Green Remediation: A Holistic ApproachEach 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, land and ecosystems, energy requirements, materials consumption and long-term sustainability. Considering the environmental impacts of remedial activities at every stage of the remedial process—in order to maximize the net environmental benefit—is a concept known as “green remediation.” Green remediation enables environmental professionals to minimize the environmental and energy “footprints” of all actions taken during the lifecycle of a project, from investigation through clean-up. The advent of green remediation is paramount given that remediation processes often can adversely affect air quality by emitting particulates during excavation and construction: This would include those particulates produced from burning fossil fuels in vehicles and…Log In to Read Full Article
(Land)Banking on Execution, Vision
In 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… Read more
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
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