Energy costs are a significant expense for public school districts, second only to salaries. Energy cost savings can be reinvested in educational programs or facilities.
Bridgeport Public Schools spends about $5 million annually on energy, including electricity, natural gas, and heating oil.
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The Bridgeport Carbon Free & Healthy Schools Steering Committee will formally launch its campaign at the 2022 Bridgeport School Volunteer Day. The Fairfield County Building Trades and other volunteers will work on campus improvements from 9:00 am-1:00 pm and a press event will follow at 11:00 am with Bridgeport’s Mayor Joe Ganim and Superintendent Mike Testani.
The Steering Committee is composed of stakeholders including school facilities staff, teachers’ union, staff union, administrators’ union, local building trades, community religious and nonprofit leaders, the district’s Parent Advocate, and the city sustainability coordinator, and the project has the full support of the Superintendent.
We will be calling on the Mayor, Board of Ed, and City Council to fully fund the initiative, which is initially focused on cost-saving renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits, and will present a menu of funding options with a recommended course of action. More information about the initiative is available at https://ctclimateandjobs.org/carbon-free-healthy-schools/
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The Bridgeport Community Organizer for the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs (CRCJ) is a part-time (20 hrs/week) staff member who organizes and supports the Bridgeport community to drive a Carbon Free & Healthy Schools (CFHS) campaign. The CRCJ Bridgeport Organizer is a Bridgeport resident who works with the staff team to support the development and implementation of a strategic campaign to win political commitment to, and funding for, CFHS projects by engaging Bridgeport community members in advocating for their vision of the city and its school buildings.
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*Calculations and analysis utilized 2013 Bridgeport School Facilities Surveys and data from the New Buildings Institute 2021 Report “Why K-12 Should Feature in America’s National Climate Strategy”. Data and Analysis were performed by Avalon Hoek Spaans and James Granata of Cornell University. For more information please email Avalon Hoek Spaans, Research and Policy Extension Associate of Cornell University. https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/worker-institute/labor-leading-climate