National Brownfields Coalition

On the Equitable Brownfields Redevelopment webinar, speakers discussed tools and strategies for community wealth-building and preventing displacement as part of Smart Growth America’s continued Equity Summit programming.

Miss the event? Watch the recordings here and learn how practitioners center equity in their work and develop strategies for inclusive brownfields redevelopment. Recognizing the risk of gentrification and home and business displacement arising from brownfields redevelopment projects, event speakers shared best practices for development, planning, and community engagement processes centered on community wealth building and supporting existing community members.

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Everyone deserves to live in a place that is healthy, prosperous, and resilient. Cleaning up underutilized, blighted, or environmentally impacted land—known as brownfields—is an important part of returning that land to the community. Yet the funding and capacity for cleaning them up pales in comparison to the need.

The National Brownfields Coalition is a non-partisan alliance of public interest organizations, academics, as well as public and private sector professionals who raise awareness about, as well as develop and advocate for policies and practices that support the remediation and redevelopment of brownfields nationwide.  The Coalition is jointly managed by Smart Growth America and the Center for Creative Land Recycling. We advocate for protecting public and environmental health sustainably and equitably, by removing or containing contaminants in the estimated 400,000 to 600,000 brownfields sites. By working across sectors and fields, practitioners and advocates are able to better confront environmental contaminants and return these lands to productive use.


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NBC testifies before the House Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change

February 15th, 2021

On Tuesday, February 15th, NBC Steering Committee member Lee Ilan represented the National Brownfields Coalition during the virtual ‘Back from the Brink: Restoring Brownfield Sites to Economic Engines’ hearing alongside four other witnesses and brownfields advocates from across the country. Witnesses praised the additional funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), discussed the connection between environmental justice and brownfield redevelopment, addressed concerns of gentrification and housing displacement related to redevelopment, and provided insight on other issues related to federal brownfield policy. Keep reading.


Webinar recap: Conversations on the state of the redevelopment field

December 16th, 2021

On December 16th, the National Brownfields Coalition was honored to present an engaging pre-recorded conversation with Representative Dan Kildee from Michigan’s 5th District around the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and new opportunities for brownfield communities. Rep. Kildee has been instrumental in advancing brownfield priorities both at the state and federal levels by serving in the prestigious Ways and Means Committee and as Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus. He also founded Michigan’s first land bank which invested millions of dollars in Flint and served as a land bank model for communities across the country. Keep reading.

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EPA roundtable on preventing displacement of long-term residents as communities work toward brownfields redevelopment

December 14th, 2021

The National Brownfields Coalition will be participating in a roundtable with EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) on issues around gentrification and displacement of long-term community residents as the nation works toward responsible brownfield redevelopment. The conversation will touch on equity challenges in revitalization, resources for education and assistance to communities, and strategies to prevent displacement. Look out for an email from the Coalition summarizing key findings and insights soon!


NBC testifies at Congressional hearing before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment

December 8th, 2021

The National Brownfields Coalition was proud to testify before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment in a congressional hearing focused on “promoting economic and community redevelopment and environmental justice in the revitalization and reuse of contaminated properties.” Keep reading.

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Equitable Brownfields Redevelopment Event (April 5, 2022)

Equitable Brownfields Redevelopment Event (April 5, 2022)

Join the National Brownfields Coalition to learn about tools and strategies for community wealth-building and preventing displacement at the Equitable Brownfields Redevelopment webinar, part of continued programming of Smart Growth America’s Equity Summit.

Read More ›
The National Brownfields Coalition testifies before the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change

The National Brownfields Coalition testifies before the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change

On Tuesday, February 15th, NBC Steering Committee member Lee Ilan represented the National Brownfields Coalition during the virtual ‘Back from the Brink: Restoring Brownfield Sites to Economic Engines’ hearing alongside four other witnesses and brownfields advocates from across the country.

Read More ›