As you know, cleaning up and redeveloping contaminated land is a great way to support economic growth AND protect public health and the environment. A bill to reauthorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields program has already been introduced in the Senate. Now, the House will consider a similar proposal and your representative needs to hear your support. Our partners at the National Brownfield Coalition and Smart Growth America have created an easy to use tool to help you voice your support for EPA Brownfields Programs:
Join me in standing up for brownfields: Send a letter to your representative today!
The EPA Brownfields program helps communities clean up and redevelop contaminated and abandoned land. This process can turn an empty lot into a new office building or homes, and can transform a neighborhood in the process. Brownfields projects also facilitate economic development by returning contaminated land and buildings to productive use and by retaining or adding jobs. The assessment, clean-up, area-wide planning, and revolving loan fund programs accomplish this by providing market-ready land on which to construct new facilities. These projects not only convert contaminated properties into productive use, but they also create much needed jobs in environmental assessment, clean up, demolition and construction, and other areas like manufacturing that are specific to the end user.
A House subcommittee will hold a hearing about this issue at 10:00 am on July 22, but that's only the beginning of a long process to see this program reauthorized. You can watch a live stream of committee hearing by clicking here on Wednesday morning, and a summary of the subject matter for the hearing is accessible online by clicking here.
Please join us in voicing support for brownfield redevelopment and send a letter to your representative today!
National Brownfield Conference & Legislative Briefing Breakfast – Save the Date
Save the Date - The 16th National Brownfields Conference will take place in Chicago,September 2-4, 2015. The conference focuses on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment, and includes three days of training, networking, and business development. At the national conference, NALGEP and the National Brownfields Coalition will once again partner to host a legislative breakfast and policy briefing onThursday September 3 from 7 – 8:15 am in the Continental Ballroom B at the Hilton Chicago. In addition to discussing recent trends in brownfields redevelopment, including the transformative impact land banks can have for redeveloping brownfields, we will also honor organizations for their innovative work in brownfields redevelopment and environmental justice. Please contact NALGEP President Gary Silversmith for more information about sponsorship opportunities, and please keep your eye out for info on how to sign up for the breakfast.
J. Justin Woods Announced as NALGEP Fellow
J. Justin Woods who joined NALGEP as a Summer Law Clerk and Brownfield Policy Intern in May 2015, will remain with the NALGEP as a Fellow working on legal and policy issues. Justin is a third year law and graduate student focusing on environmental law, public administration, and land use and sustainable development at Pace University (J.D. & M.P.A. exp. January 2016, and admitted to the L.L.M in Environmental Law program). He is also a Land Use & Sustainable Development Scholar at the Pace Land Use Law Center, which promotes the development of sustainable communities through innovative land use strategies. Justin has over 15 years of experience in municipal planning, brownfields, and community/economic development. As Director of Planning & Development in Ogdensburg, New York, Justin managed the cleanup and redevelopment planning for several former industrial sites. His team also secured and managed over $5,000,000 in brownfield assessment, cleanup, revolving loan, and planning grants, including 1 of the first 20 EPA Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Pilot grants. Justin will be assisting NALGEP in its fight for federal and state sustainability funding and policies that will benefit local communities. He can be reached at email@example.com or518.586.0109.
The NALGEP Board and Management Team