Frequently Asked Questions
  • About Brownfields

  • What is a Brownfield?

    In the "Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act" the U.S. Congress provides that, in general, with certain exceptions and exclusions "Brownfields are real properties, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."

    Because a Brownfield may or may not be contaminated, a Brownfield is simply a property with questions.

  • Is only for listing contaminated property?

    No. Not every Brownfield is contaminated. In testimony before Congress in the summer of 2015, a representative from the EPA noted that roughly 25% of properties coming through the Brownfields Program are not contaminated. Brownfields are properties with questions and Brownfield Listings is where they can list to get answers.

    Moreover, Brownfield Listings is for all redevelopment projects with complications, not just Brownfields. Whether contaminated or just a little more complicated, is for any property that needs to be redeveloped, remediated or reimagined.

  • Do I have to call my property a Brownfield to list on

    No. Greenfields, Greyfields and other development properties can be listed on There is a complete Taxonomy you can use to identify the unique conditions at your property. Read more about the Taxonomy.

    Any property can use to increase its visibility and marketability.

  • Will labelling my property a Brownfield on increase its stigma and make it harder to sell?

    Not likely. A Brownfield by any other name presents just as many questions. If you are wondering whether you should list your property on, chances are other people and/or the marketplace in general already see your property as a Brownfield too.

    Failing to recognize or address your property's issues will only lead to false starts and frustration. Unlike most other real estate websites, connects your property or project to people and professionals ready for redevelopment.

    You cannot go around your Brownfield issues, but you can get through them.

  • Who should list their property on

    Owners, brokers, project managers and other professionals authorized to list or publicize real property facing transactional or reuse challenges. If you are not the owner, you should have the owner's permission to list the property on

  • If I am not a brownfield buyer or seller, can I still use

    Yes. Brownfield Listings is a property marketplace that connects buyers and sellers, but it is also a project platform and collaborative workspace that connects professionals and members of the public to create the best solutions for remediation, repurposing and reuse of properties that may not be for sale. Read more about the different kinds of Users and Organizations who use

  • Users

  • What are the benefits of registering for a user account?

    Registering for a free user account allows you to stay connected to the marketplace. Here you can save individual searches for future use, select your favorite Listings for easy access, and follow other Organizations to stay up-to-date with their Listings, Project Boards and Blog posts. You will also be able to join in the conversations that happen within the marketplace on the Blog posts and Forums.

    When you log into your account, you will be brought to your personalized user dashboard, where you can access the information that is pertinent to you, whether about your own Organizations and Listings or others'.

    If you wish to create Listings or Project Boards, learn about others' Listings and Project Boards, or promote your Organization to the marketplace, then creating a user account is your first step.

  • What is the user dashboard?

    The user dashboard is your central information hub for your activity within Brownfield Listings. Here you can keep track of the events and information shared from the Organizations, Listings, and Project Boards you choose to follow. It also gives you direct access to the Organizations that you have joined or created and their Listings and Project Boards.

  • Organizations

  • What is an Organization?

    An Organization is the virtual representation on of your real-world company, firm, municipal government or other public or private organization. Registering a free Organization on equips you with even more tools and features. Each type of Organization enjoys unique functions built to their needs; only Listing Organizations, for example, may create property Listings. Users can create one or more Organizations to suit the needs of their properties, projects or portfolio of content and/or they can be invited to join existing Organizations.

    Organizations give users the ability to group together and share access to their Listings, Project Boards, RFPs, and other shared information. Each Organization is supplied with a free dashboard that functions as a central hub for all activities within the Organization, where your team can:

    1. Invite other users to join the Organization
    2. Manage the access and user rights for all of the members of the Organization
    3. Manage and collaborate on your Organization's content and media
    4. View Organization statistics, such as views of Listings, RFPs and Project Boards
    5. View the Organization newsfeed, which centralizes major actions and updates

  • Do I have to join an Organization?

    It is not necessary to join an Organization to participate in the marketplace, but there will be limits on your access as an individual user. You can still view Listings and Project Boards, and communicate with existing Organizations, but without being a member of an Organization, you will not be able to create Listings or Project Boards or promote yourself within the marketplace.

  • Why do I have to be invited to join an existing Organization? Why can't I simply join an existing Organization at will?

    To ensure the integrity and security of and all its users, we require parties seeking to join an existing Organization to be invited by a current member of that Organization. This safeguard is based on a presumption that the inviting member knows and trusts the new user and wants them to have access to the Organization's Profile, Listings and other content.

    Brownfield Listings is not responsible for the membership of Organizations or the content that users might post in the name of those Organizations; accordingly, we have provided a system for existing Organizations to self-police their members. For example, in addition to the invitation system, the Organization platform allows the originating 'Owner' of the Organization to assign or withhold certain rights from particular users (e.g., the right to edit content can be limited).

  • Why would I upgrade to a Premium Profile for my Organization?

    You can publish a Premium Profile on to give your organization the utmost exposure in the Brownfield Listings marketplace and beyond. Publishing a Premium Profile puts your redevelopment story within reach of the entire internet, driving your SEO and building your brownfield brand. With a Premium Profile, you will also be able to communicate directly with your audience by creating Blog posts which will be shared into the newsfeed of all users who follow your Organization.

    Compared to a Premium Profile, a Basic Profile limits your ability to reach your audience. With only a Basic Profile you cannot create Blog posts or upload any documents, media or marketing collateral as you can with a Premium Profile. For more information about Premium Profiles, click here.

  • How do I manage the permissions for the members of my Organization?

    You can view the Organization user rights of each member of your Organization by clicking 'View Organization User Permissions' from your Organization dashboard. If you are the 'Owner' or an 'Admin' of the Organization, you can either choose one of the templates (Admin/Member/Watcher) to give to each user, or you can customize each user's permission level. For more information, click here.

  • Can I delete an Organization?

    If you would like to delete your organization, please get in touch with us and we will help you with the process.

  • What are skill tags?

    Skill tags give Organizations the ability to describe their experience and expertise in the marketplace. For example, a Vendor could add tags that describe the types of services they offer, and a Lister can specify the types of skills they may be looking for in a marketplace professional.

    By selecting skill tags, your Organization will be able to be found through the advanced search. Users are able to search by keyword, which will return Organizations that have also selected those featured skill tags.

  • Why do I have to be a member of a Listing Organization to create Listings and Project Boards?

    Brownfield Listings is a project platform. It is structured such that Listings and Project Boards are created by Organizations rather than individuals so that individual members of a redevelopment team can all join an online Organization and share the work together.

    Organizations are named by you. Your Organization may be the online representation of an actual, real-world company you work for, and other members of your real-world team could then be invited to participate as members of your online Organization.

    And individual users can also create a separate Organization to manage each property and project they are working on—or group multiple properties and projects under one Organization. Creating Organizations gives you the ultimate flexibility to build and manage your presence on

    Organizations are free to create, and inviting other users to join is also free.

  • What is the Organization dashboard?

    The Organization dashboard is your central hub for all activities that occur within your Organization. Here you can view all of the Listings and Project Boards created by your Organization (Listing Organizations only), manage the members' rights, view the usage statistics of your Organization, and create content to be delivered to the marketplace.

  • Listings

  • How do I create a Listing?

    Listings can only be created by members of Listing Organizations. For a detailed description on how to create a Listing, click here.

  • What types of listings does Brownfield Listings provide?

    The two Listing tiers — Basic and Premium — provide different levels of visibility, data content, and add-on features. The benefits of each type of listing are explained in detail here.

  • Can I list my property for free?

    Yes. Basic Listings are always free, and it provides you with our Diligence Thumbnail and expanded data which communicates key features about your property. However, a Basic Listing will only be able to be viewed by users who have purchased a Premium Access package, whereas Premium Listings can be viewed by any user at Brownfield Listings. Premium Listings also include add-on features such as an RFP and Project Board to enhance your market outreach.

  • Do you give public sector Organizations discounts for Premium Listings?

    We offer a variety of discounts to public sector organizations. Please contact us at to get more information.

  • Who can view my Listing?

    Free Basic Listings can only be viewed inside the marketplace by users who have acquired Premium Access.

    For maximum visibility, Premium Listings can be published with "public visibility" and be viewed and followed by any registered or unregistered user on Direct links to published Premium Listings can be freely emailed, and they are also picked up by search engines to drive your listing's SEO.

    For selected visibility, Premium Listings can be given "private visibility" and be viewed only by those you invite to view your Listing.

  • Can I hide my Listing from public view?

    Yes. If you want only users of your own Organization to be able to view your Listing, you can set its visibility to 'Hidden' in the 'Edit Listing Settings' area on the Listing page. This will also hide any associated Project Board. Setting the visibility to 'Public' will make your Listing and Project Board viewable to the marketplace.

  • Can I delete my Listing?

    If you would like to delete a listing that you created, please contact us and we will help you through the process.

  • I started creating a Listing, but I didn't finish it. Is it saved?

    Yes. Any Listing that has completed the first step in the registration process (the Diligence Thumbnail section) will be saved as a draft, which will allow you to go back and finish it at a later time. You can find these under 'Draft Listings' on your Organization Dashboard.

  • What is the Taxonomy?

    The Taxonomy gives Listing Organizations the ability to categorize their Listing in a manner that allows property specialists to focus their attention on properties that fit their needs and experience. By choosing a Primary Status and one or more Secondary Conditions from the Taxonomy, a Lister can easily communicate the top characteristics that describe their property. Conversely, Buyers and Vendors can focus their searches for properties that best match their wants and capabilities by identifying appropriate Primary Statuses and Secondary Conditions they seek View the Taxonomy here.

  • How do I decide which Primary Status to use? What if more than one seems to apply?

    First, make sure you've properly narrowed the choices. As a threshold question, you should not select a Primary Status if your property does not fit the definition in the Taxonomy. So, e.g., if your property has ever been developed, you can eliminate the choice of 'Greenfield.' Second, pick the Primary Status you consider most significant about your property. This will focus the attention of users reviewing your Listing and make sure your Listing shows up in search results of Buyers and Vendors interested in particular types of properties. For example, your property may both have a Productive Use and qualify as a Brownfield, but if the income opportunity from the Productive Use is especially high and likely to continue in the future, you might want to emphasize that by picking Productive Use as the Primary Status. You could then select Brownfield Acres as a Secondary Condition to draw attention to that feature of the property. As long as the property fits the definition in the Taxonomy, the choice is yours and should be based on how you want others to see your property. And, of course, you can always select 'Undetermined' for the Primary Status, although that is generally the least helpful for other users.

  • How do I decide which Secondary Characteristics to use?

    You can use as many Secondary Characteristics as apply to the property. Using all applicable Secondary Characteristics will make sure your Listing shows up in search results of Buyers and Vendors with an interest in particular types of properties. As long as the property fits the definitions in the Taxonomy, the choice is yours and should be based on how you want others to see your property.

  • What are Market and Use Tags?

    The Market and Use Tags in the Market tab in the Expanded Data section of the Listing can add a wide range of market types and property use information to your Listing. The transect tags further let you identify the location of your property within its geography and built environment.

    For a detailed description of Market and Use Tags, please click here.

  • How do I select Market and Use Tags in my Listing?

    The Market and Use Tags in the Market tab in the Expanded Data section of the Listing can add a wide range of market types and property use information to your Listing. The transect tags further let you identify the location of your property within its geography and built environment.

    There is no requirement to select Market and Use Tags in all categories, but you should attempt to select at least the most significant Tags you are able to identify in the 'Adjacent and Surrounding Uses' and 'Anchor- sections. If you have a good sense of what the demands of the community are and how the market is trending, you can make some reasonable decisions about what tags to select in the Market Demand and Market Trend sections. Absent a formal market study, Buyers realize these tags are based on the Seller's knowledge and opinions and may to some reasonable extent be speculative (note however that your use of and your Listing must be consistent with the Terms of Use and Listing Agreement).

  • Project Boards

  • What are Project Boards?

    Listing Organizations use the Project Board to attach an information hub and data portal to their Listing. This multimedia platform communicates substance to professionals and can be used to interact with the public, including the use of a built-in interactive Forum. A Project Board organizes all your property or project information into a platform with self-publishing and social media sharing tools. For more information about Project Boards, click here.

  • How do I create a Project Board?

    A Project Board must be associated with a Premium Listing. Project Boards are included for free when a Premium Listing is purchased. For more information about Project Boards, click here.

  • Who will be able to see my Project Board?

    Because a Project Board is attached to a Premium Listing, it is available to be viewed by all users at Brownfield Listings.

  • Can I hide my Project Board?

    If you only want users of your own Organization to be able to view your Project Board, you can set its visibility to 'Hidden' in the 'Edit Project Board Settings' area on the Project Board page. Setting the visibility to 'Public' will make it viewable to the marketplace.

  • Do I have to display a Forum in my Project Board?

    No. You can turn the Forum off in 'Edit Project Board Settings' on the Project Board and it will not be displayed.

  • Profiles

  • What is an Organization Profile?

    An Organization Profile is the public face of an Organization. It is the way Organizations can promote themselves on Brownfield Listings, as well as allowing other users to find them. By creating a Profile, you will be able to share information about your Organization's skills, experience, and past and current projects.

  • What is a Premium Profile?

    A Premium Profile is a type of Organization Profile that gives Organizations the ability to build their redevelopment story and communicate it to the marketplace in a dedicated multimedia platform. This allows you to build your brand identity by maintaining an active presence in a dedicated online channel to real estate reuse and community development. For more information, click here.

    You can upgrade your Organization to a Premium Profile at any time from your Organization's dashboard.

  • What is the difference between a Basic Profile and a Premium Profile?

    A Basic Profile comes free for all organizations. It allows you to describe your organization with a few basic data points. The Premium Profile gives you full freedom to describe your organization with our multimedia tools. The Premium Profile gives you the following tools not included in the Basic Profile: Spotlight section, Newsfeed, Diligence Repository, blogging tools, and a Forum for your Organization (in addition to any Project Board Forums you may have). For more information on Premium Profiles, click here.

  • Do I have to display a Forum in my Premium Profile?

    No. You can turn the Forum off in the 'Edit Profile Settings' area on the Premium Profile and it will not be displayed.

  • Who should use Premium Profiles?

    Any Organization that wishes to promote its experience, services or current needs will benefit from a Premium Profile. Doing so will give you the greatest exposure to the marketplace and allow you to communicate clearly about the role your Organization plays within the redevelopment ecosystem.

  • How do I purchase a Premium Profile?

    After you have created an Organization, you can upgrade to a Premium Profile from your Organization dashboard.

  • Can I try out the Premium Profile before I purchase it?

    Yes. Organizations can set up their Premium Profile in unpublished form before they purchase the upgrade. You can do this from your organization dashboard. Only members of your Organization will be able to view your Premium Profile before it is purchased.

  • Do you give public sector Organizations discounts for Premium Profiles?

    We offer a variety of discounts to public sector organizations. Please contact us at to get more information.

  • RFP's

  • How do I post an RFP for my property?

    RFP's can be posted from both Basic and Premium Listings. If you have a Listing and you wish to create an RFP for that property, then you can add it within the Listing page for the property. This will allow your RFP to be accessed from your Listing and through the RFP marketplace.

    If you post an RFP from a Basic Listing, only users who have purchased Premium Access will be able to view it. RFP's from Premium Listings can be viewed by any user in the BL Marketplace.

  • How do I respond to an RFP?

    If you wish to respond to an RFP, you will have to get in contact with the Organization that created it. You can do this by clicking 'Contact Organization' on either the listing or the profile for this organization. Note, however, that the RFP may also provide other methods or requirements for communicating with the Organization, so you should read the RFP carefully before contacting them.

  • Account Info

  • How do I cancel a current subscription?

    From the top menu, you can choose My BL › My Account › Payments and Subscriptions. From this screen, you click 'Current Subscriptions' and you can choose the subscription you wish to cancel.

    Once you cancel a subscription, it will stay active until the end of the current billing cycle, after which it will become inactive and you will no longer be billed for it.

  • Can I renew or reactivate a subscription after I cancel it?

    You can renew or reactivate a subscription at any time. If you cancel a subscription and you later change your mind and wish to prevent it from going inactive, then just click 'Reactivate Subscription' in the Payments and Subscriptions area of your account, and it will remain active and you will be billed at the beginning of the next cycle. If you want to reactivate an inactive subscription, you will have to complete the payment process again for this subscription, which can be started from the Payments and Subscriptions area.

  • Can I move subscriptions from one user to another?

    You have the ability to move a subscription to another user that is within your Organization. If you wish to do this, please contact us at, and we will help you through the process.