Across the us, there are approximately 450,000 brownfields. A brownfield is a property that has potential for expansion or site redevelopment, but that may be complicated by the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. While this sounds intimidating, the vast majority of brownfields are abandoned shopping centers located along a busy highway, industrial buildings or abandoned strip mines. Often times brownfields have good locations and access to public transportation making them ideal for site redevelopment. Brownfields are a ideal opportunity to revitalize a region.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) established a Brownfields Program in 1995. In the last 21 years, this program has been successful in changing the way that contaminated property is perceived, addressed and managed. The Brownfields Program encourages states and communities across the country to safely and sustainably clean up and redevelop brownfields.
Take a few minutes and watch the below video on the success of the Brownfield Program in Pittsburgh, PA.