Resources and Tools

Resilient and Sustainable Communities through Brownfield Redevelopment - From Eyesore to Asset

Both practices have numerous applications in community development/redevelopment under a number of categories including energy, natural disasters, economic, health, and social.  The application of these practices can encompass a wide range of development/redevelopment undertakings but one commonly overlooked is how they can be applied to brownfield redevelopment.

Navigating Real Estate Development Tool

A tool developed by Groundwork USA designed to help stakeholders in brownfield-affected communities become more familiar with the nature of the real estate development process, its stages and details, all of which can inform advocacy efforts and help realize equity-oriented outcomes.

Planning with an Eye Toward Implementation: What All Communities Can Learn from Using a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Approach

A study prepared by Groundwork USA that outlines best practices designed to help brownfield redevelopment practitioners learn and implement the area-wide planning approach in their own brownfield affected communities.  To read more about this study please go to the following LINK.

USEPA Revitalization Tools for Communities

EPA’s Land Revitalization Program offers technical assistance to communities facing the challenge of identifying and implementing reuse alternatives for formerly contaminated properties.  Highlighted below are available tools and guidance to assist communities in finding and evaluating reuse alternatives for brownfields and other contaminated properties. These tools cover  a number of topics including:

  • Prioritizing Sites for Reuse
  • Getting Ready to Leverage
  • Preparing Stakeholder Workshops
  • Urban Agriculture & Aquaponics
  • Site Deconstruction & Materials Reuse
  • Residential Site Demolition
  • Coordinating Infrastructure Improvements
  • Manufacturing Reuse
  • Considering Changing Climate Conditions at Contaminated Sites

An overview of some of the Land Revitalization Tools is provided in the Land Revitalization Program Tools for Communities Factsheet.

Sample Successful Grant Applications

List of successful ARC, AWP, and Job Training grants.

Brownfield Bootcamp Downloads

Brownfield Bootcamps consist of intensive one-day learning labs for specific groups (e.g., Mayors) on specific brownfield issues such as resiliency, sustainability, funding, and placemaking.

EPA Regional and State Programs

List of websites with regulations and guidance to implement and improve environmental programs, policies, and procedures. 

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Decision Tree

Planning tool developed for organizations (i.e., communities, utility organizations, transit agencies) seeking to implement a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) program on contaminated or potentially contaminated sites (brownfields).  It is a tool for assessing risk and managing the unknowns associated with brownfield sites and is designed to be applied by entities that are implementing or intend to implement a larger scale program consisting of numerous sites.  To view the How-To Video that explains how to use the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Decision Tree, please go to the following LINK.

Naturally Resilient Communities Tool

Developed by the Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the American Planning Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Association of Counties, and the Association of State Floodplain Managers, this tool prompts users to select a hazard that their city faces, with options ranging from coastal erosion to stormwater flooding. Once a "hazard" is selected, a menu pops up listing relevant mitigation efforts around natural infrastructures, such as green streets that reduce the flow of stormwater and wetland habitats that combat flooding as applied in various case studies. To read more about this tool please go to the following LINK.

PCB Brochures: Guiding States and Brownfield Projects through the PCB Rules under TSCA

Navigating the TSCA process is complex and represents a challenge for many Brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects which can stretch limited funds. This brochure series focuses on the topics most relevant to the states and their Brownfield stakeholders.

Seminar and Workshop Downloads

NJIT TAB seminars and workshops increase community knowledge of specific issues, challenges, and opportunities relating to the reclamation and reuse of brownfield sites.  NJIT TAB Brownfields 101 Workshops empower communities with the tools required to assess, cleanup, and redevelop brownfield sites.