EPA Launches Story Map Showcasing Brownfield Grantee Success Nationwide
The Brownfield Success Stories map puts real stories of redevelopment success under every project pin.
The U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant Program has sustained incredible success since its inception in the early 1990’s. Through the first 20 years of its existence, the EPA brownfield program leveraged an average of $17.79 for every $1 public dollar expended. By 2013, more than $20 billion had been leveraged through all brownfields federal, state and tribal programs at the cost of little more than $1 billion.
Equally impressive, 7.3 jobs were leveraged over that time for every $100,000 spent on the assessment, cleanup and revolving loan fund cooperative agreements awarded and administered through the program--although other studies have estimated greater job impacts (1 permanent job for every $10,000-$13,000 invested in a brownfield redevelopment project).
The direct impact of brownfield redevelopment on real estate value is similarly remarkable. A 2012 study found residential property values increased between 5.1% and 12.8% near remediated brownfield sites. In a follow-up study, the same researchers found by “averaging over the experiences at a nationally representative sample of brownfield properties, cleanup leads to housing price increases between 4.9% and 32.2%.”
To demonstrate the program’s recent success and showcase the individual sites and communities who have directly benefited from the brownfield program, U.S. EPA has developed an interactive story map. The examples in Brownfield Success Stories are a select group of project examples which highlight the accomplishments of EPA Brownfields grantees across the country. These accomplishments include transforming brownfields sites to positively impact local economies and the quality of life for neighboring communities.
And now everyone is able to explore the path to success taken by the brownfield heroes in these redevelopment stories and become inspired to blaze their own trail to brownfield redevelopment.
The project list is not a full inventory of all brownfield projects, but a robust collection of powerful testaments to the utility and effectiveness of this most catalytic government program. Universally beloved on both sides of the political divide, even today, the EPA Brownfields Program was recently renewed in last year’s large omnibus bill.
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