Brownfields 101

Anatomy of Brownfields Redevelopment

This revised EPA guide explains the real estate process for cleaning up and redeveloping one or more brownfields sites, including: 

  • Opportunities and Risks Specific to Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Typical Brownfields Redevelopment Scenarios
  • Three Stages of the Brownfields Redevelopment Process
  • Paying for Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Critical Players in Brownfields Real Estate Development
  • Two Brownfields Redevelopment Case Studies

Brownfields Road Map to Understanding Options for Site Investigation and Cleanup

The EPA Brownfields Road Map publication provides a general outline of how to assess and clean up a brownfields site and introduces stakeholders to a range of technology options and available resources.

EPA Brownfield Program Fact Sheet- English/Spanish

Ever wonder why an old building or vacant property in your community has not been redeveloped? Sometimes there is a question about whether the soil has been contaminated by past uses, such as gas stations, dry cleaners or industrial activities. These potentially contaminated properties are known as "brownfields," which must be cleaned before they are redeveloped. Developers and neighbors want to know, "Were chemicals used? Were they spilled? Is it safe to redevelop?" 


Community Transformation through Brownfields Redevelopment

Vacant or contaminated land may not feel or look like a community asset waiting to happen, but with the right knowledge, skills, vision and investment, these properties offer local governments and neighborhoods some of the best opportunities to transform their economies and their futures. The purpose of this white paper is to explain why brownfields redevelopment matters for communities across the U.S., and to provide a brief introduction to the brownfields redevelopment process.

Overview: Federal Brownfields and Land Revitalization Programs

As part of its mission to protect human health and the environment, EPA is dedicated to revitalizing all types of contaminated land and returning properties to productive reuses.  EPA supports a range of land reuse decisions that offer the greatest benefit to local communities—from creating public parks and restoring local ecosystems to mixed-use commercial, residential and industrial redevelopment projects.

La ficha descriptiva de el centro de reciclaje creativo de tierras: El reciclaje de la tierra 101

¿Qué es el reciclaje de la tierra y que son sitios abandonados? ¿Cómo se reutilizan la tierra y por qué es importante? CCLR ha hecho una guía que es corto y fácil para leer y que responde a todas estas preguntas críticas como parte de su nueva ficha descriptiva de reciclaje de la tierra. ¡CCLR es la organización no lucrativa nacional más antiguo pionero el desarrollo de Brownfield y el relleno para promover la salud humana y del medio ambiente y la revitalización económica, pero no podemos hacerlo sin su ayuda!

Site Assessment: The Phase I All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)

For a prospective purchaser of real property to qualify for federal liability protection they must conduct a Phase I Site Assessment (also referred to in law as an All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)) prior to closing the purchase. AAI is also required by lenders and rating agencies by those seeking municipal bonds and loans. AAI is the term used in the Superfund Law to describe the process of evaluating a property for potential environmental contamination and assessing potential liability for any contamination at the property.


Center for Creative Land Recycling Fact Sheet: Land Recycling 101

What exactly is land recycling and what are brownfields? How does land get reused and why should you care? CCLR has developed short and easy to read guide that answers all of these critical questions as part of it's new Land Recycling Fact Sheet Series. CCLR is the oldest national nonprofit organization pioneering brownfield and infill development to promote human and environmental health and economic revitalization, but we can't do it without YOU!