Monday, September 29, 2008

IESP Wins $750K Grant to Study Brownfields

Image of Chicago Center for Green TechnologyUIC's Institute for Environmental Science & Policy has won a 5-year, $750,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to study how Brownfields can be developed in a sustainable way.

Institute researchers at UIC, teaming up with two outside technical advisers and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will define what it means to turn a brownfield into a new green development in a way that sustains the site as eco-friendly -- and the value of doing so.

The team will analyze successful developments around the country, highlighting the sustainable components and the underlying policies and practices that enable the developments to be built. Other parts of the study will focus primarily on Midwest sites. Life-cycles of sustainable components will be analyzed, along with ways to maximize energy efficiency and all of the environmental, economic, and community health benefits of redeveloping a brownfield in a sustainable manner.
According to the EPA, a Brownfield is defined as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant."

[Read the full UIC press release]

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