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Activities & Initiatives

Activities & Initiatives

EPA is undertaking a variety of activities and initiatives to support the reuse and revitalization of properties before, during, and after cleanup. These activities and initiatives reflect the new approaches that our programs are taking to foster the reuse and revitalization of once-contaminated properties to benefit communities.

Demonstrating New Approaches
Several offices and programs within EPA are actively piloting new and innovative approaches to promote land revitalization. Pilot programs allow EPA to demonstrate and test a variety of new technical, programmatic, and collaborative approaches which, if successful, can be replicated and reproduced in other areas and programs.

Integrating Reuse Into Cleanup
EPA is taking major steps to integrate land reuse and revitalization into each of its cleanup programs. The Brownfields, Superfund, RCRA, and Underground Storage Tank (UST) cleanup programs are all incorporating policy innovations, new assessment techniques, information sharing approaches, and education to promote reuse before, during, and after a cleanup.

Forming Partnerships
EPA is establishing partnerships with a variety of public, private, and non-profit organizations to foster the reuse of contaminated properties in communities across the country. EPA recognizes the value and necessity of forming partnerships to leverage financial and technical resources in the cleanup and reuse process. By actively seeking partners to help in this effort, EPA is linking diverse federal and state programs and private organizations in close partnership to protect human health and the environment, strengthen the private market place, and support community revitalization.

Fostering Sustainability
Sustainable reuse is an important element in EPA’s redevelopment programs. Sustainability refers to an approach that offers the most significant long-term benefits to the local community–using resources efficiently and reducing waste while encouraging local economic growth. EPA is incorporating a variety of approaches to promote sustainable reuse, such as green building design concepts and eco-industrial parks.

Measuring Progress
EPA is developing several results-oriented measures to track its performance and effectiveness in the cleanup and reuse of once-contaminated properties.

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