July 29, 2008

EPA to Fund ‘Greener’ Brownfields Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is providing more than $500,000 in technical assistance for 16 Brownfields Sustainability Pilot projects.

The federal agency said the assistance will support sustainable activities such as the reuse and recycling of construction and demolition materials, green building and infrastructure design, energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy development and native landscaping.

Brownfields redevelopment and sustainable reuse can go hand in hand, said Susan Bodine, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. These pilots will demonstrate best practices that can be used by other communities across the country.

Each pilot project will receive between $20,000 and $50,000 in assistance, the EPA said.

The federal agency said brownfields are sites at which expansion, redevelopment or reuse might be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.