• 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


December 2010

Life, Liberty, and Sustainability   in Philadelphia
Brownfield Briefs
Life, Liberty, and Sustainability in Philadelphia

Photo courtesy of © Michael W. Murphy / flickr.com For three pivotal days, leaders from across the land will converge in Philadelphia to determine ways to improve the lives of American citizens. Sound familiar? Not unlike our founding fathers during the signing of the Declaration of Independence one summer almost…Read more

Rivers Casino
Case Study
Rivers Casino

Photo courtesy of © aaranya / flickr.com Located along the Ohio River, Rivers Casino serves as an essential node in the westward development of the city’s North Shore. This growth was recommended in the City’s 1998 Downtown Plan to redevelop underutilized areas directly across the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh.…Read more

Editor's Letter
Making Beautiful Music in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

We challenge you: Try and single out a brownfield industry person of the year. Talk about a potential hornet’s nest to confront—an accident waiting to happen. Inevitably, someone feels snubbed by the blatant oversight. Time Magazine seems to pull such a process off every year, generating excitement, debate and lively…Read more

Brownfields to Brightfields in Greenfield, Mass.

In August 2010, the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued the first-ever Landfill Post Closure Use Permit for a solar facility in the Bay State, paving the way for construction and installation of a 2-MW photovoltaic array on a closed landfill in the town of Greenfield. Abandoned industrial sites…Read more

Feature Focus
Transforming an Industrial Waterfront

The Traverse City, Mich. waterfront was like many northern industrial towns during the first half of the last century. The waterfront was filled with railroads, shipping docks, lumber mills, manufacturing facilities, and a power plant. As early as the 1930’s city leaders with a vision began the long process of…Read more

Green & LEED
Green Roof Design - Front-End Loading for Success

Not all green roofs are created equally. Designing a green roof for maximum storm water absorption may be quite different than one where daily use as garden space by tenants is the primary goal. It's not only about the design but about the professionals hired to execute the plan. But…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
The 14th National Brownfields Conference

cosponsored by the U.S. EPA and ICMA, heads to Philadelphia, PA, on April 3-5. A partnership between the U.S. EPA and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has developed the National Brownfields Conference into the premier international forum focused on redeveloping brownfield properties and promoting environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
The St. Paul Pragmatist

BROWNFIELD RENEWAL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010 MONTE M. HILLEMAN Single dad, music maker, and environmental idealist. That’s how Monte M. Hilleman describes himself on his Facebook page. But the 37-year-old vice president of redevelopment for the Saint Paul Port Authority (SPPA) is considering making a change in that last…Read more

Insurance Focus
Four Decades of Deals

Sellers and buyers of contaminated property have struggled for years to find solutions that work to both protect the seller and minimize the future liability cost to the buyer. Other than for industries with well-known, historical wastes, the 1970s commercial property agreements oftentimes contained the phrase “seller warrants that the…Read more

Legislative Briefs
Litigation Focus: Holding Polluters Accountable for Cleanup

Photo courtesy of © erasergirl / flickr.com Funding of brownfield redevelopment projects is always a challenge. For many projects, the parties who are responsible for the contamination are long gone and there is no hope of obtaining any financial contribution toward remediation efforts. Where the polluter is viable, however, the…Read more

Risk Management
Reverse Site Selection: An End-User Focused Redevelopment Strategy

For companies and communities alike, brownfields might be the most underused and misunderstood resource available. Many of brownfield properties are situated at key locations that once maximized their owners’ access to raw materials, to markets, logistics networks, and key utilities. Many of these properties are also located near ports, along…Read more

View from the Field
Know Your Brownfield Inventory Cold

Presumably, one of your jobs in some way involves the marketing and sales of brownfield sites in your community. It just might not be in your job description. And for anyone experienced in the marketing and sales process, whether it’s brownfield sites or widgets, you know that sales is a…Read more

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