Top 10 of 2013: Helping vacant land become neighborhood hubs through the BUILD Act of 2013


This month, we’re looking back at some of Smart Growth America’s brightest moments and greatest accomplishments from 2013. Today’s highlight? Our work to get thousands of square miles of brownfields sites cleaned up and redeveloped through a bill introduced in Congress this year.

The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2013 would help communities across the country clean up brownfields sites and get them back into productive use. Senators Lautenberg (D-NJ), Inhofe (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID) and Udall (D-NM) introduced the bill in March, and since then Senators Hirono, Merkley, Brown, Schatz, Whitehouse, Gillibrand and Levin have all signed on as additional cosponsors.

There are an estimated 450,000 brownfield sites across the United States, and each one hinders its neighborhood and local economy. But this can change. The BUILD Act is a common sense measure that would benefit neighborhoods, the private sector and local governments.

Help vacant spaces become neighborhood hubs: Donate today

Smart Growth America and our National Brownfields Coalition are proud to have helped get this bill introduced on the floor of Congress—but we need your help to see it into law. Support brownfields revitalization by making a donation today: