Center for Creative Land Recycling Overview
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Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2011, CCLR helped 209 communities with support on their brownfield redevelopment projects.
Geographic areas served: 14 Western States: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado
Programs: Workshops: Recycling land requires specialized knowledge and tools in order to manage complicated environmental issues. CCLR’s practical, interactive workshops provide project managers and stakeholders with the tools, techniques and resources required for remediating and redeveloping environmentally distressed properties. CCLR developed its training program after documenting a clear community need for education regarding the management of the technical, legal, regulatory, and financial hurdles that can impede the successful reuse of brownfields.
Technical assistance and consulting: CCLR offers pro bono technical assistance to certain nonprofit developers, community-based groups, and municipalities for redevelopment projects. In addition to helping communities revitalize land, the objective of this program is to gain a better understanding of the conditions that lead to underutilized land and the barriers to brownfield redevelopment, particularly in under-served communities. We use these case studies to inform our programs and policy efforts in order to develop and implement solutions that can bring other redevelopment projects to completion.
Policy and research: CCLR draws upon its wealth of experience with redevelopment projects to inform policy research and advocate reforms with the goal to make land recycling an encouraged, economically-feasible pattern of development. CCLR promotes reform of state and local land use and development policies that help level the playing field between brownfields and greenfields, the undeveloped areas at the outskirts of metropolitan regions. CCLR provides leadership on land use initiatives at both the state and federal level that work toward creating a regulatory regime that meets the needs of communities and sensibly weighs risks and rewards. CCLR’s research program provides a scientific foundation to support our progressive policy initiatives.
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