA.
$100,000

NuPower Thermal Bridgeport, LLC
Thermal Loop Connection to Approved Storage and Waste
Subsidize thermal loop connection to Approved Storage and Waste, 2nd chance employer.
$165,000

Operation Fuel
Better Homes and Buildings Program
Pilot / demonstration program to install heat pumps in 11-12 residential buildings.
$115,000

PT Partners / The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
PT Partners’ Environmental Awareness Campaign
Installation of air quality monitors at PT Barnum Apts. for resident education and planning purposes.
$40,000

University of Bridgeport, Fiduciary
Seaside Gateway Trail
Creation of a landscaped walking trail at Seaside Park intended to promote wellness.
$100,000

Allocations are not awards. Allocations reflect a reservation of CEBF resources for Projects. Awards amounts require ETF action, subject to terms and conditions the ETF and Designated Organization may require / establish.

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