1. Definitions

Land recycling. Brownfields. If you are new to the site, you might be wondering what exactly do these terms mean?

 

 

 

Land Recycling

Land Recycling is, you might have guessed, the act of recycling land. Or more precisely: The reuse of abandoned, vacant, or underused properties for redevelopment.


Brownfield

As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a brownfield site is "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." In other words, brownfield sites are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.


Infill Development

Development that takes place within existing communities, making maximum use of the existing infrastructure instead of building on previously undeveloped land.


Sustainable Development

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


Brownfield Redevelopment

Development of real property for which its reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.


Sustainability

Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


Greenfields

A greenfield is a site, usually suburban or rural, that has never been used for development.


Urban Sprawl

Urban sprawl, or sprawl development, is the unplanned, uncontrolled spread of development beyond the compact urban center.