Excellence Comes in Many Shapes, SizesDiversity carried the day when the first-annual Brownfield Renewal awards were presented November 17 to four project sponsors in a modest-sized but well-populated conference room at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans during the Brownfields 2009 convention. The recipients included: City of Oklahoma City, Metropolitan Area Projects, awarded an ECONOMIC IMPACT award; Mason Run “New Urbanism” Neighborhood and River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Monroe, Mich., SOCIAL IMPACT award recipients; and Menomonee Valley Industrial Center, Milwaukee, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT award winner. How does a project achieve excellence? There’s no single blueprint, that’s for sure. In Oklahoma, the “sheer size” of the project stood out in the minds of judges. In Milwaukee, excellence represented an ability to overcome a variety of challenges through use of innovative solutions. In Michigan, not one but two projects demonstrated excellence in unique ways. In one case, it was a tribute to a smaller, modest-size initiative. In…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