Economics Driving Brownfield Cleanup – MFA featured in U.S. Green Building Council Article

Author: Carly Schaefer Published: May 19, 2016

Several MFA projects, including Columbia Memorial Hospital/Astoria Landfill Sports Complex, Lake River Dioxin Cleanup, and Zidell Remediation are highlighted in an article by Katharine Logan published in the May/June 2016 issue of USGBC+, the U.S. Green Building Council’s magazine. In the article, “Cleaner, Faster, Friendlier: Brownfield Remediation’s Third Generation Comes of Age,” MFA explains how economic development is driving the cleanup of brownfield sites.

In the third generation, the most polluted sites have been dealt with, and most of the thousands of brownfields that remain will never rise to the top of the environmental priority list. What’s driving cleanup of these sites is their economic and community value. Often occupying desirable, in-town locations, blighted sites have the potential to contribute to their community’s green space, density, employment, tax base, morale, health, and perceived viability. ‘In the third generation of brownfield cleanup,’ says (James) Maul, ‘the development is the remedy.’

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