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EPA Funds Public Health Community Projects In Stamford

U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy, second from left, and Richard Blumenthal, second from right, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, right,  say Stamford and Bridgeport with share $45,000 in federal grants for community health projects and programs..
U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy, second from left, and Richard Blumenthal, second from right, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, right, say Stamford and Bridgeport with share $45,000 in federal grants for community health projects and programs.. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness, File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford and Bridgeport will share $45,000 in federal grant money aimed at improving both the environment and quality of life for the cities' residents, said three local politicians.

The money comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 Healthy Communities Grant Program, according to U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

Stamford’s housing agency, Charter Oak Communities was awarded $25,000 for its “Fairgate Farm Community Composting Initiative.”

The project strives to educate residents, business owners and other community stakeholders on the city’s West Side about the benefits of composting.

The project provides one-on-one outreach, hands-on composting demonstrations and educational resources.

In Bridgeport, The Center of Ecological Technology was awarded $20,000 for its “Don’t Waste Bridgeport” project.

The project seeks to keep food from being wasted by working with restaurants, and other food generators, to reduce, donate, and compost as much leftover food as possible.

The ultimate goals are to reduce the impact on the environment and to get food to residents in need.

According to a joint statement by Blumenthal, Murphy and Himes, the “well-deserved federal dollars will help make Stamford and Bridgeport healthier, cleaner communities.”

The EPA has awarded 12 Healthy Communities grants -- totaling $270,566 -- to various programs and projects in New England.

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