Getting Greener – Bridgeport Receives Grant to Inventory City Trees
Bridgeport was recently awarded a grant by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The award, called the America the Beautiful Grant, will provide funding for Bridgeport to conduct an Urban Tree Canopy study, which will reveal information about the health of Bridgeport's trees and quantify the benefits they provide to Bridgeport's environment. The findings from this study will be helpful in determining where trees can and should be planted, and what species might be at risk from climate change effects.
Trees provide great social, economic, and environmental benefits by beautifying the city (adding value to homes), absorbing pollution (making our air cleaner and healthier), and cooling the city (bringing down electricity bills!).
The Regional Plan Association and Parks Department, working together on this project, are looking for 3-4 fall interns to help with surveying the local trees. Training will be provided, as well as school credit if applicable. If you are interested, or know anyone who may be interested, please email amanda(at)rpa.org for more information.