• 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


August 2010

A New Era for Pontiac
Economic Development
A New Era for Pontiac

When the Smurfit-Stone paper mill closed in November 2008 in Portage-du-Fort, Quebec, a small village in the Pontiac Region one hour outside of the nation’s capital in Ottawa, the economic impact was devastating. The closing of the four-decade old mill left some 500 area residents unemployed, sending the region’s unemployment…Read more

Editor's Letter
The Global Brownfield Stage: Let’s Discuss

Do you care about the state of brownfields in other countries, from Western Europe to Russia to South and Latin America to the Pacific Rim? Or more specifically, do you care about reading about it in your Brownfield journal for the record (that would be this one)? It’s an interesting…Read more

‘Green’ with Envy About 2010 RA Judges Roster
‘Green’ with Envy About 2010 RA Judges Roster

Rosanne Albright is accustomed to getting things done in the Valley of the Sun. Managing the city of Phoenix’s Brownfields Land Recycling Program since its inception in 1998, Albright conducts the day-to-day management of the program and is the liaison with other city departments, government agencies and the public. In…Read more

Project of the Month: Barnett Shale

PROPERTY SIZE/END USE: The Barnett Shale, currently the largest natural gas-producing field in the U.S., covers an area of approximately 5,000 square miles in North Texas. Since 2006, Chesapeake has purchased more than 700 acres of Brownfield property in Tarrant and Johnson Counties for the purposes of exploring for and…Read more

Environmental Remediation
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

Green & LEED
Pittsburgh’s Allegheny River Towns look to Green Jobs for Economic Revival

© Hannaford / flickr.com Older industrial cities face a common plight—a surplus of vacant and under-utilized former industrial land, combined with poor economic conditions and an unfavorable lending environment, leading toward “redevelopment stagnation.” Some have postulated that matching up green jobs with brownfield sites in these older communities is the…Read more

In Transit
Austin Gets Smart With Employee-Driven Car-Share Pilot

If more of the 1,100 employees in Austin, Texas, start requesting additional “field work” from their supervisors, there’s a valid explanation: In a year-long pilot program, the city of Austin is testing a transportation concept called car2go—carried out in conjunction with German auto maker Daimler AG. The car-share initiative represents…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Global Brownfields: The European Scene

Survey the European brownfield landscape, and you’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore. Even a ballpark estimate of European brownfield numbers remains an elusive goal, say experts, because every country uses different terminology for its contaminated land. "We conducted some work in Europe on brown…Read more

‘Chef’s Specialty’: NYC’s Municipal Brownfield Cleanup Program

Voila! The nation’s first municipal brownfield cleanup plan. While many cities have exciting brownfields efforts, New York is the first to have its own municipally-run brownfield remediation program. On August 9, 2010 a Memorandum of Agreement was announced with the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, which following city…Read more

Regional Report
Plains States: People

Lana McPherson, City Clerk, DeSoto, Kan. McPherson has served as city clerk with the city of De Soto since 1998. Prior to that appointment, she was a legal assistant for 21 years in Johnson County, Kan. Attending Rockhurst College and Johnson County Community College, McPherson earned her Certified Professional Secretary…Read more

Regional Report
Plains States: Policies

Oklahoma: For more information on brownfield rules and regulations in the state, please visit: http://www.deq.state.ok.us/lpdnew/brownfindex.html Kansas: For more information on brownfield rules and regulations in the state, please visit: http://www.kdheks.gov/brownfields/index.html…Read more

Regional Report
Plains States: Branson Landing and Convention Center

LOCATION: Sycamore and Pacific streets, Branson, Mo. BACKGROUND: This 95-acre site situated along Lake Taneycomo was originally home to a marina, trout fishing cottages, and a gas station. The area across Box Car Willie Dr. was formerly occupied by a petroleum plant, a hardware store, and private residences. The city…Read more

Regional Report
Plains States: City of Oklahoma City/Dell Inc.

PROPERTY SIZE/END USE: The site covers 66.0799 acres. The Dell customer service center was built in 2005. HISTORY: The site is a former unpermitted construction and demolition (C&D) landfill which also accepted some municipal waste. Landfill activities took place between 1950 and the late 1970’s. The property is located adjacent…Read more

Regional Report
Plains States: Focus on Kansas, Oklahoma A Bumper Crop of Brownfields

© TheFriendlyFiend / flickr.com Like most of its neighboring Plains States, Kansas places a lot of stock in its rich, productive farmlands. Greenfields are supposed to remain pristine, and in Kansas the encroachment on farmland for redevelopment has two options: Slim and none. Like the crops that yield a large…Read more

Brownfield Site Inventories: A Tale of Two Indiana Counties

What do you do with 44 drawers crammed full of brownfield site files? In Elkhart County, Ind., those file cabinets were replaced with an easy-to-use Web-based GIS tool called e-Atlas, which offers instant access to the region’s 5,000 brownfield sites. The e-Atlas tool has been so successful, in fact, that…Read more

View from the Field
‘Mine’ Your Own Business!

When searching for a renewable asset site, solar and wind farm developers generally focus on land control and land availability—features that active and inactive mines have in abundance. You just have to know where to look. Your best bet likely is going to be land assets associated with the mining…Read more

View from the Field
Global Redevelopment Awareness Takes Many Forms

I traveled within the last several months to visit relatives in Northern Europe and to Engineers Without Borders (EWB) assignments deep into Central America. My mind is reeling with the dichotomy of cultures. What in the world is the meaning of a “brownfield” in these cultures? Germany, Denmark, Sweden and…Read more

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