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Workshop Materials

Archived Workshop Materials
    June 16, 2015 Brownfields Resources and Partners Workshop materials available here – link to
June 17, 2015 EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategies Workshop materials available here – link to  

August 2014 Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program co-hosted Brownfield workshop materials available at   and at

Guidance Documents

Brownfields-Greyfields Toolkit - The  Brownfield-Greyfield Redevelopment Financing Toolkit for Local Government Officials focuses on ways to make better use of existing financial tools, such as tax credits, HUD CDBG and HUD 108, Clean Water State Revolving Funds, tax increment financing, Supplementary Environmental Projects, and insurance recovery.  The report also highlights well-regarded brownfields incentive tools from other states.

Greener Cleanups Contracting and Administrative Toolkit

U.S. EPA PREPARED is the Process for Risk Evaluation, Property Analysis, And Reuse Decisions.  It is a risk management framework for evaluating various actions local governments (or others) might take to bring about a desired reuse of a brownfield property.

Compendium of Redevelopment Successes at Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Sites - Version 1  (December 2014)

New Adjuncts to ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups (ASTM E2893-13e1).

Measuring the value of brownfields remediation – In August 2014, the National Bureau of Economic Research released a paper that for the first time estimates the effects of brownfields cleanup across the entire federal Brownfields Program—and the numbers aren’t small. In addition to increasing property values anywhere from 4.9 to 11.1 per-cent, the study found that each cleanup site created an additional $3,917,192 of value. Read the story from CityLab or access the paper here.

Advanced Tools for In-Situ Green Remediation Workshop (Read More)

Sustainable Communities Workshop (Read More)

Superfund Redevelopment Initiative & Risk Management Workshops (Read More)

Brownfields Redevelopment: A Guidebook for Local Governments and Communities

Brownfield Financing | Local Finance Program | Urban Development | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ICMA 2014 Brownfields Redevelopment Guide

Indiana Small Business Guide to Environmental, Safety, and Health Regulations

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Report on Vapor Intrusion into Indoor Air from Contaminated Groundwater 

Continuous Soil Gas Measurements:  Worst Case Risk Parameters
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Implementing Stormwater Infiltration Practices at Vacant Parcels and Brownfield Sites
U.S. EPA Guide Addresses Runoff at Brownfield Sites

2013 State Brownfields and Voluntary Response Programs Report and 2013 Tribal Brownfields and Response Programs Report.

IRTC's Technical & Regulatory Guidance Document:  Green and Sustainable Remediation:  A Practible Framework (GSR-2, 2011) and IRTC's Overview Document: Green and Sustainable Remediation:  State of the Science and Practice..

Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Contained-In Policy Guidance for the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
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U.S. EPA Notification of Regulated Waste Activity
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Smart Growth America Brownfields Redevelopment Tool
The Organizing to Promote Targeted Improvements in Our Neighborhoods (OPTIONs) Community Engagement Workbook
For more information, see Smart Growth America's website or contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. 

New CLU-IN Focus Area on Bioremediation

Environmental due diligence issues are clarified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in the following newly released U.S. EPA guidance documents:

ASTSWMO's Community Gardening on Brownfields Toolbox, October 2012

International District Energy Association (IDEA) Community Energy Development Guide

EPA's new publication provides and overview of the key federal tax incentives and credits available which can be leveraged for brownfields cleanup, redevelopment and reuse, including the Brownfields Tax Incentive.
A Guide to Federal Tax Incentives for Brownfields Redevelopment

Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program

Brownfields Federal Programs Guide

U.S. EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program Guidance Documents

Interim Resource Guide:  Greener Cleanups through Sustainable Materials Management

EPA's new document "Petroleum Brownfields: Developing Inventories" is intended to help those interested in developing an inventory of relatively low-risk, petroleum-contaminated brownfield properites.

EPA's Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE) has launched a new webpage that offers state and local government information on liability concerns related to the acquisition of contaminated property, whether by involuntary acquisition or through a negotiated purchase.

Recover Your Resources - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Construction and Demolition Materials at Land Revitalization Projects EPA-560-F-08-242 (April 2008)

Green Remediation: Incorporating Sustainable Enrivonmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites, EPA/OSWER Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. (April 2008)

Green Remediation Technical Primer - Green Remediation is the practice of considering all environmental effects of remedy implementation and incorporating options to maximize net environmental benefit of cleanup actions.

Risk Integrated System of Closure (RISC)

EPA OSWER Draft Guidance for Evaluating the Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air Pathway from Groundwater and Soils (Subsurface Vapor Intrusion Guidance)

"Institutional Controls: A Citizen's Guide to Understanding Institutional Controls at Superfund, Brownfields, Federal Facilities, Underground Storage Tanks, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Cleanups" (U.S. EPA, OSWER 9255.0-98)

Vapor Intrusion Issues at Brownfield Sites (December 2003) Prepared by The Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council Brownfields Team

Brownfields Redevelopment: A Guidebook for Local Governments and Communities (2003)

E1984-03 Standard Guide for Process of Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment
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Indianapolis Brownfields Redevelopment Toolbox

Road Map to Understanding Innovative Technology Options for Brownfields Investigation and Cleanup (September 2005)

Directory of Technology Support Services to Brownfields Localities

Opportunities for Petroleum Brownfields (EPA 510-R-11-002)



Brownfield Renewal is a national magazine that offers the latest brownfield industry news while providing an opportunity for people to connect and network with others in the industry.




U.S. EPA Connect – Blog:  Understanding the Benefits of Using a Community-Wide Approach to Reusing Brownfield Properties

Indiana Small Business Guide to Environmental, Safety and Health Regulations, Published in July 2008, Updated in February 2014
This guidance document is intended to teach users how to meet applicable compliance obligations, though it may not satisfy all regulatory requirements mandated by laws and their respective enforcement agencies. This guide is available online at .  Brownfield information is referenced under Chapter 8: Site Remediation Requirements [PDF].

ITRC Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Site Screening Guidance, October 2014
The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (IRTC), a state-led coalition whose goal is to improve environmental protections through innovative technologies, has released this Vapor Intrusion (VI) guidance to primarily help regulators and private sector practitioners involved in cleanups better screen out uncontaminated sites and focus their resources on contaminated ones.  VI occurs when vapors migrate upward into overlying buildings through cracks and gaps in the building floors, foundations, and utility conduits, and contaminate indoor air. Petroleum vapor intrusion is a subset of vapor intrusion (associated with chlorinated compounds), and this petroleum guidance complements upcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) VI Guidance documents. ITRC's guidance outlines an involved site screening process, and if this site-screening process does not allow elimination of a vapor intrusion pathway, then the process calls for a prescribed site investigation that ultimately decides if the petroleum vapor intrusion pathway is complete. For more information, the ITRC's guidance is available at

New Adjuncts to ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups (ASTM E2893-13e1)
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) incorporated recently released two adjuncts that facilitate use of the Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups. One adjunct is the Appendix X2 "Technical Summary Form" as a writable PDF (ADJE289301). The second adjunct is the Appendix X3 "Greener Cleanup BMPs" table containing over 160 best management practices (BMPs) in an Excel format (ADJE289302). With the Excel format, users can sort BMPs applying to particular remediation technologies and core elements and add more BMPs. These adjunct files are available to purchase from ASTM separately or at a reduced rate with the standard. For more information on purchasing the standard and adjuncts, see

ICMA Brownfields Redevelopment: A Guidebook for Local Governments and Communities— Second Edition 2014
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA)’s first edition was published in 1997, and many changes and transformations have occurred in the evolving field of brownfield redevelopment which are captured in this new edition that can be found at

Measuring the value of brownfields remediation  Read the story from CityLab or access the paper here.

"On the Road to Reuse:  Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool"  Report available at:

Roadmap for Auto Community Revitalization - The document provides resources and information for communities affected by the recent restructuring of the U.S. auto industry. Evaluation of the Brownfields Program - Part I and II (PDF) - 2012 report
Evaluation of the Brownfields Program - Part III (PDF) - 2012 report

Indiana finds a creative way to finance brownfields redevelopment. Article posted on May 16, 2013 by Smart Growth America.  Written by Meredith Gramelspacher, Director and General Counsel of the Indiana Brownfields Program.

Indiana's toolbox for creative brownfields financing includes one source that is seldom used outside of Indiana:  Supplemental Environmental Projects.  Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) are used by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Enforcement in negotiating settlements of enforcement cases. Click here for full article.

Engineering Issue Paper: Sustainable Materials Management in Site Cleanup (EPA 542-F-13-001)
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Sustainable Redevelopment Best Management Practices.  The research can be found at:

Repurposing Former Automotive Manufacturing Sites - a November 2011 U.S. Department of Labor report on closed auto manufacturing facilities in the United States, and what communities have done to repurpose the sites.  Please check out this link for more information:

Smart Growth America "From Vacancy to Vibrancy" - focuses on underground storage tank (UST) sites, properties with buried or partially buried tanks that have been used to store petroleum or other hazardous substances.  For more information, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at NEMWI.

Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments  The free primer is available at

Brownfields Road Map to Understanding Options for Site Investigation and Cleanup, Fifth Edition (EPA 542-R-12-001) - the new Brownfields Road Map publication and companion website provide a general outline of how to assess and clean up a brownfields site and introduce stakeholders to a range of technology options and available resources.  View or download at

An Approach for Evaluating the Progress of Natural Attenuation in Groundwater (EPA 600-R-11-204)
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New Green Remediation Focus RSS Feed  For more information and to subscribe, visit or

Technology News and Trends (EPA 542-N-12-001) - this issue highlighs strategies being used to remediate contaminated soil, sediment, or groundwater while restoring a site's ecological system. View or download at

Technology Innovation News Survey - this contains market/commercialization information; reports on demonstrations, feasibility studies and research; and other news relevant to the hazardous waste community interested in technology development.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled "Sustainability and the U.S. EPA is intended to help the U.S. EPA better assess the social, environmental, and economic impacts of its decision-making.  The report is available for free and is posted online at:

Resources for Recreational Reuses

Trust for Public Land-Resources for Brownfields to Park Projects  The Trust for Public Land devotes several web pages to brownfield to park modeal projects and brownfield to urban sculpture gardens. TPL's Center for City Park Excellence documents the role of parks in 75 new redevelopment projects accross the country. Peter Harnick's book "Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities" (Island Press, 2010) offers "16 practical and realistic methods of making new parks in every kind of U.S. city, even such crowded places as Boston, Chicago, San Fransisco, and New York."

Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Incentives for Greener Cleanups

Using Tax Increment Financing for Brownfields Redevelopment (2007) by Evans Paull, Northeast-Midwest Institute

Strategies for Success: Regional Approaches to Brownfields Redevelopment (June 2006) National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation

Targeted Area Redevelopment (2005) by the International Economic Development Council
This publication examines core issues and best practices in targeted area redevelopment, which derives synergy from the improvement of multiple properties.

Brownfields Insurance for Public Sector-Led Development Projects: Experience and Methods (May 2005) This latest report, co-authored by Northern Kentucky University and University of Louisville under a grant from US EPA, recounts the role of environmental insurance in three public sector-led development efforts over a period of more than two years.

Updated version - Brownfields Federal Programs Guide (August 2005) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
There are nearly two dozen federal programs that can help communities in one way or another to assess, cleanup and reuse brownfields.

State Brownfield Insurance Programs (December 2006) by Northern Kentucky University /University of Louisville Document

State Brownfields and Voluntary Response Programs: An Update from the States (November 2009) ("State Program Summary") by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency This user-friendly tool looks at multiple components of state brownfields and voluntary response program(s), and provides a synopsis of each state's response program(s) and contact information.

Brownfield Redevelopment: Stakeholders Report That EPA's Program Helps to Redevelop Sites, but Additional Measures Could Complement Agency Efforts (December 2004) by the U.S. Government Accounting Office

GIS and Brownfields: Encouraging Redevelopment, Public Involvement, and Smart Growth (2004)
This brochure provides an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) products and their importance in the brownfields redevelopment systems.

Communication on Contaminated Land Booklet (December 2004) by Lida Schelwald-vd Kley from NICOLE, the Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe. This report recognizes the need for practical guidance on risk communication in the context of sustainable land management.

RCRA in Focus: Construction, Demolition, and Renovation (September 2004) by U.S. EPA's Office of Solid Waste This publication is intended to provide a basic understanding of the regulatory requirements for hazardous construction and demolition waste. Features include information on managing and reducing hazardous C & D wastes.

Unlocking Brownfields: Keys to Community Revitalization (Fall 2004) by NALGEP and Northeast-Midwest Institute This report represents the culmination of a decade of research and experience focused on brownfields reuse and includes the "10 Keys to Brownfields Revitalization."

Six Common Threads: Weaving Successful Brownfields Projects In Rural and Small Communities (December 2003) by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

Brownfield Sites II: Assessment, Rehabilitation and Development (May 2004) by A. DONATI and C. ROSSI, University of Siena, Italy and C.A. BREBBIA, Wessex Institute of Technology, UK

Incorporating Brownfields Revitalization Projects into Regional Comprehensive Economic Planning - The Impact on Rural and Small Metropolitan Redevelopment (October 2004) by the National Association of Development Organizations

Updated version - Reusing Land and Restoring Hope: A Report to Stakeholders from the US EPA Brownfields Program (2003) Investing in Partnerships, Possibility, and People: A Report to Stakeholders from the US EPA Brownfields Program (2005)

Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation (November 2003) by ICMA and the Smart Growth Network This primer provides states and communities a mix of policy options that can be mixed and matched to fit local circumstances, visions and values; and highlights steps that the private sector can take to encourage more livable communities.

Co-location: Facilitating Revitalization Beyond Brownfields Borders (October 2003) by Elizabeth Stasiak, ICMA Co-location is the revitalization strategy of linking the redevelopment of brownfields with nearby or adjacent properties that-like brownfields-can be a challenge to redevelop.

Using the Triad Approach to Streamline Brownfields Site Assessment and Cleanup "Brownfields Technology Primer Series" (EPA 542-B-03-002) (June 2003).

Greenways for America by Charles Little This book details the environmental, economic, recreational, and social benefits of greenways. Available for $20 from the Conservation Fund, 1800 N. Kent St., Suite 1120, Arlington, VA 22209.

Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development by Chuck Flink, Loring Schwarz, and Robert Searns A "soup-to-nuts" guide to the practical issues involved in planning and designing greenways and trails. This book is no longer in publication, please check your local library for availability.

Recreational Trails Program Publications U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

Acting Neighborly: Coordination of Brownfields Redevelopment Efforts Among Neighboring Jurisdictions (2003) by the International City/County Management

Financing Strategies for Brownfield Cleanup and Redevelopment (June 2003) by Charles Bartsch or Barbara Wells of the Northeast-Midwest Institute

Brownfield Sites: Assessment, Rehabilitation and Development This book features papers presented at Brownfields 2002, the First International Conference on assessment, Rehabilitation and Development of Brownfield Sites.

The Sustainable City II: Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (L. C. Wadhwa) A paper on the global perspectives in sustainable urban environments.

Growing Greener: Revitalizing Brownfields Into Greenspace (Fall 2002)
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Coordinating Brownfields Redevelopment and Local Housing Initiatives (2003) International City/County Management Association.

The Role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Brownfield Redevelopment (March 2003) by Barbara Wells of the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

Community Involvement in Brownfield Redevelopment (March 2003) by Charles Bartsch A report on the components of effective citizen participation in brownfield projects and its benefits for both communities and developers.

Brownfields Projects to Help Public Health Joel S. Hirschhorn, National Governors Association

Across Local Borders (January 2003) Elizabeth Stasiack from ICMA. This report explores the benefits and opportunities that regional coordination of brownfields redevelopment efforts can yield.

Growing Greener: Revitalizing Brownfields to Greenspace (2002) Danielle Miller Wagner and Riti Dhesi

Small Spaces, Special Places: Coordination of Rural Brownfields Redevelopment by Molly Singer (2002) This report details challenges and strategies for brownfields redevelopment as well as a range of funding opportunities. The report is extensively augmented by case studies and best practices.

Old Tools and New Measures: Local Government Coordination of Brownfields Redevelopment for Historic and Cultural Reuses by Molly Singer and Adam Ploetz (2002)

Linking Brownfields Redevelopment and Greenfields Protection for Sustainable Development (August 2001) Strategic actions presented in the report aim to promote sustainable development through urban revitalization and the preservation of agricultural lands and other open spaces.

Technical Approaches to Characterizing and Redeveloping Brownfields Sites: Municipal Landfills and Illegal Dumps January 2002 (EPA 625-R-02-002) This document helps users to understand the problems associated with redevelopment of these sites, the sources of information which may help to assess the sites, and the regulatory groups which should be involved in the process.

New Mission for Brownfields - Attacking Sprawl by Revitalizing Older Communities (2000) by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. This report reveals how some states are leading the way in brownfields cleanup projects by eliminating barriers to redevelopment and improving incentives and assistance to developers.

Valuing Contaminated Properties: An Appraisal Institute Anthology (2002) edited by Richard J. Roddewig, MAI, CRE. This book chronicals the stigma the market attaches to environmental risk, the evolution of the ongoing investigation in the appraisal literature, and the changing legal environment in which these issues are addressed.

Navigating the Waters: Coordination of Waterfront Brownfields Redevelopment (2002) by ICMA staff. This report examines the economic, environmental, public health, and social challenges and opportunities local governments face when redeveloping brownfields along coastlines and waterways, as well as the considerations that will affect regional watersheds.

Getting the Job Done: Strategies and Lessons Learned in Facilitating Brownfields Job Training (2002) by ICMA staff.

Brownfields and Utility Sites: A Primer for Local Governments (February 2002) by the Superfund/Brownfield Research Institute.

Recycling America's Gas Stations - The Value and Promise of Revitalizing Petroleum Contaminated Properties (2002) by the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals. This report concludes that tackling petroleum sites from the vantage point of redevelopment and reuse, rather than only from the perspective of contamination and cleanup, is key to UST fields success.

Reclamation and Economic Regeneration of Brownfields (2000) by Peter B. Meyer and H. Wade Van Landingham. This review will assist economic development organizations in understanding the problems and broad-ranging community benefits associated with brownfield projects.   1998 by Paula Duggan. This report explores the workforce dimension of brownfield renewal and offers local practitioners examples of how job training and employment can be melded with environmental restoration.

All Aboard For Revitalization: How Local Governments Can Restore America's Historic Train Stations (2000) This report details the role that local governments can play in leading station restoration projects. It provides a first stop reference on how to revitalize train centers, focusing primarily on the use of train stations as transportation centers.

Brownfields Blueprints: A Study of the Showcase Communities Initiative (2001) Brownfields Blueprints examines the landmark Brownfields Showcase Communities Initiative, a federal program to study and promote brownfields redevelopment in sixteen Showcase Communities across the nation.

Righting the Wrong: A Model Plant for Environmental Justice in Brownfields Redevelopment (2001) This publication is a guidebook that outlines steps a local entity can take to develop successful policies and practices when addressing existing environmental justice issues and the avoidance of future instances.

Beyond Fences: Brownfields and the Challenges of Land Use Controls (2000) Learn how local governments and communities design the necessary infrastructure and legal mechanisms to monitor long-term residual contamination and ensure protection of public health and the environment.

Redeveloping Brownfields with Federal Transportation Funds produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO). To download the report, click on the following URL:

Environmental Site Assessments and Their Impact on Property Values: The Appraiser's Role by Robert V. Colangelo, CPG and Ronald D. Miller, Esq., published by the Appraisal Institute in 1995. This book promises to give appraisers a better understanding of the documentation that exists in the field and how it can be used to augment and support the valuation process.

A Guidebook for Brownfield Property Owners (Washington, DC 1999) by the Environmental Law Institute.

A Blueprint for Brownfield Redevelopment Published by the Council of Great Lakes Governors in 1998,  For a copy of this publication, contact Pete Johnson.

Brownfields Redevelopment: Programs and strategies for rehabilitating contaminated real estate by Mark S. Dennison (1998).

The Re-Use of Contaminated Land: A Handbook of Risk Assessment by Tom Cairney. Risk assessment approach discusses reclaiming contaminated land for productive reuse to ensure the public and wider environment are not exposed to unacceptable risks (1995).

Redeveloping Brownfields: Landscape Architects, Planners and Developers by Tom Russ. Discusses the latest techniques in site evaluation, bioremediation and phytoremediation, strategies for government management, wastewater treatment, coordination with other professionals and stakeholders and more. CD-ROM contains state-by-state regulations, compliance checklists and resource databases (1999).

Zweig Market Intelligence Focus: Brownfields Outlook for A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms by Zweig White (1999).

Risk-Based Corrective Action and Brownfields Restorations: Proceedings of Sessions of Geo-Congress 98: October 18-21, 1998, Boston, Massachusetts(1998).

Brownfields: Redeveloping Distressed Properties by Harold J. Rafson and Robert N. Rafson. Covers all aspects of redeveloping environmentally distressed properties and looks at real estate issues (1999).

The Brownfields Book by Roy F. Weston and Jennifer & Block. A comprehensive guide on the legal and financial tools available to business, government, and community leaders to profitably redevelop Brownfields (1997).

Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property by Todd S. David and Kevin D. Margolis. A resource guide to Brownfields redevelopment, crossing a number of professional disciplines and providing readily available information on emerging state and federal programs (1997).

Environmental Insurance for Brownfields Redevelopment: A Feasibility Study. Explores whether a new tool, environmental insurance, can help stimulate the redevelopment of urban brownfields.

Brownfields by Charles Bartsch and Elizabeth Collaton. Sponsored by the Northeast-Midwest Institute, this study offers analysis and practical guidance on how Brownfields have been and can be brought back to life (1997).

Coming Clean for Economic Development by the Northeast-Midwest Institute. Describes innovative state "voluntary cleanup programs" and features in-depth case studies of projects that have worked.

Lessons from the Field: Unlocking Economic Potential with an Environmental Key by Edith Pepper. Profiles 20 brownfield projects across the country; identifies innovative financing strategies, regulatory mechanisms, institutional arrangements, cost-effective technologies and public-private partnerships.   ttp://

Brownfields Redevelopment: A Guidebook for Local Governments and Communities by the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the International City/County Management Association.

Turning Brownfields into Greenbacks: Developing and Financing Environment by Robert Simons. A guide for real estate practitioners in the development of brownfields (1998).

Federal Initiatives in Support of Brownfields Redevelopment by Ann Eberhart Goode, Elizabeth Collation and Charles Bartsch, with research assistance by Philip Strother and Bennett Gray. This inventory, targeted to local government officials and private-sector practitioners, provides a summary of each federal agency's brownfield programs, as well as contact and grant information.

Financing Brownfield Reuse edited by Charles Bartsch. This 11-article collection provides a detailed survey of state and federal initiatives; perspectives from lenders, insurers, and real estate appraisers; as well as profiles of local financing initiatives.

Marketing Brownfield Cleanup Technologies by Julie Gorte. This report explains that with the surge of interest in brownfield redevelopment, a few new technologies have been widely adopted, and a few others show promise.

Transportation Investments and Brownfields by David Smallen and Ann Eberhart Goode. This paper describes federal transportation spending and policies. It also outlines the manner in which transportation projects relate to brownfield reuse, and it describes the US Department of Transportation's policy direction with regard to brownfields.

Working on Brownfields: The Employment and Training Connection by Paula Duggan. This report explores the workforce dimension of brownfield renewal and offers local practitioners examples of how job training and employment can be melded with environmental restoration.

Report on Brownfields Insurance Products distributed by LGEAN. Produced by Northern Kentucky University and the E.P. Systems Group, Inc., this is a new report that focuses on environmental insurance products that are appropriate for purchase by public and private stakeholders involved in redeveloping brownfields, and is designed to guide users on the potential value of environmental insurance. It also examines other risk management techniques by reviewing the risks that are associated with brownfields projects and discussing ways that they may be addressed. To order a free copy of this report, contact LGEAN at 877/TO-LGEAN or send e-mail to the following address: lgean at

Repowering America's Land fact sheet - Potential Advantages of Reusing Potentially Contaminated Land for Renewable Energy

RE-Powering America's Land:  Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites

Rural Revitalization:  EPA's Brownfields Program Working With Small and Rural Communities fact sheet

New Guidebook: Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities -  is a guide to programs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities For more information, contact Beth Zgoda, Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.


Mention of non-IFA documents, reports and articles does not constitute an IFA endorsement of their contents, only an acknowledgment that they exist and may be relevant to our brownfields redevelopment stakeholders.


E-Tools for Brownfields


Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools - electronic, known to its friends as SMARTe, is an open-source (that means it's free!), web-based (you can get to it from any computer with an internet connection), decision support system for developing and evaluating future reuse scenarios for potentially contaminated land (that means it will help you decide how to best redevelop land that has previously been used for something else). SMARTe contains guidance and analysis tools for all aspects of the revitalization process including planning, environmental, economic, and social concerns.

The TAB program has been established as part of EPA's Brownfields Initiative to help communities clean and redevelop properties that have been damaged or undervalued by environmental contamination. The purpose of these efforts is to create better jobs, increase the local tax base, improve neighborhood environments, and enhance the overall quality of life.

The Center for Hazardous Substances Research (CHSR) website also provides information about the TAB Program at


  • The Redevelopment Institute is a new, online professional education and technical assistance hub focused on professional education of those engaged in revitalization of communities. This resource is open to all stakeholders working in the redevelopment arena to both take and provide training.

    The Redevelopment Institute is also the new home of the Sustainability Series -- over 4 years of the best of sustainable practices from around the country, as well as future webinars. In addition to these features, the Redevelopment Institute also maintains a Library of resources, which houses dozens of articles, fact sheets and guidance pertinent to many areas of redevelopment. Click here to explore the Redevelopment Institute website!


Other Brownfield or Brownfield-related Programs



Mention of non-Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) Web site links does not constitute an IFA endorsement of their contents, only an acknowledgement that they exist and may be relevant to our brownfields redevelopment stakeholders.

Project Highlights

A former Studebaker facility has been redeveloped into a new transfer/recycling station in South Bend, referred to as Green Tech Recycling (Green Tech). This is a great example of how thinking green for the environment can bring cost savings, new jobs, and community enrichment.

After a long industrial past, the former Studebaker Plant 8 facility sat vacant for 12 years. Mother Earth LLC (Mother Earth) then acquired the property in 2005 and invested $4 million for its demolition, remediation, and redevelopment. The Indiana Brownfields Program provided $45,123 in assessment and remediation grants to Saint Joseph County for the project, and the City of South Bend provided $67,000 in funding from a brownfield assessment grant that it received from the U.S. EPA.