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  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative Community health is an important part of land revitalization. ATSDR works to include health considerations in Brownfield redevelopment and land reuse. ATSDRs Brownfield / Land Reuse Initiative promotes health, community involvement, partnerships, communication and education.
  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative. ATSDR Action Model The ATSDR Brownfields /Land Revitalization Action Model helps the diverse members of the development community officials, developers, community supporters, and residents, find ways to make health part of the renewal process. Communities can use the action model to identify common goals to incorporate these goals in strategic planning. PDF Version (2 pp, 56K, About PDF)
  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative. ATSDR Dose Calculator. The ATSDR Dose Calculator is a computer program that allows users to computer the amount of a toxic substance an individual may be exposed to (dose). Users of this tool can select from air, soil, water, or fish consumption scenarios; customize exposure parameters; and review ATSDR and EPA health comparison values, among other features. PDF Version (2 pp, 409K, About PDF)
  • Designing and Building Healthy Places The way we design and build our communities can affect our physical and mental health. Healthy community design integrates evidence-based health strategies into community planning, transportation, and land-use decisions
  • EPA Guidance: Improving Air Quality Through Land Use Activities (PDF) (110 pp, 1,822K, About PDF) EPA 420-R-01-001. 2001. This guidance presents the conditions under which the benefits of land use activities could be included in air quality and transportation planning processes. The EPA intends that this guidance be an additional tool to encourage the development of land use policies and projects which improve livability in general, and air quality in particular.
  • Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation EPA recently supported the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Smart Growth Network to produce Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation. This primer provides states and communities with policy options that can be mixed and matched to fit local circumstances, visions, and values, and highlights steps that the private sector can take to encourage more livable communities
  • Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation (PDF) (104 pp, 2,047K, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer This publication serves as a road map for states and communities that have recognized the need for smart growth, but are unclear on how to achieve it. EPA joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN) which produced the material.
  • Green Communities: Where Are We Going? The Green Communities is a comprehensive guide and toolkit that walks communities through the process of assessing their environment, identifying environmental trends, creating a vision of what they want to be, developing a plan of action to get them there, and implementing that plan. And that "someplace else" may not be where you want to be. This Chapter provides tools and resources to answer the question "Where Are We Going?". This chapter will help your community predict, based on current trends and activities, the direction you are headed. It allows community members to visualize their future if nothing is done to intervene. What can you expect if current patterns of land development, population change, natural resource consumption, and commercial and industrial activities continue?
  • Green Communities: Where Are We Now? The Green Communities is a comprehensive guide and toolkit that walks communities through the process of assessing their environment, identifying environmental trends, creating a vision of what they want to be, developing a plan of action to get them there, and implementing that plan. This chapter answers the question "Where Are We Now?" and will enable you to "take stock" of your community's assets -- social, economic, and environmental. The resulting Community Assessment will provide a view of the present condition of your community. It will help identify what is working, what is not, what is highly valued, and what needs to be improved.
  • Guide for Industrial Waste Management It is a best practices Guide for managing nonhazardous industrial wastes, and has a section on community relations. The Guide and its tools may be downloaded from our web site. In addition we have a CD-ROM that could be mailed. The Guide is a cradle to grave type of approach that covers all aspects of waste management. Anyone in need of guidance/information on waste disposal issues would certainly gain benefit from this Guide. Target audiences would be government officials working on environmental waste issues, various environmental and citizen groups, industrial facilities and educational institutions with environmental studies programs or engineering programs with some type of environmental concentration. The Guide encourages pollution prevention and effective communications, and it provides useful information on waste management topics such as siting, designing, operating, monitoring, taking corrective action, and closing industrial waste management units. Along with the actual Guide, the CD-ROM offers: Interactive audiovisual tutorials for each section of the Guide, Fact sheets, from the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to help readers better understand why specific chemicals may be of concern, An internet-based mapping application to help identify the existence of potentially adverse site conditions, such as the presence of wetlands, flood plains, and seismic instability, as well as demographic information. This innovative application will be of significant utility not only for industrial waste management sites, but also for siting of other types of facilities. The Industrial Waste Management Evaluation Model (IWEM), designed to provide guidance on appropriate landfill, waste pile, surface impoundment and land application system design, The Industrial Waste Air Model (IWAIR), designed to help determine adverse risks from air emissions from industrial waste units, and A comprehensive collection of references and resources targeted to help the user improve upon his/her understanding of pollution prevention opportunities, and technologies and tools available to address industrial waste management issues.
  • Mine Scarred Lands Initiative Toolkit This resource shares lessons learned by the Brownfields Federal Partnership Mine-Scarred Lands (MSL) Initiative through six demonstration projects conducted across the country on both hard rock and coal sites. It features the experiences of the six projects and links to other mine cleanup and reuse resources
  • Mobility Management Strategies: Land Use Planning This website provides information and links to additional information on how the physical characteristics and patterns of land development in a region can affect air quality by influencing the travel mode choices available to citizens. Certain types of development patterns necessitate the use of personal cars and trucks for travel. This site contains various information linking the three factors.
  • Tribal Communities Climate and Energy Information The Tribal Communities Climate and Energy Information page is a resource for tribal communities interested in implementing climate change mitigation and energy management projects that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, spur economic development and reduce the impacts of climate change on economic and cultural sustainability.

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