Project Background

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Initiative encourages the redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 to 600,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites. By the end of 2011, EPA awarded:

  • 1,895¬†assessment grants
  • 247 revolving loan fund grants
  • 667 cleanup grants
  • 188 job training grants

A primary constraint restricting equitable access to thousands of potential Brownfields environmental jobs is an untrained local workforce. HMTRI/ATEEC has worked with EPA in this area of the Brownfields Initiative since its inception in 1994. Since that time, HMTRI/ATEEC has:

  • Organized and conducted 22 national Brownfields Job Development workshops attended by nearly 800 stakeholders;
  • Organized and conducted 13 annual forums for Brownfields Job Development and Training grant recipients attended by 942 community stakeholders focusing on improving the effectiveness of job training programs, and sharing training and job development methodologies;
  • Organized and conducted five Professional Learning Community (PLC) cycles with a member list of more than 200 stakeholders interested in learning more about job development and training for their own communities;
  • Built and maintained the Brownfields Toolbox Web site; and
  • Provided technical assistance to Brownfields stakeholders throughout the country.