• Rockford, Ill.: Modernizing a Century–Old Community Landmark

  • RE3 Focus: Pennoni On Leading Edge of Sub-Slab Depressurization

  • Using GIS To Decipher Large-Scale Remediation Projects

  • Right Place, Right Time


September 2009

Greensboro, Meet Brownfield
Brownfield Briefs
Greensboro, Meet Brownfield

Back in 2002, local developers had their sights set on a 12-acre parcel in downtown Greensboro, N.C., recognizing it as a potentially prime spot to construct a multi-use sports stadium. The operative word is "potentially." After further review, the development team changed its mind—scared off by what they called a…Read more

Beyond Interim Use: Los Angeles State Historic Park
Case Study
Beyond Interim Use: Los Angeles State Historic Park

Facts Name : Los Angeles State Historic Park Project Size : 32 Acres (13 Acres are currently being used) Estimated Cost : The land was purchased for $30 million, and hazardous materials were cleaned out for $3 million. The end-use park is estimated to cost $100 million. Location : The…Read more

Editor's Letter
A User-friendly Opportunity

The expression “one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure” is an appropriate one to summarize this issue’s focus on Renewable Resource and Energy trends, as well as to exhibit how the perceived value of an abandoned property significantly differs depending on the eye of the beholder. Take the city of…Read more

Count on It…

$13.8 million amount of funding the Department of Energy announced it was providing for 28 new wind energy projects. These projects will help address market and deployment challenges including wind turbine research and testing and transmission analysis, planning, assessments.** 1.9 percent of the nation’s ele…Read more

The Evolution of a New Jersey Environmental Program

The State of New Jersey has always been in the forefront in its efforts to address environmental issues within the state. Over the past 26 years the New Jersey environmental programs have undergone many reviews and refinements. In the late 70's and early 80's environmental issues, specifically the environmental legacies…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
A Renewed Optimism Prevails

As 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…Read more

Legislative Briefs
Brownfield Funding: It’s “Under Construction”

The 111th Congress was on its summer recess in August, two- thirds of the way through an active first session which saw a lot accomplished—notably $787 billion in stimulus funding—and several contentious issues, such as climate change, make progress even as they navigated congressional minefields. For many members, the summer…Read more

Marketing Strategies
US and Canadian Marketwatch

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California's Bona Fide Ground Tenant Model: The Start of a Nationwide Trend?

Background of Problem: In the wake of the recent economic downturn, Brownfields deals are more difficult than ever. With a glut of non-contaminated properties throughout most urban areas, the added stigma of contamination makes it even less likely that a property will be sold and developed. Many holders of contaminated…Read more

Impulse generation: It's all 'well' and good

Kleinfelder is the sole licensee of Hydropuls in North America. With increased emphasis on sustainability and brownfield redevelopment, well owners increasingly look to more cost-effective, long-term well development and maintenance solutions. Underperforming wells limit removal rates, shorten pump life, and increase remediation time and costs. The performance of recovery wells…Read more

Gus Ezcurra’s Vision is EcoView

Back in the mid-1990s, Gus Ezcurra knew he had a good idea whose time just hadn’t come yet: In-home technology that could control energy consumption. He and his business partner, Tom Naylor, were already working with the latest in-home control technology for other types of devices, such as those that…Read more

Regional Report
Buffalo Niagara Region

Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS Buffalo Niagara is a part of the Great Lakes region of North America, comprising most of western New York in the U.S. and the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. The Regional Institute of the University of Buffalo has defined the region as including the eight westernmost counties…Read more

Regional Report
Buffalo Niagara Region: Bob Gale Complex

LOCATION: Niagara Falls, Ontario PROPOSED USE: New sports complex will house four NHL-sized ice surfaces, including one 2,000 seat arena, and will replace several older recreation centers around the community. When completed, Niagara Falls will have the most up-to-date, modern facility in the region, as the center will be used…Read more

Regional Report
Buffalo Niagara Region: Buffalo Color Redevelopment

LOCATION: 1337 South Park Avenue, 229 Elk Street and 85 Lee Street in Buffalo. PROPOSED USE: Light industrial use. The project will allow for public access to significant riverfront green space; provide potential for new jobs and tax revenues; offer a catalyst for other redevelopment initiatives in the broader Elk…Read more

Regional Report
Buffalo Niagara Region: People

Paul Curran, Senior Executive Vice President, Axio Power & Apex Wind Energy Curran and his colleagues at Axio Power and Apex Wind have developed some of the world's leading brownfield renewable energy projects. These include the 20 Megawatt Steel Winds Project located on an abandoned steel mill in Lackawanna, N.Y.,…Read more

Regional Report
Buffalo Niagara Region: Policies

New York State Environmental Cleanup & Brownfields Nearly every community in New York State is affected by contaminated and abandoned properties, or brownfield sites. Left untouched, brownfields pose environmental, legal and financial burdens on a community and its taxpayers. However, after cleanup, these sites can again become the powerful engines…Read more

Regional Report
Buffalo Niagara Region: Steel Winds

LOCATION: Lackawanna, New York REDEVELOPED USE: A 20-megawatt wind farm with eight turbines generating enough electric power for 9,000 residents. The wind turbines deliver power to the area power grid through electrical infrastructure that remained from the previous uses. SITE BACKGROUND: The site once housed one of the largest steel…Read more

State of Practice

The topic of sustainable remediation continues to be prominent news. The Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) held it's10th meeting in June in Chicago. SURF is a collaborative forum focused on developing the ability to use sustainability concepts in remedial action decision-making, including brownfields. Approximately 50 people with deep interest in sustainable…Read more

(Bio) Mass Transit: What's the Use?

Source: energy.gov Spent beer yeast, invaluable grass clippings and already-processed vegetable oil from a local restaurant. They all appear to be useless compounds. But guess again. Never has the term "one man's waste is another man's treasure" been more applicable than with what's taking shape in the renewable energy camp,…Read more

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