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Phone: 415-398-1080
333 Pine Street, Suite 300
San Francisco
California 94104
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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.

The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR or "see clear") is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that intelligent, innovative land use is the key to ensuring a healthy future for both our communities and our environment. Our mission is to enable communities to develop sustainably and equitably through land recycling---restoring underutilized, blighted sites to productive use.
To date CCLR has educated nearly 5,000 community stakholders through our workshops. As the brownfield expert in California's land reuse program, CCLR helped communities obtain nearly $73 million in forgivable loans and grants for site assessment and cleanup. Projects receiving these funds will create more than 12,600 new residential units including significant affordable and special-needs housing, 60,000 square feet of retail, 818,000 square feet of commercial, and 1,500 acres of open space.

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CCLR and its staff provided invaluable technical assistance to a nonprofit affordable housing development company with whom I worked for 8+ years. They shepherded me through the process of hiring our first environmental counsel and a more rigorously professional environmental consultant. They ... more »
CCLR's ability to connect with community members, public agencies and the private sector is invaluable. They have the ability to bring confrontational partners together to share information, settle differences and move toward joint goals. This skill has lead to numerous projects moving forward ... more »
CCLR has been assisting many cities, counties and non-profit agencies enhance and improve the quality of life in their local communities. The Center for Creative Land Recycling has helped many communities obtain and manage grant funds to clean up contaminated properties (improve the environment) ... more »
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