For decades, the East End neighborhood of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has faced the environmental, health and economic ordeal of Mount Trashmore, a three-story abandoned waste dump. In the 1990s, local community members’ advocacy helped clean up the site. Unfortunately, remediation was incomplete. The site became a magnet for illegal dumping, health hazards, disinvestment, and crime.

Two decades later, Mount Trashmore is transforming into Mount Growmore, a hydroponic farm, wellness campus, and learning center. 


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Click below to learn more about the history of Mt. Trashmore and current efforts to underway to transform Mt. Trashmore to Mt. Growmore.

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Mt. Trashmore will also serve as a national model for realizing community driven environmental justice and health equity.



Click the title below to listen to our First Mt. Growmore Podcast:

People Places Planet Podcast• Episode 27 • Season 5

From Trash to Triumph: The Mount Growmore Initiative, by the Environmental Law Institute


In this week’s episode of the People Places Planet Podcast, host Georgia Ray dives deep into an incredible transformation journey with her guests Debbie Sims, Suzi Ruhl, David Cash, and Bill Coleman. Together, they discuss the evolution of Bridgeport, Connecticut’s once-neglected Mount Trashmore into the thriving Mount Growmore agricultural, wellness, and learning campus. Tune in to explore the significance of community-driven solutions, the power of inter-sectoral government collaboration, the importance of trusted relationships with academia, and the essential steps that other communities can take to replicate such transformative projects. This episode promises a compelling narrative of turning environmental challenges into community triumphs. 

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