(Land)Banking on Execution, VisionIn Cleveland, Ohio, a 22-acre industrial property—the former home to a steel plant—was not a site for the faint of heart. And, it was definitely not a sight for sore eyes. It was far from it. Midland Steel, which for decades had owned and operated the plant, had vacated the property in 2004 after filing for bankruptcy. What Midland Steel left in its wake were a host of environmental issues accumulated over the years: Thousands of tons of soil and concrete contaminated with hazardous materials or impacted by petroleum; numerous open pits filled with millions of gallons of PCB contaminated waters and oils; and an abandoned building with asbestos containing bio-hazardous materials. When the calendar flipped to 2005, the city of Cleveland acquired the property for eventual re-development. But anyone with an accurate crystal ball could have safely predicted that it might take eight to 10 years—or longer—to see results…Log In to Read Full Article
A Green Cleanup That’s ‘Tree-mendous’
A site cleanup protects human health and the environment, provides reuse options for the land, creates jobs and reduces sprawl. However, a raised awareness to climate change is forcing individuals to step back and look at the potential unintended consequences from site cleanups. Cleanup activities use energy, water and material… Read more
Green Remediation: A Holistic Approach
Each decision made during the cleanup of contaminated properties has an impact on our natural environment and our future well-being. Environmental professionals make choices throughout the lifecycle of investigation/cleanup projects that affect more than just the removal of contaminants from the ground. These decisions also affect air emissions, water resources,… Read more
Northeast Sustainable Community Workshop: 'Carry On Regardless'
Despite the cloud of uncertainty around federal funding, there's a mood pervading that mostly consists of "carry on regardless." At the recent Eighth Annual Northeast Sustainable Community Workshop, organized by BCONE (Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast), there was a demonstration that a continuing interest in environmentally responsible urban redevelopment is… Read more