• 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 2007

From Landfill to Riverfront Park

What could be more pleasant than a riverside park with a marina, camping and multi-use trails within minutes of the revitalized downtown of a major metropolitan area? Kansas City, Mo., is developing such a park along the Missouri River on the closed Riverfront Landfill. When completed, the new Riverfront Park…Read more

Charitable Brownfield Cleanup Drives Community-Wide Benefits
Industrial Redevelopment
Charitable Brownfield Cleanup Drives Community-Wide Benefits

In the steep mountains of the Oregon Coast Range between the fertile Willamette Valley and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, lies the former town of Nashville, Ore. It was near here that Carol Adams and her late husband, Bill Brown, founded the Coastal Range Food Bank, a charitable…Read more

Military Brownfields Demand Explosive Considerations
Industrial Redevelopment
Military Brownfields Demand Explosive Considerations

Uncle Sam’s sell-off of former military bases under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program continues under 2005 recommendations that may affect some 800 installations. Some sites are relatively pristine, while others, impacted by years of military use, are literally rife with explosive issues. Though many of these sites face…Read more

Legislative Briefs
Collaboration a Key to Success

It is a story that is played out in cities and towns across Pennsylvania: the municipality’s major employer succumbs to economic pressures, leaving hundreds without jobs. Over time, the site sits idle, while the municipality loses out on commercial revenue and struggles with a smaller tax base. Armstrong World Industries’…Read more

Legislative Briefs
Introduction to HAZWOPER

The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), created under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, is to assure the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in…Read more

Legislative Briefs
Time to Look at the Whole Picture

Everyone wants to be green these days. Turn on the TV and you see commercials about oil companies building windmills. Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program, the term “green building” no longer needs explanation. Even the ultimate brownfield prize, the Phoenix Award, includes…Read more

Brownfields and the 110th Congress: A Mid-Year Report

As the 110th Congress reached its midpoint nearing the 2007 winter holiday recess, brownfields were gaining more attention on Capitol Hill. The EPA and the Bush Administration continue to support the brownfields program (see table), touting its impacts and results, and key members of Congress are considering the potential impact…Read more

The Urban Romance of Sean Galbraith

All Photographs by Sean Galbraith, www.SMLG.ca They call it urban exploration. “They” are photographers with an eye, a curiosity and an appreciation for abandoned sites, documenting what Sean Galbraith calls the life cycle of inanimate objects. By day, Galbraith is a land use planner in the municipal law section of…Read more

Regional Report
Austin Converts Brownfield to Blackland (Prairie, That Is)

In Austin, Texas, the former municipal airport is fast being transformed into the new Mueller community, a mixed-use urban village located just three miles from the center of town. The project has all the characteristics of a classic brownfield—a large-scale, inner-city site in need of environmental remediation. At Mueller, however,…Read more

Regional Report
ClimatSol to Green Brownfield Redevelopment in Quebec

Quebec recently unveiled an enhanced program for subsidizing brownfield redevelopment within the province. The new program, called ClimatSol, replaces ReviSol, a similar plan that ended in 2006. While ReviSol focused strictly on redevelopment, ClimatSol will expand its efforts to uphold the rules of the Kyoto Protocol and require all eligible…Read more

Regional Report
Community Organization Helps South Bronx Go Green

The South Bronx has witnessed the birth of hip hop, Jennifer Lopez and Al Pacino. Now it has a front-row seat to an environmental renaissance, as the community turns injustice into economic empowerment. With the help of Sustainable South Bronx (SSB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the beleaguered neighborhood…Read more

Regional Report
Former Indianapolis Brownfield Gets New Resident, Adds 50 Jobs

It was abandoned in 2002 after its last occupant, the Dynagear Corp, shut down valve production and moved out of the city. The building is part of a $20 million expansion that promises to bring over 50 new jobs to the area. Major Tool and Machine has been awarded a…Read more

Regional Report
Mission Bay Gets a Makeover

San Francisco’s Mission Bay redevelopment is one of the West Coast’s highest-profile brownfield projects, transforming former railyards into a mixed-use, mixed-density extension of the urban fabric. The site is home to several thousand existing or planned residential units, nearly 50 acres of public parks and open space, major bioscience and…Read more

Special Focus
Integrating Sustainability Into Remediation of Brownfield Sites

The DuPont Corporate Remediation Group (CRG) now distinguishes between and selects remedial actions based on sustainability by performing sustainable remediation assessments at brownfield sites. The assessments involve quantifying the elements of various remedial options and calculating parameters such as carbon dioxide generation and fuel consumption. An industrial site in Martinsville,…Read more

View from the Field
Public Outreach Proposal Not So Daunting

Environmental justice, public outcry, NIMBYs, and costly, protracted litigation, are just some of the doomsday phrases that come to mind when developers, corporations and elected officials consider the recent New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed public notification rules for increasing public participation in site remediation cases. Last summer,…Read more

Marcia Wallace: Ontario's Brownfield Problem Solver

Problem solving is a craft that requires equal parts logic, creativity and finesse. Roosevelt employed this formula to rescue the country from the Great Depression. Churchill applied it to broker international peace. MacGyver used it—in addition to a Swiss Army knife and stick of chewing gum—to get himself out of…Read more

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