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The IFA’s Environmental Programs, which consist of the Indiana Brownfields Program and the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Programs, continuously seek ways to stay on the forefront of national financial and environmental trends and meet Governor Pence's priority to attract new businesses, create more jobs, and improve the health of Hoosiers. Incorporating sustainability into the Indiana Brownfields Program and the SRF Loan Programs is a natural outgrowth of this goal. In Indiana and across the country, redevelopment professionals have been discovering the numerous benefits of sustainable redevelopment and green building practices, including increased profitability, more efficient use of resources, and improvements in the general well-being of the community. This Web page will highlight the Indiana communities already benefiting from sustainable redevelopment practices, as well as provide resources to help guide and encourage others to incorporate sustainability into their brownfield projects.
Brownfield redevelopment itself is a sustainable development practice. Reusing a brownfield site offers additional opportunities to reduce environmental impact through the reuse of existing site structures and infrastructure, the recycling of demolition materials, and other sustainable practices.
The Indiana Brownfields Program is making programmatic changes to encourage the incorporation of sustainable remediation and development techniques into Indiana’s brownfield redevelopment projects. The Program's financial incentive guidelines have been revised to add scoring criteria pertaining to projects that anticipate and plan for environmental benefits beyond the assessment and/or remediation of on-site contamination as demonstrated by the reuse of existing buildings, connection of the site to existing modes of transportation, new construction of LEED-certified buildings, use of renewable energy sources, etc. For more information, click here to view individual financial assistance guidelines.
October 2, 2014
WEBINAR: Green & Sustainable Remediation 11:00AM-1:15PM EDT
The Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) is presenting this webinar to discuss sustainable concepts and factors for cleanup remedies that are still protective of human health and the environment. The consideration of these factors is Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) -- the site-specific employment of products, processes, technologies, and procedures that mitigate contaminant risk to receptors while making decisions that are cognizant of balancing community goals, economic impacts, and net environmental effects. This training provides background on GSR concepts, a scalable and flexible framework and metrics, tools and resources to conduct GSR evaluations on remedial projects. The training is based on the ITRC's Technical & Regulatory Guidance Document: Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2011) as well as ITRC's Overview Document, Green and Sustainable Remediation: State of the Science and Practice (GSR-1, 2011).
To Register, check out http://clu-in.org/conf/itrc/register/default.cfm?title=Green%20%26%20Sustainable%20Remediation
U.S. EPA Resources Available for Local Governments on Transportation Control Measures, Smart Growth, and Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing
In 2009, U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help communities increase transportation choices, improve access to affordable housing, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment. Although these documents are not issued by the Partnership, they support Partnership goals by helping communities integrate energy efficiency, transportation efficiency, and smart growth principles into their climate protection programs.
The document addresses benefits, techniques, and specifications, and includes a number of project spotlights to give real-world examples of these techniques being used in remediations around the Midwest. The document is available here
- Sustainable Strategies DC
- U.S. Green Building Council (LEED ratings system)
- Green Building Initiative (Green Globes
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. EPA Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative
- U.S. EPA CLU-IN Green Remediation
- U.S. EPA Region 2 "Clean & Green" Policy
- U.S. EPA Region 5 Greener Cleanups
- U.S. EPA Re-Powering America's Land
- Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF)
- Sustainable Communities Network
- International City/County Management Association
- The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO)
- Procurement of Innovative Technologies and Strategies
U.S. EPA Guide Addresses Runoff at Brownfield Sites. The Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) released guidance September 25 to inform urban planners, engineers and developers how they can use bioswales, rain gardens and porous pavements to capture stormwater runoff at brownfield sites without mobilizing pollutants in the soil and contaminating groundwater. The guidance, "Implementing Stormwater Infiltration Practices at Vacant Parcels and Brownfield Sites", addresses six key questions to determine whether infiltration - which allows accumulated stormwater runoff to percolate into the subsoil - or other management approaches are appropriate for a specific brownfield property. The guidance, prepared by the EPA Office of Water and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, indicates that stormwater management planning should be done alongside site investigation, stte approvals, selection of cleanup approaches and design and engineering of site improvements. The guidance is available at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/upload/brownfield_infiltration_decision_tool.pdf.
ITRC's Technical & Regulatory Guidance Document: Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2011) and ITRC's Overview Document: Green and Sustainable Remediation: State of the Schience and Practice. Many state and federal agencies are just beginning to assess and apply green and sustainable remediation (GSR) into their regulatory programs. These documents provide basic GSR principles and definitions, background on GSR concepts, a scalable and flexible framework and metrics, and tools and resources to conduct GSR evaluations on remedial projects. This information should help organizations initiating GSR programs, as well as those organizations seeking to incorporate GSR considerations into existing regulatory guidance.
New and Updated U.S. EPA Resources Available for Local Governments on Transportation Control Measures, Smart Growth, and Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing. U.S. EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program has released three documents that give straightforward overviews of how local governments can use transportation control measures, smart growth principles, and energy efficiency in affordance housing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.September 13, 2013
March 28, 2012
DEADLINE: Sustainable Land Re-Use Tools for Practitioners Registration
To register and for more information: Please contact Verle Hansen at 513-569-7326, firstname.lastname@example.org and see the flyer here.
April 17 and 23, 2012
WEBINAR SERIES: U.S. EPA TechDirect National Association of Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Presents: Two Webinars from th 2011 NARPM Greener Cleanups Sessions
1:00pm -3:00pm EDT
For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.
April 19, 2012
WORKSHOP: Sustainable Land Re-Use Tools for Practitioners
This workshop is Free. To register and for more information: Please contact Verle Hansen at 513-569-7326, email@example.com. See the flyer here. See the Agenda here.
May 10-11, 2012
CONFERENCE: Midwestern Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference
May 22, 2012
Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land: Tools for Local Governments
2:00PM-3:30PM EDT - This webinar will provide an overview of tools available to local governments to help them get renewable energy projects built on contaminated land in their community. Through its RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated land and mining sites. EPA has identified thousands of acres of Brownfield, Superfund, mining and other potentially contaminated sites with potential for utility scale solar facilities. Siting renewable energy facilities on brownfields offers significant benefits to communities. During this session, Shea Jones with EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative will highlight some of the recent tools developed by EPA, including two decision trees that were created to screen potentially contaminated and underutilized sites for solar and wind potentital and a draft best practice guide for siting solar on landfills. Joshua Huneycutt with DOE's Sun Shot Initiative will discuss DOE's compilation of best practices titled "Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments." Anjali Patel with the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) will provide an overview of NALGEP's "Gultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments." Finally, Stephanie Wang with the Clean Coalitiion will describe the "Local CLEAN Program Guide," which helps local policymakers and advocates across the nation design, implement and campaign for CLEAN Programs. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.
Calls for Ideas Deadline Extended to August 24, 2012
DEADLINE: The Brownfields 2013 Call for Ideas
September 14, 2012
DEADLINE: Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Economic Development Assistance Program Grants for Renewable Energy/Energy Efficient Projects
Contact EDA for help in preparing your application. For more infrmation, click here.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a new strategy that would make cleanups at hazardous waste sites greener.
September 15, 2009
Brownfields, Renewables, and Carbon - US and EU Perspectives on Site Cleanup and Climate Change
Internet Seminar- May 26, 2009
U.S. EPA Webcast Series: Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure
Mention of non-Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) Web site links does not constitute an IFA endorsement of their contents, only an acknowledgement that they exist and may be relevant to our brownfields redevelopment stakeholders.
A former Studebaker facility has been redeveloped into a new transfer/recycling station in South Bend, referred to as Green Tech Recycling (Green Tech). This is a great example of how thinking green for the environment can bring cost savings, new jobs, and community enrichment.
After a long industrial past, the former Studebaker Plant 8 facility sat vacant for 12 years. Mother Earth LLC (Mother Earth) then acquired the property in 2005 and invested $4 million for its demolition, remediation, and redevelopment. The Indiana Brownfields Program provided $45,123 in assessment and remediation grants to Saint Joseph County for the project, and the City of South Bend provided $67,000 in funding from a brownfield assessment grant that it received from the U.S. EPA.