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Center For Creative Land Recycling

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews 914

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment, Economic Development

Address:

333 Pine Street, Suite 300 San Francisco CA 94104 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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.

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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415-398-1080
www.cclr.org

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Reviews for Center For Creative Land Recycling

Rating: 5 stars  

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 assisted with referrals, interview questions, and the like. Their training sessions provided invaluable insight into the complexity and imperfection of environmental testing and the rationale and conservatism behind regulatory limits. CCLR was a tremendous support for me as I navigated through my first complex environmental investigation and DTSC oversight process. After that experience, I considered focusing my career on brownfield remediation because I believe so much good comes from repurposing formerly industrial land.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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 that has created hundreds of units of affordable housing, acres of open space and significant job creation. We are and continue to be pleased with CCLR's service!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding so that they could hire more staff.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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) and develop blighted properties into economically beneficial (creating jobs) developments. CCLR has also assisted many communities develop affordable housing projects, create green space/park projects and develop community centers.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Center for Creative Land Recycling is providing valuable technical assistance to San Francisco. Our city is developing a green open space waterfront corridor called the Blue Greenway. CCLR is advising SF Department of Environment on how to transform brownfields to green open spaces and increase access to the waterfront in one of the most vulnerable, underserved neighborhoods - Bayview Hunters Point community. CCLR's expertise in brownfields has been helpful and supportive.

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CCLR I really enjoyed the conference they had well organized in LA/CA on 30 October 2013.
They provide you with all the tools and resources/ information you need to do with the Brownfields and how to revitalize the unusable land in your communities. The location and its access was great. The speakers were excellent and above all it was free!
George M.
LA

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have consultant /lender who can handle the lengthy process for financing the clean up costs

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CCLR is a fabulous resources for those working on revitalizing their communities. They have a wealth of experience and know all the right people to put you in touch with to make your project happen. They have helped me with community education and outreach, public presentations, planning a community garden and reviewing grant applications. I've seen them work with high school students, community members, and bureaucrats at all levels. They do a great job of explaining a process to people with all kinds of background.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

CCLR provided us with invaluable technical support related to our brownfield visioning project.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past several years and on several projects, CCLR has proven to be an extremely invaluable ally to our team assisting us in aligning urban infill project interests with critical grant funding. Stephanie Shakofsky, CCLR’s Executive Director, and Evan Reeves, CCLR’s Policy and Research Director, were instrumental teammates whose deep insight, policy knowledge, critical thinking and dedication to the cause helped our projects reach their goals. We look forward to continued collaboration and rely on this partnership going forward.

Jaqui Braver
Martin McNerney Development, Inc.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CCLR is a highly organized and very effective advocacy organization advancing policies that support urban infill development. They are amongst the best in their field.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CCLR helped us obtain State funding for cleaning up a brownfield site.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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