A Renewed Optimism PrevailsAs technology, financial incentives and consumer demand push renewable energy sources like solar and wind power into the mainstream, brownfields are in an ideal position to benefit from the growing green convergence. "More and more people understand that it's not just about cleaning up a brownfield and putting it back into productive use," says Kevin Matthews, vice president, energy and environment at NSI, a business-to-government consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. "It's putting it back in a way that doesn't impact the environment more harmfully. Commercial buildings use 40 percent of the energy consumed in the United States, so how you provide that energy is critical to the overall dynamic of our energy needs." "Right now, there are significant tax advantages and tax credits for installing renewable energy under the stimulus package," —Kevin Matthews, vice president, energy and environment at NSI, based in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy…Log In to Read Full Article
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in… Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort… Read more