Chronically vacant or underutilized contaminated land, commonly known as brownfields, contain pollutants from past industrial land uses. Comprehensive brownfield management has the potential to address many environmental, social, and economic problems in New York City.
Challenges & Opportunities
Brownfields heighten public exposure to environmental toxins, discourage development, and result in lost opportunities to create small businesses, new jobs, affordable housing, and open space in areas where these opportunities are needed most.
We aim to clean up contaminated land to eliminate exposure to environmental toxins and alleviate social inequality caused by disproportionately high occurrences of brownfields in low-income neighborhoods.