Built Environment

Earth Day Initiative’s LEED v4 Lessons Learned

LEED or is a well known system for grading the greenness of buildings, organized by United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Since v3 in 2009, the new verious has undergone a major revision.  See the Earth Day Initiative's assessment of the changes and what they mean for green building certification moving forward.

Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding and Community Engagement

This guide is intended to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies aimed at promoting the use of green infrastructure on park lands. Green infrastructure can help to maximize the environmental, economic, and social benefits of parks. By building strong partnerships, agencies can improve park lands and access to parks, better manage stormwater, increase community resiliency to shifting weather patterns, and provide funding to implement and maintain park enhancements that benefit the community.

Briefing Paper: Impact of Brownfields on Urban Revitalization in California

Every day we witness the devastating effect that brownfields can have on a community’s landscape. The very existence of these derelict properties shrouded in some toxic mystery can have a suffocating effect on the community spirit.

Every one of the estimated 90,000 brownfields in California is a missed opportunity for an affordable housing development, a public park or a commercial complex that most likely will be built elsewhere. Consequently, unrestored brownfields serve only to fuel development on our remaining open landscapes.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Prepared Workbook: Process for Risk Evaluation, Property Analysis and Reuse Decisions

Property acquisition is among the actions that local governments might take to bring about a desired reuse. This could involve retaining the property for some long-term public use, or assuming temporary ownership in order to clear title or otherwise prepare the property for transfer to private developers. Other non-acquisition options — such as leasing, transferring tax liens, or providing incentives — might also be used to facilitate redevelopment.

Design + Remediation Exhibition

The Design +Remediation Online Exhibition compiles a series of international design projects selected for their innovative application of a green solution to prevailing environmental obstacles. Each of these sites of environmental issue was remediated using novel techniques that contained areas of concern within the new site design, thus, eliminating the highly counterproductive process of removal.

Live, Work, Play: Case Studies and Resources for Brownfield Redevelopment

This booklet provides case studies of many different types of brownfield projects, with contact info for each. A great resource for ideas and advice regarding brownfield redevelopment.