Brownfields Reclamation and Land Management Resources
Envisioning Greener Cleanups and Sustainable Reuse of BrownfieldsAt Brownfields 2008, a Design Charrette united federal, state and local public and private sector initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of site cleanups and promote sustainable reuse. This extended session brought technical and visual information to focus on the following four areas:
Brownfields remediation planning can create new opportunities to protect the environmental and public health by examining efforts to make brownfields cleanup and revitalization processes more sustainable.
Rather than merely focusing on redevelopment, a charrette can begin with the site investigation and cleanup, proceed through the construction and redevelopment, and end with the long-term site operation.
The goals of a Brownfields Design Charrette are to:
Fundamentals of Urban Real Estate Development: The Basics for Every BrownfieldDowntowns are often exceptional locations for development opportunities that are good for the environment and good for the local economy. So if you're someone that's interested in urban redevelopment, what do you need to know?
What are the real estate risks and rewards?
How do you identify opportunities and assemble parcels?
How to obtain financing and what happens when there is a gap?
What are the constraints (regulatory, environmental, economic, community) that could impact development?
Who are the stakeholders and how do you balance their needs and desires?
Is the project going to be profitable?
Quality reclamation of brownfields can make a difference in urban redevelopment, while making money.
Health Impact Assessments for Healthy PlacesThe origins of both community planning and public health are rooted in the goals of protecting the public from outbreaks of disease and improving the quality of life for all.
Health impact assessment (HIA) is one of the ways that communities can begin to address these issues. HIA is broadly, “…a practical assessment of policies, programs and projects that may affect the public’s health, and which provides recommendations to maximize positive health effects and minimizing the negative health aspects of proposals, policies and projects.” HIA can be used to take a proactive approach to integrating health considerations into Brownfield redevelopment decisions.
Brownfield strategies can address environmental justice & health disparities, worker health, safety & training, institutional controls, community involvement, and EPA & ATSDR brownfields programs.
Downtowns: Business Leaders Champion Urban InvestmentRenewed attention to America’s urban cores and downtowns has started to turn the tide in many cities, once thought to be in a steady state of decline. As live, work, and play options attract a new generation of urban dwellers, hollowed out cities are beginning to fill in with new economic and social activity.
Much has been done in many places, but its no secret that there is a long way to go still, and many places have not benefited from the new urbanism.
Some visionary CEOs of major corporations have decided to “invest” in the downtown marketplace. They think downtowns are important and they have chosen to lead their company back to the urban core and not the metropolitan fringe.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization provides brownfield grantees, lenders, and project developers with an overview of:
Phase I All Appropriated Inquiries activities in the brownfield redevelopment process
Phase II environmental site assessment and cleanup process
Brownfields and Environmental LawEnvironmental Law Symposiums address Legal Liabilities -- What's Left After the Amendments to CERCLA. Topics include analysis of third party liability issues, legal mechanisms to protect buyers, and a discussion on the importance of due care in maintaining liability protection.
Brownfields Annual ConferenceBrownfields 2008 was an annual conference that brings together local, state and federal land management specialists who work to reclaim contaminated land sites
Brownfields InsuranceThis site has been developed with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist those seeking information and assistance with insurance products that mitigate environmental liabilities associated with brownfield properties. Here, you can find information about brokers, insurers, and lawyers; library resources about brownfields insurance; and a glossary of terms.
US EPA Office of Brownfields and Land RevitalizationBrownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment. On this site, you can find information about US EPA's Brownfields Program including the Brownfields Law, US EPA Brownfields Grants, technical tools and resources as well as information on brownfields projects across the county.
Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization This official website provides a wide variety and in-depth information for brownfields reclamation such as:
City of Los Angeles Brownfields Program ResourcesThe Brownfields Toolkit
Siting Renewable Energy on Brownfield Land and Mine Sites
Sand Dunes as Architecture to Combat Desertification and Climate Change
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