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  • Creating New Opportunities for Mature Brownfields Programs

    Wednesday, December 11, 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm
    West Hall A – Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    It has been nearly 25 years since the first brownfields assessment grant was issued and some of those original grant recipients established brownfields programs that are still in existence. The City of Phoenix was one of those early recipients and since that time has developed a municipally-funded program that has achieved success with city-owned and private sector redevelopment. The Phoenix Brownfields Land Recycling Program is funded with municipal funds, including capital improvement bond funds, and uses various EPA resources to augment the program. Phoenix has received assessment, area-wide planning, environmental workforce development, revolving loan fund, and targeted brownfields assessments. How do you keep a brownfields program fresh, innovative and on the radar of elected officials and the private sector? The speaker will share ideas that have kept the Phoenix program at the forefront through integration with Sustainability Initiatives. The speaker will share how Phoenix has integrated the brownfields program with renewable energy, river restoration, healthcare, and food as a critical component in achieving sustainability goals. Key takeaways: how cities can coordinate with internal departments, such as sustainability, planning and development to incorporate brownfields into sustainability and comprehensive general plans, how to work with internal and external energy, health, and food system stakeholders to incorporate brownfields cleanup and redevelopment.
    Rosanne Albright
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