February 2, 2006

What is a brownfield?

With certain legal exclusions and additions, the term "brownfield site" means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

Reuse and redevelopment of these abandoned, idled or underutilized industrial and commercial sites is both a challenge and an opportunity. Putting these sites back into productive use can serve as a catalyst for local economic revitalization. Complex financial, legal and environmental risks and uncertainties are some of the biggest barriers to owners and developers.

The national brownfields conference will help you to learn how contaminated and unwanted properties—be they urban, suburban, rural, waterfront, tribal, or international, to name a few—might be transformed from a liability and expense for one organization to an asset and prime development or reuse opportunity for another.

Attendees at this premier national conference run the gamut from developers, finance specialists, community advocates and attorneys to real estate professionals, local and state government employees, academics, nonprofit organizations, and environmental engineers and consultants. At the local and regional level, the issues affected by brownfields redevelopment can include affordable housing, economic development, jobs creation, environmental health, infrastructure improvements, smart growth, and community revitalization. Anyone who has a vested interest in issues such as these is well-advised to attend this FREE national conference on brownfields.

For more information on brownfield sites and issue areas, please visit the EPA Brownfields site.

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