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Issue #9 | September 2021

Brownfields Resources and Updates

Welcome to the September edition of the Coalitions' newsletter


The State of Redevelopment Field

What could recent trends in legislation, federal and state funding, and climate impacts mean for the redevelopment  industry and practitioners? 

In face of the wide range of opportunities, challenges, and uncertainties that were brought upon by the recent deployment of federal resources to support brownfield redevelopment, the National Brownfields Coalition is organizing a convening in mid-November to examine hot topics in the redevelopment field.

We believe that the best ideas for improving the environmental and economic impacts of land redevelopment come from those who have spent time contemplating these big questions through their practice. In that spirit, we are leveraging the experience and resources from the Coalitions’ network and inviting suggestions for topics to focus on in the convening —whether legislative concerns, technical questions, ideas for the future, or anything in between.

Please direct any questions to

*Details for the convening including date/time to follow

Upcoming Opportunities

If you or your organization are hosting any events related to brownfields redevelopment and you’d like to share registration information with the Coalition’s network, please email with the details.


2021 EnviroAtlas Webinar: Finding Community Based Data to Support Brownfield Redevelopment

September 29, 2021:  This free webinar will help you learn how EnviroAtlas a free, interactive planning tool  can support brownfield redevelopment and revitalization for your community.


2021 Brownfields Environmental Justice Webinar Series

September 21-October 5, 2021: This series of webinars from the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at KSU, will explore how EJ issues may be impacting your community; how to recognize the EJ concerns among a wide range of stakeholders; how to gather information on environmental burdens; and how to link community goals into brownfield projects.

Building Environmental Resiliency: The Road to COP26 and Beyond 

September 29, 2021: In the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, is hosting an in-depth dialogue to discuss how they are harnessing data science for innovation in the face of climate change; provide actionable insights.


.APPLY. The Louisiana Brownfield Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to attend the National Brownfield Conference

Deadline: September 30, 2021: The LBA Scholarship is available to all students actively enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or job-training programs in an environmental or related field in the state of Louisiana.


Mohawk Valley Brownfields Developer Summit 

October 6-7, 2021

.APPLY. EPA FY 2022 Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grants

Deadline: October 5, 2021

.JOIN US.  Hear our very own Jean Hamerman, Joel Markland, and Michael Goldstein lead a panel on Hot Topics in Federal Policy and Appropriations at the 2021 National Brownfields Conference.

Saturday, December 11 at 10:15-11:15 am CT


Reads and Resources

.ONLINE PLATFORM.  The Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) has launched a new website as an information resource for brownfields in Ohio. The website is a work in progress and will be updated with news and resources as they become available, including education and engagement opportunities (such as webinars and informational sessions).

.ARTICLE. A New Frontier for Nuclear: Partnering With Utilities on Decommissioned Coal Sites: Taking cues from TerraPower’s demonstration project, utilities are increasingly interested in using brownfield sites for advanced nuclear. 


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. 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 support the bipartisan bill H.R. 4427.






 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

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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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