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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Martin McNerney Development, Inc.
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.
CCLR is one of the most indispensable organizations in California on the environment, climate change and, especially, more sensible land use choices! May their tribe increase!!
CCLR has worked with us on several large scale urban infill real estate developments for more than a decade. Their expertise in understanding the challenges that face both developers and policy makers places them in an invaluable role in streamlining the approval, predevelopment and development process. The CCLR staff are great problem solvers and don't mind deconstructing an issue to find new, unique solutions. CCLR is an incredible organization that makes sustainanble, urban infill development possible.
CHDC has been a Client working with CCLR for more than a decade. The expertise of the CCLR staff around enviromental clean up of contaminated sites and acquiring funding to assist with the clean up is astronomical. Their efforts have contributed to many contaminated sites throughout the Bay Area being transformed into housing and economic opportunities for low income households. The work that CCLR performs also promotes healthy living environments for children and families. Keep up the good work CCLR!
The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) has, over the past 10 years, advised my development firm on several matters relating to handling development sites that have had various air and soil contamination issues.
They have provided counsel on regulatory, scientific, and political matters relating to such property -- advice that has been timely, helpful, and sometimes critical in moving a project forward.
They are first rate, having a talented staff and a dynamic and savvy director, Stephanie Shakofsky. Their work product -- reports, advice letters, or general counsel -- is equal to that of a top tier law firm. And their people skills and effectiveness rival the best service organizations.
In short, CCLR is an excellent and supremely capable organization.
Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests.
CCLR has helped us find, win, and manage valuable grants that have helped us move our projects forward. They are very creative and tenacious in their efforts to help challenging but important projects.