The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) and New York Pollution Prevention Institute (NYS P2I) hosted “Innovations in Remediation and Land Reuse” in Rochester, NY on October 25, 2017.
Over 135 people attended the workshop, including city, town and county officials from the Finger Lakes to Western New York covering Monroe, Wyoming, Syracuse-Onondaga, Herkimer, Ontario and other counties across the state. Many federal and state government agencies participated in panels and hosted Exhibitor tables, including U.S. EPA, NYS Dept of Environmental Protection, Empire State Development Corp and U.S Economic Development Administration. A wide range of private sector experts from the fields of engineering, law, real estate, planning and financial services attended the workshop, and both staff and volunteers from non-profit organizations focused on housing, public health, and the environment contributed to the broad cross-section of stakeholders interested in brownfield redevelopment.
Vog – Hilo term for volcano-induced fog. Vlog – CCLR term for Hilo-induced blog.
The vog-shrouded Hilo town is an apt visualization of the challenges in reconciling economic development with local culture, values and history, and the concealed ways brownfields redevelopment can meld some seemingly incompatible goals against monumental challenges.
I spent last weekend at the Pacific Council’s annual Members’ Weekend. Based in Los Angeles and founded in 1995, the Pacific Council on International Policy exists to reframe international relations as a concern not only for foreign policy practitioners, but for the larger population of the U.S. West Coast. Its members span the U.S. and work in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The goal is to provide a non-partisan platform for learning, networking and action for people who are interested in international relations and citizen diplomacy, but who don’t work in the field on a daily basis.
The MFN conference in Carson CA brought together fence-line communities fighting to improve their environments that are impacted by extractive and goods-movement industries and ports. CCLR’s Ignacio Dayrit participated in the brownfields panels, whose purpose was to help communities construct roadmaps for the development of brownfields sites into healthfield-plus uses such as open space, urban gardens, solar farms, and income-generating community enterprises.
CCLR primes communities to redevelop brownfields, through partnerships, training and technical assistance. Two events from last week included a Regional Tribal Workshop (conducted with CCLR’s partner, Kansas State University) and the Arizona State Brownfields workshop.
They came in singles, pairs, families, friends, co-workers, constituents and concerned citizens. The Vision-to-Action (V2A) for the re-boot of the Fairbanks downtown plan was an evening filled with energy and promise. And it started with a broken promise - the Vision Fairbanks downtown plan that the Fairbanks assembly rescinded in July.
Join the TAB providers CCLR, KSU and NJIT at the Redevelopment Rodeo when it stampedes in to this year's National Brownfields Conference in Pittsburgh. Come show off your stock of redevelopment projects!
By applying you will access CCLR's stable of experts to answer questions, make introductions, and offer insights from experience and recommendations. Act now, the deadline is September 1st.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to urban farming, as RAD Urban and Top Leaf Farms have proven with their project at 2201 Dwight Street, in Berkeley, CA. The CCLR team visited the property to speak to Benjamin Fahrer, co-owner, principal designer and farm manager at Top Leaf, and Jason Laub, RAD Urban’s VP and Director of Operations, to learn more about the ultimate creative use of an oft-ignored space: rooftop farming!
Seventeen years in the making, the Miraflores Senior affordable housing project celebrated its groundbreaking on May 15th, 2017. Miraflores Senior is being developed by non-profit developer Eden Housing in partnership with the Richmond-based Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) on 1.56 acres, and is part of a larger master-planned development of the entire 14-acre site.