In 2012, GBCE’s Green Team teamed up with The City of Bridgeport and The Work Place, Inc. on the project to refit a residential property located in the Hollow section of Bridgeport.
Under the guiding hand of then Green Team Project Manager Sherylyn Garner and training instructors, the students in the GreenUp Job Training Program applied their newly-learned skills in practical work experience to complete this project.
The students were organized into work crews to clear the property, to perform energy conservation measures, review lead abatement procedures, and participate in the retrofitting of deteriorated sections of the house. The students were able to successfully turn a long-uninhabited house into an environmentally-friendly, healthy home that the City could sell as affordable housing to a Bridgeport family.
More than $50,000 was raised in donations of materials, supplies, and in-kind support. Our Champions of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility are: American View Productions (filming and video production); Avagrow International (grounds clearance, soil reclamation, landscaping and training); Cusato Architecture (design for porch decking and roofing); Ivy League Enterprises (banner); Northeast Builders Supply (raw building materials); Santa Energy (HVAC training) ; United Illuminating (grant support), Jose Masonry & Landscaping (tree stump removal & hauling), TLC Construction (roof repair) and Master Builders & Design, LLC (porch reconstruction guidance).
The City of Bridgeport and Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust lent their expertise and funding to the project through the Bridgeport Lead-Free Families Program including pre- and post-inspections, and the City of Bridgeport Public Facilities Department hauled away debris and rubbish from the property. Several contractors who helped out with the project observed our job training students and expressed interest in hiring them.
We are proud of our job training class that took an inhabitable house and delivered it back to the City of Bridgeport in excellent condition. What an invaluable teaching tool for our students!