Establishing Pilot Programs for Sustainable Development and Alternative Energy Reuse of Brownfields

Brownfields revitalization, with its emphasis on infill and pollution prevention strategies, is well suited to advance creative experimentation with sustainable reuse initiatives. These initiatives include construction of green and energy-efficient buildings, green roofs, green infrastructure such as permeable parking lots, stormwater recycling, renewable energy, and similar approaches. This report analyzes opportunities to maximize the tie-ins between brownfields and these sustainable development techniques. The report proposes the establishment of a pilot program to fund projects that go well beyond cleanup and redevelopment, which are worthy objectives and not to be minimized, to the achievement of broader societal, environmental, and energy conservation goals.

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