Meet just a few of our Redevelopment Rodeo and Developers Talk Deals presenters, and join us at the National Brownfields Trainging Conference to see some of the roughest, toughest properties out there go head to head with our wranglers. Learn their names and histories, and don’t be a rodeo clown – join the discussion in Pittsburgh, and take home some good ideas for your local bucking brownfield!
Brownfields redevelopment is a notoriously long and involved process that draws on elements of urban planning, environmental science, public health, and real estate financing to make for a successful project. The City of Los Angeles has a nationally recognized Brownfields Program that works directly with property owners, community organizations and city agencies to assist with assessment, cleanup and revitalization of brownfield sites. Read more to learn about two projects that the City is working on.
CCLR is proud to support the San Francisco-based Achieve Program by hosting a summer intern since 2005. This case study was authored by Lorena Ortega, CCLR's 2016 Achiever, and edited by Gabriela Nuñez, CCLR's 2017 Achiever.
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!
At CCLR, we’ve been hearing a great deal of interest lately about landfills. This sparked our April workshop in San Jose, CA, where Jeff Ludlow, Principal at Langan Engineering, gave two presentations about landfill post-closure redevelopment. Other communities have reached out with questions about capping landfills or the feasibility of building on landfills. Landfills pose unique challenges, but they also offer powerful opportunities for redevelopment.
TOD Technical Assistance Initiative
Here at CCLR, we’re deeply interested in Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Redeveloping vacant or underutilized properties with an eye toward transit, mobility and access is a best practice, and helps promote sustainable, economic growth, and community health. Consider that compared to sprawl, brownfields redevelopment projects lower vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions by 32 to 57 percent, and a big part of that is TOD.1
The Center for Creative Land Recycling, in partnership with the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control held a free half-day workshop and walking tour in Vista, focusing on recycling underutilized land for economic development, renewable energy, and affordable housing.
The fourth biennial Sierra Fund conference, focused on finding ways to reclaim and remediate mine-scarred lands in the Sierra, took place at the Sacramento State University on May 8th and 9th. The full slate of programming was kicked off by Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO of the Sierra Fund, who spoke about the grip that absentee landowners have over the land in the Sierra. The stage for a frank conversation about land-use and equity was further set by Lawrie Mott, a former scientist with the National Resources Defense Council, who begged the question: “Can our 20th Century water systems survive the 21st Century climate reality?”
Sarah Sieloff is the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Land Recycling. She is also the 2016 ULI SF Chamberlin Young Leader in the Non-Profit/Public Sector, and a member of ULI’s Redevelopment and Reuse Product Council.