What is the Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative?
The EPA's Brownfields Initiative provides financial and technical assistance for brownfields revitalization, including grants for environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training. According to an EPA report, Reusing Land and Restoring Hope , the EPA began the Brownfields program in 1995 to "change the way people think about contaminated properties," and to begin to reuse these lands for economic redevelopment. The brownfields revitalization effort is based on four main goals:
- Protecting the environment
- Promoting partnerships
- Strengthening the marketplace
- Sustaining reuse
For a guide to implementing brownfields projects, please visit the Brownfields Toolbox Web site.