August 3, 2015, The New Haven Independent, By Staff- "Common Ground reached two important milestones in the creation of its state-of-the-art, sustainable school building: the completion of fundraising efforts necessary to finish the building, and the launch of construction on the new school. State and local elected officials, joined Common Ground students, teachers, families, staff and community members Wednesday to see the building as it begins to rise from its foundation; to learn more about the unique sustainability practices modeled in its construction; and thank those who are making its construction possible. The new 13,000 square foot building on Common Ground’s campus allows the school to expand from 180 to 225 students, welcome more than 15,000 children and adults into programs at its environmental education center, model innovative green building practices, and give students and community members the high-quality learning environment they deserve. “We are so grateful to the members of New Haven’s legislative delegation, and to Mayor Harp, for championing this project,” says Melissa Spear, Common Ground’s executive director. “And we owe huge thanks to the more than 300 neighbors, businesses, and grant-makers who stepped up to help us reach our campaign goal. This building will give our powerful, diverse student body, and all the community members who join in our programs, the learning environment they deserve.” At the end of the legislative session in June, the Connecticut General Assembly approved the final funding necessary to complete this new building. Public funding is being matched by $2.1 million in contributions community members, foundations, and local businesses..."
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