“Reuse, Refuel, and Revitalize – Sustainable Infill Redevelopment in Emeryville”, California, was a mobile workshop as part of the New Partners for Smart Growth conference.
By Ignacio Dayrit, Director of Programs
February 8th, 2018
On November 10th my friend Aidan Bass and I completed a bike tour from Boston to San Francisco. We crossed 16 states in 80 days and biked a total of 4,800 miles. We biked through almost 10 different cities where we experienced firsthand the best and worst of urban planning. From my current perch at the Center for Creative Land Recycling, this experience compelled me to look at the benefits of prioritizing cycling infrastructure and how city planning -- of which land reuse is a critical component -- can improve bikeability, especially for commuters.
By Ignacio Dayrit, Director of Programs
Two recent events highlight the importance of youth involvement in rural brownfields redevelopment.
Click the linked names for each site to visit their Brownfield Listings!
Spurs clicked slowly and intentionally down the halls of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA last week. Carrying ropes and with hats pulled low over their eyes, the wranglers came from all corners of the country to bust some bad brownfields bulls at the 2017 National Brownfields Conference.
Sustainability is difficult to achieve precisely because so many variables go into it, and even if it were possible to account for all the relevant variables, how would we know when we’ve arrived? Land use is definitely one primary variable that impacts sustainability, and given that Earth is now an urban planet with a rapidly changing climate, international exchange focused on sustainable urbanism has never been more critical. More brains, after all, are better than one. That’s why the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) and the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. (GMF) took this message to the 2017 National Brownfields Conference last week in Pittsburgh, one of the premier brownfields training events in the United States.
By 12:00pm on November 27th around forty people had congregated at the Sobrato Centers for Nonprofits in San Mateo, California. A pleasant buzz of conversation filled the room as the diverse group of participants networked with old and new colleagues. The workshop came to order with welcome remarks from Don Horsley of San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Fiona Hsu of Silicon Valley Bank, Sarah Sieloff of Center of Center for Creative Land Recycling and Ken Cole of San Mateo County Housing. It then transitioned to a panel consisting of seven members representing various organizations that encapsulate the infill development process from start to finish.
The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) has been awarded a grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide technical assistance to brownfields-impacted communities. CCLR seeks to augment team capabilities with contractor expertise. Accordingly CCLR is hereby requesting – in accordance with 40 CFR Part 30 as appropriate for a not-for-profit organization – Statements of Qualification (SOQ) from interested non-profit organizations, educational institutions, private firms and individual consultants to be a part of the CCLR team that will deliver services under the awarded EPA grant. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) shall be open November 29, 2017 through December 14, 2017. Contractors who have worked with CCLR on similar assignments in the past may also be sent a copy of the RFQ.
Knoxville, Tennessee is riding in the 2017 Redevelopment Rodeo with two properties: a former laundry facility and a former warehouse facility. Together with their buddies from Michigan, Oregon, Florida, Montana and New York, Knoxville’s Bad Brownfields Bulls are coming at you in Pittsburgh with one name: Dirty Laundry. Located just blocks apart in Knoxville’s downtown, they’re different sizes with different histories, and they both have the ability to contribute substantially to Knoxville’s downtown vitality.
CCLR’s past Vision to Action engagements (Skamania County, WA; Gresham, OR; Fairbanks, AK) have mostly focused on a single site. Anacortes, Washington’s big vision involves an entire stretch of waterfront along the Guemes (GWEE-mas) Channel. Historically an industrial, working waterfront, the Guemes Channel today is home to four non-operational former canneries, two ferry terminals (one run by Skagit County and the other by the Washington State DOT) and important natural and research areas, including critical salmon habitat.