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Please join us in welcoming Katharine Burgess to the National Brownfields Coalition

Formerly leading the Urban Resilience Program at the Urban Land Institute, she will bring extensive experience in land use planning, real estate, and climate resilience in the built environment to the Coalition’s efforts towards sensible, sustainable, and equitable brownfield redevelopment policy. Get to know her through her most recent Q&A.

Katharine is SGA’s new Vice President of Land Use and Development. You can contact her at


Join the Coalition at the 2021 National Brownfields Conference for our very own roundtable on brownfield policy and funding


We are proud to announce that members of the National Brownfields Coalition will be leading a panel moderated by our very own Jean Hamerman on Hot Topics in Federal Policy and Appropriations at this year’s National Brownfields Conference. On Saturday, December 11 at 10:15-11:15 am CT, the Coalition’s Joel Markland and Michael Goldstein will provide an update on brownfield policy and funding, and the interrelationships between brownfields and transportation/ TOD, renewable energy, Opportunity Zones, and infrastructure. The ever increasing need for more productive and secure land highlights the importance of the National Brownfield Coalition’s unique role in advancing national policies, legislation and appropriations in support of brownfield redevelopment. Being a savvy brownfields practitioner requires a knowledge of public policy and how it works as well as what to watch for in the federal stimulus and tax bill packages. This session is your invitation to take your knowledge of the field to a new level. 

December 8-11, 2021 - Oklahoma City, OK


Upcoming Opportunities

  • Building Upon Large-Scale Brownfield Investments to Rejuvenate a Community - August 18 at 2-3pm EDT (webinar)Join U.S. EPA’s Brownfields/Land Revitalization and Office of Community Revitalization staff as we gain a clearer understanding of the effect of past policies on African American communities and talk about what has been effective (and what has not) over the last 40 years to help prepare us for the work ahead.

  • Investing in Infrastructure: Rural Strategies for Building and Maintaining Healthy Local Economies - August 16 at 3-4pm EDT (webinar)This webinar is part of the Rural Opportunity and Development Session (ROADS) series and looks at why new federal funding presents an opportunity to invest in rural physical infrastructure and explores strategies on how communities can leverage funding to build thriving rural places. Organized by the Aspen Institute and Thrive Rural partners.

  • Sustainable Design and Energy Efficiency - August 26 at 12-1:30pm CT (webinar)Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance.  In using the principles of sustainable design, designers and architects consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts from the initial phase through to the end of life. Participants will learn about the new and cutting edge ideas emerging on the sustainable design front, as well as hear about examples of these ideas implemented through brownfield redevelopments. Organized by Minnesota Brownfields.

  • Florida & Alabama Brownfields Conference - October 24-27, 2021 (in-person conference)Join the Florida Brownfields Association and the Alabama Brownfields Association for the first joint Florida & Alabama Brownfields Conference taking place at the Hilton Pensacola Beach.


The Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Incentive Reauthorization Act of 2021 needs your support

On July 13th, 2021, Representatives Turner (OH-10) and Sherrill (NJ-11) introduced the Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Incentive Reauthorization Act of 2021 in Congress to allow developers to deduct the cleanup costs of all contaminated property in the year the costs were incurred. 

The redevelopment of brownfields generates increased tax revenue for local, state, and federal governments. This bipartisan bill will prompt developers and site owners to take on seriously contaminated land by reducing their effective cleanup cost, ushering in the economic gains that flow from new capital investments in communities across the country.


Restoring this vital tax credit to revitalize our communities is long overdue. We encourage you to reach out to your Representatives today and urge them to cosponsor the bipartisan bill H.R. 4427.


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Join the Movement

 The National Brownfields Coalition is a non-partisan alliance of public interest organizations, academics, as well as public and private sector professionals who develop and advocate for policies and practices that support the responsible cleanup and reuse of underutilized, blighted, or environmentally impacted land. Our mission is to educate, advocate, and convene stakeholders nationally to advance the social, economic, public health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of environmental cleanup and reuse for all communities.

There has never been a better time to be part of the National Brownfields Coalition. Join our passionate team to realize significant gains in legislation, appropriations and policies that revitalize our communities through land reuse. NBC membership at any level offers the opportunity to participate in our five active committees working to achieve our brownfields goals.


Learn more about the Coalition. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Jones Borak at or Jean Hamerman at

The National Brownfields Coalition works to ensure the responsible cleanup and reuse of underutilized, blighted, or environmentally impacted land. A program of Smart Growth America and the Center for Creative Land Recycling.

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