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EPA Funds Greener Brownfields Projects

Release Date: 07/29/2008
Contact Information: Latisha Petteway, (202) 564-4355 / petteway.latisha@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - July 29, 2008) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing more than $500,000 in technical assistance for 16 Brownfields Sustainability Pilots. Assistance will support sustainable activities such as the reuse and recycling of construction and demolition materials, green building and infrastructure design, energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy development, and native landscaping.

“Brownfields redevelopment and sustainable reuse can go hand in hand,” said Susan Bodine, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “These pilots will demonstrate best practices that can be used by other communities across the country.”

EPA will work with communities to incorporate sustainable redevelopment into the planning, design, and implementation of their brownfields projects. Each pilot project will receive between $20,000 and $50,000 in assistance. Pilot examples include:

  • Analysis of green roof systems for a brownfields project in Roxbury, Mass.
  • Feasibility analysis of reusing and recycling materials from closed textile mills in Valley, Ala.
  • Green building and green infrastructure design at a former smelter in San Juan County, Colo.
  • Assistance with applying green building principles and providing community training at a former gas station being converted into a community center in Portland, Ore.

Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. In January 2002, President Bush signed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, which increased funding, expanded authority, and provided liability protection to help communities revitalize brownfields. EPA provides grants, technical assistance and training to support local brownfields efforts.

For more information on the Brownfields Sustainability Pilots, go to: epa.gov/brownfields/sustain_plts/index.htm