Brownfields Policy and Practice

Image of a EPA cleanup site.  A backhoe is extracting a metal tank from the ground.

Image from EPA clean up of the Frontier Hard Chrome, Inc. Superfund site. Two buried tanks apparently used to store chromium solutions were found buried under the northern half of the FHC building. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.)


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Fall 2005



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This course features a full set of readings and an example of a completed student project in the assignments section.

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There are several hundred thousand Brownfield sites across the country. The large number of sites, combined with how a majority of these properties are located in urban and historically underserved communities, dictate that redevelopment of these sites stands to be a common theme in urban planning for the foreseeable future. Students form a grounded understanding of the Brownfield lifecycle: how and why they were created, their potential role in community revitalization, and the general processes governing their redevelopment. Using case studies and guest speakers from the public, private and non-profit sectors, students develop and hone skills to effectively address the problems posed by these inactive sites.

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James Hamilton. 11.370 Brownfields Policy and Practice. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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