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December 2008

Developing a Vision in Oakland
 
Case Study
Developing a Vision in Oakland

Case Study Overview A grand opening was held September to celebrate a well-conceived, well-executed brownfield project in the “other” City by the Bay—Oakland, Calif. The Uptown project today consists of 665 apartments, 9,000 square feet of retail space and a new public park. The development symbolizes what cities, together with…Read more

 
Environmental
AIG Bailout Could Limit ‘Riskier’ Brownfield Redevelopment Deals

It’s been a roller coaster ride for the past several weeks as a substantial number of significant financial institutions have required federal assistance, including American International Group, Inc., the parent company of AIG Commercial Insurance. Developers are understandably nervous about AIG’s willingness to pay claims under existing environmental insurance policies…Read more

 
Environmental
Count on It…

$1.5 million the amount of funding the EPA is providing for new Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants *   100 pounds the amount the average home can accumulate of household hazardous waste in the basement or garage and in storage closets in one year *  Read more


 
Environmental
Triple Bottom Line: How A Brownfield Redevelopment Project Paid Off Threefold

When a developer takes on a slab of contaminated, abandoned land, cleans it, rehabilitates it, develops it, and transforms it into a useful component of a thriving economy and community, I’d call that a success by any measure. But what exactly are the measures of that success? Can you put…Read more

 
Green & LEED
Celebrities who Champion Brownfield Projects - Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Golden State for Brownfields

With his larger-than-life persona, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes no small plans, especially when it comes to the environment. And brownfield redevelopment has been on the “Governator’s” agenda since he was first elected to lead California in 2003. In 2004, Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that lessened restrictions on…Read more

 
Green & LEED
Celebrities who Champion Brownfield Projects - Bette Midler: Divine Green Spaces in Manhattan

Bette Midler’s bold, brassy style has made her a force of nature in the entertainment world. What many of the actress/singer’s fans may not know, however, is that the Divine Miss M has also become a force of nature in helping to redevelop New York City’s most environmentally unfriendly public…Read more

 
Green & LEED
Celebrities who Champion Brownfield Projects - Dave Bing: Getting the Ball Rolling on Detroit’s Riverfront

Dave Bing may have divested himself from Detroit’s Watermark condo project when he threw his hat into the city’s mayoral ring this fall, but he’s made his mark in brownfield circles nonetheless. The former Detroit Pistons basketball player helped jumpstart major riverfront development on a former cement plant site when…Read more


 
Green & LEED
Celebrities who Champion Brownfield Projects - Jerome Bettis: Working Overtime in Detroit

One brownfield redevelopment project in Detroit just wasn’t enough for former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis. The Detroit native has signed on for two major redevelopment efforts on the city’s riverfront, where several former industrial sites are undergoing a massive cleanup and renovation (see related story pg.…Read more

 
Green & LEED
Celebrities who Champion Brownfield Projects - Kerry Washington: Reclaiming the South Bronx

With high-profile roles in movies like “Ray,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “The Last King of Scotland,” actress Kerry Washington has come a long way from her Bronx roots. But the New York native is determined to help turn the blighted properties of her hometown borough into open green spaces…Read more

 
Green & LEED
Celebrities who Champion Brownfield Projects - Mayor Richard Daley: Going Green in Chicago

Chicago enjoys a national reputation as a city in the forefront of the “green” movement, thanks in large part to the environmental sensitivities of its legendary mayor, Richard M. Daley. In fact, Daley was one of the early major political players in the brownfield arena, starting with the Chicago Brownfields…Read more

 
Green & LEED
Celebrities who Champion Brownfield Projects - Sen. Hillary Clinton: Revitalizing Long Island

Senator Clinton is on the left, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman is in the middle, and Bishop Lionel Harvey is on the right. As a longtime champion of brownfield redevelopment, Sen. Hillary Clinton, (D-N.Y.), will soon see her hard work come to fruition in the Long Island community of New Cassel…Read more


 
Green & LEED
Overcoming Market Barriers to Green Development Practices

Looking back over the past 15 years, one of the keys to success of brownfields cleanup and reuse efforts nationwide has been the use of collaborative models for policy development and implementation. Brownfields advocates brought together expertise from a wide range of disciplines to work together to develop comprehensive solutions…Read more

 
In Transit
The Bridge to Somewhere

In August 2007, the I-35W Mississippi River bridge spanning the Big River that links Minnesota to Wisconsin collapsed to the river and riverbanks beneath during the evening rush hour, killing 13 people and injuring 145. Preliminarily blamed on design error, the eight-lane steel truss arch bridge, which was built in…Read more

 
Industrial Redevelopment
Star Power

Forget Kermit the Frog’s famous lament.When it comes to attracting celebrity attention for a good cause, it’s not easy being brown. Despite the growing array of movie star activists blogging about their electric cars, solar houses and public displays of affection for trees, brownfield redevelopment has yet to hit it…Read more

 
Industrial Redevelopment
US & Canadian Marketwatch (3Q 2008)

US Metropolitan Office Market What's Hot   Vacancy Rates   Manhattan 5.9% Honolulu 9.3% Miami 9.9% Los Angeles 10.2% Portland 10.7%       What's Not   Vacancy Rates   Detroit 24.7%Read more


 
Insurance Focus
Environmental Insurance in Turbulent Economic Seas

The crisis on Wall Street and the turbulence across world economies has generated a large and spreading wake that has touched even the environmental insurance industry. In times like this, the best move is often to avoid reaction, and instead take pause to survey the landscape, reconsider practices, and make…Read more

 
Legislative Briefs
The 110th Congress: How Did Brownfields Fare?

The 110th Congress left town for good in early October after grappling with a significant economic crisis that consumed the last several weeks of the session and left a number of legislative proposals, including reauthorization of the EPA brownfield program, on the back burner. Although the outgoing 110th Congress considered…Read more

 
Profiles
Breaking Ground: Subaru

Think it’s impossible to assemble a car and have no materials end up in a landfill? Think again. Originally built in 1989, the Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) plant in Lafayette, Ind., has proven that it cannot only drastically reduce the amount of material that finds its way to a…Read more

 
Profiles
Spotlight: Deana Carillo

Move over Boy Wonder, here comes CALReUSE Supergirl, Deana Carrillo. Boy Wonder may be able to leap buildings in a single bound, but Deana can administer millions of dollars to a worthy project. As the Program Manager for the California Recycle Underutilized Sites (CALReUSE) and the Sustainable Communities Grant and…Read more


 
Regional Report
Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest has long been viewed as a pioneering region in adopting sustainable development practices. Back in the early to mid-1990’s, these principles were carried out by fledgling coalitions such as Sustainable Northwest, established in 1994 within a charter that “envisions an economy and society where people, communities and…Read more

 
Regional Report
Pacific Northwest: People

Gil Wistar  Brownfields Coordinator, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland As Brownfields Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in Portland, Wistar keeps abreast of brownfield opportunities and needs across the state. Due to lean staffing and a focus on its core mission of protecting human health and…Read more

 
Regional Report
Pacific Northwest: Policy

OREGON In April 2004, Oregon established the Industrial Brownfields Redevelopment Strategy, recognizing that the cleanup and reuse of industrial brownfields has a number of benefits for the state and local communities. This includes efficient use of public infrastructure investment, bringing underutilized or vacant properties back to taxable use, and reduced…Read more

 
Regional Report
Pacific Northwest: Projects

Susan Buel Elementary School (Oregon) LOCATION: McMinnville, Ore. SITE BACKGROUND:An empty field until the early 1950s, the asphalt plant was in full operation by the early 1960s until the mid-1990s when it was idled, vacated and eventually abandoned. From the mid-1990s until the site was cleaned up, it was used…Read more


 
View from the Field
California Prop 1c Grant Monies Help Cities, Communities ‘ReUSE’ Brownfield Sites

Does your community have contaminated and blighted properties with limited or no redevelopment options due to lack of available remediation funding? Would redevelopment opportunities be more feasible if you could obtain state clean-up funds targeted for residential and mixed use projects? Proposition 1C, the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund…Read more

 
View from the Field
Taking Ownership of Sustainability in Flagstaff

Sustainability has become a buzz word in our society. As a former pollution prevention specialist, I can see the connection between brownfields and sustainability immediately. For me, sustainability means doing everything within one’s power to ensure the way we live enhances the health of the Earth, empowers humanity, reduces human…Read more

 
Women
Women on the Move

Julie Byrd Scientist III/Client Development, Brown & Caldwell consulting firm, Atlanta Raised on a dairy farm in the rural Appalachian Mountains, Byrd developed a strong appreciation for the value of land that has served her well throughout her career, which is marked by a decade of experience managing a wide…Read more


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