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Thursday
Dec182014

BGreen Engages Community Stakeholders on Complete Streets

On December 10, 2014, BGreen hosted a workshop on complete streets at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Community members came together to discuss accessing the environmental, economic, and environmental benefits of streets that cater to all modes of transportation. By enhancing Bridgeport’s offerings for residents to take the bus, walk, or bicycle when they are travelling locally, the city will see improved public health, more economic activity, reduced emissions, improved air quality, and a more beautiful Bridgeport. These such offerings include planting street trees, altering traffic patterns, enhancing walking and biking infrastructure in densely populated areas, implementing a complete streets policy, and cleaning roadways and sidewalks.

 

Attendees in focus area breakout sessions

While multiple organizations are taking on these strategies, before the workshop there had been little cross-pollination of ideas in between them and a united front to push these strategies forward is needed. Attendees from Bikeport Co-Op, Sierra Club, Fairfield Bike/Walk Coalition, AARP, Greater Bridgeport Transit, and other organizations discussed real and feasible complete streets improvements in focus areas around Bridgeport. All suggestions were recorded to the Bridgeport Complete Streets Recommendations Master List for consideration of implementation. 

Tuesday
Oct142014

BGreen Launches Bridgeport Parks Valuation Report

Bridgeport, Conn. – On October 6th, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch joined Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. Von Arx at an event where key findings from a study regarding the economic impact of parks were released.

“In Bridgeport, we’re focused on making our city a place where companies want to invest and hire people, and a place where even more people choose to live, work, and raise their families,” said Mayor Finch. “Parks play a key role in doing just that. By re-opening Pleasure Beach this summer, building a new Knowlton Park, and continuing to enhance places like Seaside Park, we’re improving the quality of life for our residents while increasing property values in our neighborhoods. That’s why this study is so important, and shows that the city is doing right by residents, and building toward a more prosperous future.”

BGreen team at Ellsworth Park in Bridgeport

Titled, “The Valuation of Bridgeport Parks,” the study is a collaborative effort between the City of Bridgeport and Fairfield University.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE STUDY: http://bit.ly/1vElLU6.

 

Wednesday
Apr162014

Earth Day Expo - Saturday, April 26th

Join us on April 26 at Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School from 10 AM to 1 PM for a celebration of Earth Day!! There will be opportunities to learn about ways to get involved with environmental action in your community. A series of hands-on workshops for children to learn about "going green" and sustainability will also be featured. Please join us!!

Mayor Finch will be speaking along with Deputy Commissioner Macky McCleary of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Wil Bullock of City Harvest Youth Corps, and Adrienne Houel of Park City Green. Speakers will highlight the progress made in Bridgeport so far and the benefits of being green.

Please come visit the brand new school to see Bridgeport students and exhibitors from local organizations display their work.  There will also be a groundbreaking ceremony for a new vegetable garden on the school campus hosted by Green Village Initiative.

Enter through the 840 Old Town Road entrance. Activities will be held in the main cafeteria space.

It will be a great day to meet people and learn more about how to make a difference in your community!

 

Wednesday
Nov202013

BGreen's First Three Years: Partners in Progress

The BGreen 2020 Initiative celebrates the release of its first comprehensive progress report documenting the implementation of BGreen 2020, the 10-year strategic plan for improving the environmental quality and livability of Bridgeport’s parks and neighborhood and promoting Bridgeport as a location for the development of green industries and green employment. The development of the plan was a public/private partnership which brought together over 100 stakeholders who identified 65 strategies in  five focus areas: 1) energy production & efficiency, 2)sustainable land use and transportation, 3) natural resources management, 4) green jobs, and 5) education and outreach.

The 2013 report documents progress on nearly all of the plan’s strategies, which range from increased recycling at public schools to the development of an eco-technology park in the city’s south and west end that hosts renewable energy production and waste processing facilities. The Progress Report also identifies a sixth focus area, adapting to the impacts of climate change, in response to the impacts repeated severe storms have had on Bridgeport’s parks and neighborhoods.

Over 150 individual projects now support the goals of BGreen 2020, with over 80 organizations and businesses contributing time and resources. Strong leadership for the initiative is provided by City of Bridgeport elected officials and staff and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. Major ongoing support by the Fairfield County Com­munity Foundation has been supplemented by city, state, and federal funds, private investment, and funding or technical assistance by other foundations and non-profit organizations. The report was developed by the Regional Plan Association with the help of many city staff and members of local and regional community organizations.

Community groups and individual volunteers have been a big part of BGreen work, with the number of volunteer hours contributing to BGreen projects increasing 60% since 2011. Businesses such as Bridgeport Biodiesel, Fletcher Thompson Architects, and Kuchma Corporation have invested in Bridgeport, supporting green job growth and sustainable development. Federal agencies have supported many of BGreen’s major initiatives, including studying the feasibility of building a new train station on Bridgeport’s East Side, which was made possible through a Sustainable Communities grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Read the BGreen 2013 Progress Report.

Monday
Sep302013

Rebuild by Design Comes to Bridgeport

Last August, the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced the selection of ten multidisciplinary design teams to participate in Rebuild by Design, a unique competition that responds to Hurricane Sandy by asking the world’s most talented design professionals to envision solutions that increase resilience across the Sandy-affected region. Rebuild by Design is a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative approaches to enhancing resiliency in Hurricane Sandy–affected communities. The competition is looking to learn from direct experience, local perspective, and citizen insights as communities across the region begin to rebuild and renew.

Ten international teams of designers and resiliency professionals are now embarking on an eight-month research and design process that will generate innovative planning and design approaches to the region’s post-Sandy challenges. Join Rebuild by Design at a series of public meetings held throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, where neighbors and community leaders will play a crucial role in helping shape competition priorities and outcomes.

Saturday, October 5 — RSVP

10:00 a.m.
Bridgeport Holiday Inn, Main Ballroom
1070 Main Street
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