Introducing your Brownfield Technical Assistance Providers
U.S. EPA's national technical assistance providers offer FREE technical support to eligible entities working on brownfield and redevelopment issues in their communities..
To help communities tackle the challenge of assessing, cleaning up and preparing brownfield sites for redevelopment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) program to provide a wide variety of technical assistance. The TAB program funds three TAB grantees, or TAB providers, which are organizations dedicated to providing technical assistance to communities across the country to improve their understanding of brownfields issues and increase their ability to drive underutilized real estate forward towards reuse and revitalization.
Each of the three TAB providers – the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Kansas State University (KSU), and the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) – is responsible for separate regions of the country. Each of them works with hundreds of communities and stakeholders through the process of redevelopment – particularly underserved, rural, small and otherwise disadvantaged communities. Much of the important work the TAB providers do is helping brownfields grant applicants and recipients with the hard work of applying for and utilizing EPA brownfields grants. Each of the TAB grantees is itself funded by EPA brownfields grants, which they use to provide education, outreach, promotion and a wide range of technical assistance, all free of charge.
With their expertise and extensive teams of subgrantees, contractors, partners and other network contacts, the TAB providers fill a knowledge and experience gap faced by many communities seeking to redevelop brownfield properties. Many if not all of these stakeholders are facing complex technical issues they have never had to deal with before or have little experience with. The free expert assistance provided by the TAB program would cost grant applicants and recipients thousands of dollars to obtain independently.
Moreover, the TAB program representatives are uniquely trained and experienced in translating the arcane language of environmental engineering and redevelopment strategies into actionable everyday terms non-experts can understand and put to practical use. The result is a win-win of maximized returns on EPA Brownfields grant funds, fewer false starts for grant applicants, and better, more assured results for grant recipients.
The TAB program provides “soup to nuts” assistance for communities and other stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of EPA grant proposal writing, site assessment and the site cleanup and redevelopment planning process. The TAB providers offer educational and technical training programs and strategic design workshops, educating stakeholders on how to oversee the remediation process and understand environmental reports and plans and maximize the value of their revitalization projects. Other ways the TAB providers offer technical assistance include:
Identifying sources of brownfields assessment and cleanup funding
Guidance through state brownfields and voluntary cleanup program requirements
Regular workshops and webinars
One-on-one direct review and consultation on draft grant proposals
Community and stakeholder involvement
Online tools to inventory brownfields and prepare grant proposals
About the TAB Providers
NJIT: The New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey's science and technology university, has been providing brownfield services to Northeast US communities for over 20 years. NJIT’s multi-disciplinary TAB Team consists of professionals with academic research, government, industry and consulting experience available to assist communities with their brownfield projects. NJIT’s program provides TAB services in EPA Regions 1 and 3.
KSU: Kansas State University’s TAB services are free to communities. They work closely with federal and state agencies to assist communities in their revitalization efforts of brownfields sites. KSU TAB brings university educational and technical resources as well as industry/consulting experience to communities affected by environmental issues at brownfield sites. KSU TAB serves as an independent advisor and resource for community revitalization efforts. KSU TAB organizes and assists with a variety of brownfields workshops in EPA Regions 5, 6, 7 and 8.
CCLR: CCLR provides direct technical assistance to help communities successfully address brownfield challenges within their communities. From the beginning to the end of your redevelopment project, CCLR will answer your questions, provide advice and sample documents, and connect you to resources. CCLR provides TAB services in EPA Regions 2, 4, 9 and 10.
Learn more about the TAB program at EPA’s website.