EPA actively promotes land revitalization. Working in conjunction with government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as external partners, the Land Revitalization Program supports all stages of the land revitalization process. Whether sharing best practices with the public and government employees, supporting assessments of neighborhoods and properties, or working with communities to envision redevelopment of remediated land, EPA provides tools to facilitate successful results. Read more about Land Revitalization at EPA.
Green Infrastructure: Land Revitalization Success Stories (PDF)(32 pp, 12.1M, about PDF)
Building green infrastructure on underused and vacant properties can be an innovative environmental solution for complementing regulatory fixes for controlling stormwater runoff. This report provides summaries of community land revitalization projects that incorporate green infrastructure solutions.
- The Land Revitalization Team's Program Guide (PDF) (2 pp, 2.2M, about PDF)
This program guide includes an overview of the Team's mission, priorities, goals, and approach.
- Land Revitalization Success Stories
This collection of real-world examples showcases the wide variety of successful land revitalization projects to which the Land Revitalization Program contributed.
- Land Revitalization Fact Sheet
Cleveland Velodrome (PDF) (2 pp, 603K)
- Land Revitalization Fact Sheets
The following two-page fact sheets each focus on a particular dimension of land revitalization, summarizing the topic and providing specific examples of implementation.
- Auto Sector (PDF) (2 pp, 580K, about PDF)
- Demolition Practices (PDF) (2 pp, 1.1M, about PDF)
- Green Infrastructure (PDF) (2 pp, 976K, about PDF)
- Historic Highways (PDF) (2 pp, 828K, about PDF)
- Land Banking (PDF) (2 pp, 1.2M, about PDF)
- Sustainable Recovery (PDF) (2 pp, 749K, about PDF)
- Urban Agriculture (PDF) (2 pp, 968K, about PDF)
- Urban Soils (PDF) (2 pp, 1.3M, about PDF)
- Building Healthy Communities by Increasing Access to Healthcare Services (PDF) (2 pp, 801KB, about PDF)
- Revitalization in Tribal Communities (PDF) (2 pp, 450KB, about PDF)
- On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool
U.S. EPA Region 5 produced a residential demolition bid specification toolkit for entities engaged in residential demolition operations. The bid specification development tool highlights environmental issues and concerns that may arise in connection with a demolition project, particularly those concerns that can be factored into the demolition contracting process. The use of environmentally beneficial demolition practices can result in long- and short-term environmental benefits and set the stage for vacant lot revitalization.
This report identifies the environmentally-sensitive activities associated with demolishing residences, from pre-planning to demolition to site rehabilitation (e.g. hazardous materials abatement, fill material selection and placement, material recycling or deconstruction). For each of the activities, the report provides decision-making information and bid specification language suggestions to assist local government officials in updating their bid specification documents.
Report available at: http://www2.epa.gov/large-scale-residential-demolition/road-reuse-residential-demolition-bid-specification-development
Programs and Offices Working on Land Revitalization
EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse Brownfields.
- Superfund Redevelopment
EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Program is working to encourage communities at every cleanup site to consider anticipated future reuses early so that cleanups can accommodate those uses while maintaining standards that protect human health and the environment.
- Underground Storage Tanks
EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks supports the cleanup and reuse of abandoned properties contaminated with petroleum from underground storage tanks.
- Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse
EPA's Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO) works with other federal entities to facilitate faster, more effective, and less costly cleanup and reuse of federal facilities.
- RCRA Brownfields
EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Brownfields Prevention Program encourages the continued use and reuse of RCRA sites so that the land better serves the needs of the community.
- Brownfields Initiative
Encourages the continued use and reuse of RCRA sites so that the land better serves the needs of the community.
- Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center
Provides information about the use of innovative site investigation and cleanup technology at land revitalization sites.