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Brownfields: Fundamentally Sustainable, But Truly Sustainable?

Even though the concept of sustainability was born in the late 1970s, today it seems that everyone from movie stars to large corporations to government and nongovernment organizations, and, yes, even brownfield redevelopers, are touting and promoting the concept of sustainability. But how truly sustainable is all this valiant new rhetoric? Is it just lip service? Are these sustainability campaigns living up to the true meaning of sustainability, which is by definition “economic development that takes full account of the environmental consequences of economic activity and is based on the use of resources that can be replaced or renewed and therefore are not depleted?”1 And for the purposes of this magazine’s audience, are brownfield redevelopments fully meeting the objectives of sustainability? There is no one catch-all litmus test to measure whether sustainability objectives are being met by brownfield redevelopments or sustainability-targeted campaigns. In fact, measuring results for any sustainability activity…Log In to Read Full Article

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