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Brownfields to Green Buildings: Maximizing Sustainability

An important strength of brownfield redevelopment has always been its contribution to sustainability—reusing contaminated land makes great sense as an alternative to sprawl. As concerns about global warming fuel interest in everything that saves energy and reduces carbon footprint, the brownfield market has a unique opportunity to expand by maximizing the many ties between brownfields, green buildings and sustainability. In 1998, the EPA issued a report entitled “Characteristics of Sustainable Brownfield Projects,” focusing on the reuse of land as a Smart Growth strategy. The EPA has estimated that every acre of brownfield redevelopment saves 4.5 acres from greenfield sprawl. LEED criteria for new construction includes one point selection for re-use of a brownfield and other values for using existing infrastructure. From an environmental justice perspective, shouldn’t a redevelopment in an impacted community be designed to improve environmental quality as much as possible? Shouldn’t any project that requires new transportation and…Log In to Read Full Article

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