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Land Revitalization & Brownfields Initiatives

The Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program promotes the redevelopment of brownfields sites through policies, laws, and initiatives that enhance environmental quality, spur economic development, and revitalize communities. Below are key initiatives and partnerships with the Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities at EPA works with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide. Through a set of guiding livability principles and a partnership agreement that will guide the agencies' efforts, this partnership will coordinate federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help to address the challenges of climate change. To learn more, visit the Partnership for Sustainable Communities website. To learn more about the Partnership for Sustainable Communities visit their website.

Groundwork USA is a network of independent, not-for-profit, environmental businesses called Groundwork Trusts. Locally organized and controlled, Groundwork Trusts provide services to assist communities in brownfields reuse. Some of Groundwork Trusts include community planning, project management and design and construction. The Groundwork USA program is built on partnership and linked together by the Groundwork USA national office, with support from the EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. To learn more, visit the Groundwork USA website Exit.

EPA encourages renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site. This initiative identifies the renewable energy potential of these sites and provides other useful resources for communities, developers, industry, state and local governments or anyone interested in reusing these sites for renewable energy development. To learn more, visit the RE-Powering America's Lands website.