Sustainability Aspects of Brownfields and Greenfields. AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum. Presenter J. Andrew Irwin, PE, LSP, CPEA, AIChE Fellow IRWIN Engineers, Inc. Natick, MA (508) 653-8007 x12 www.irwinengineers.com. Background information.
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J. Andrew Irwin, PE, LSP, CPEA, AIChE Fellow
IRWIN Engineers, Inc.
(508) 653-8007 x12
What is a Brownfield (vs. Greenfields and Greyfields)?
Some limit the definition of greyfields to enclosed, climate-controlled shopping centers that contain at least 400,000 square feet of retail space.
Others consider strip centers, power centers (a center once dominated by a few large anchors like Kmart or Walmart), even neighborhood centers that serve smaller geographic units usually anchored by a grocery store to be greyfields.
Greyfields are old, obsolete and abandoned retail and commercial sites.
The Limitless City, A Primer on the Urban Sprawl Debate by Oliver Gillham, Island Press, 2002.
“All Appropriate Inquiry “ 40 CFR 312
Final Rule Nov. 1, 2005
ASTM Standard Practice E1527-05
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Municipal experience with high maintenance costs of growth and development teaches a telling lesson.
County, township or city now has many new streets to maintain and more homes for which to provide garbage, emergency and utility services.
These costs may pale in comparison to the taxes required to support a growing school system.
Many public organizations, both federal and state, as well as nonprofits, have obligations to involve the public and encouraging community participation. This may be part of their agency mission statement or mandate as a public agency. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) -- January 1, 1970 – is regarded as initiating and mandating citizen involvement in environmental issues and decisions.
Past AIChE efforts related to Greenfields and Brownfields
What Brownfields vs. Greenfields and Greyfields
Cost Issues Related to Brownfield Redevelopment
Smart Growth Policies
Role of Insurance in Brownfield Redevelopment
Application to Land at the Edge of Cities and Towns
Dealing with Demolition and Construction Debris
Brownfields and Historic Preservation
Looking at Brownfields from a Community Perspective (including lenders), Casting Brownfields in the "Proper" Light, importance of Location, Involving the Public in Decision-Making
Discussion of this means of SEF Virtual Meetings
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