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Brownfield Sustainability Metrics

What we measure is what we think about, and we think about what we measure. Most people reading this magazine would agree that brownfield development is good, and sustainable brownfield development is better. So what sustainable aspects of a brownfield development should we measure? The answers depend on your perspective and role. Cities have focused on Smart Growth, urban redevelopment and the number of jobs created. State environmental departments have focused on the number of sites cleaned up and put into productive reuse. Property owners look to quantify liability management. Developers look for return on investment. Europeans Lead the Way The Europeans have focused their attention on redevelopment metrics for many years. Over 10 years ago, the Germans developed state-wide economic property development ranking systems that provided incentives for the reuse of infrastructure and taxed greenfield developments. In 2002, the German Cabinet adopted the national Sustainability Strategy. One key goal…Log In to Read Full Article

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