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Bridgeport Conservation Corps Provides Jobs and Environmental Education
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The city of Bridgeport started a new jobs program this week designed to help residents make their homes more energy efficient.

It’s called the Mayor’s Conservation Corps. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch says the 35 college-aged people, hired with federal stimulus money are knocking on doors, teaching residents about recycling and collecting rain water to reduce stormwater run-off. Finch says the Conservation Corps will also arrange energy audits for homeowners that will help make homes more energy efficient.

“Overall we're going to reduce our  carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. But in the immediate sense we are helping the city and the homeowner become more sustainable.”

Finch says the Conservation Corps is helping homeowners save money on their energy bills while teaching young people about the environment and boosting basic job skills.