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The IFA’s Environmental Programs, which consist of the Indiana Brownfields Program and the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Programs, continuously seek ways to stay on the forefront of national financial and environmental trends and meet Governor Daniels’ priority to attract new businesses, create more jobs, and improve the health of Hoosiers. Incorporating sustainability into the Indiana Brownfields Program and the SRF Loan Programs is a natural outgrowth of this goal. In Indiana and across the country, redevelopment professionals have been discovering the numerous benefits of sustainable redevelopment and green building practices, including increased profitability, more efficient use of resources, and improvements in the general well-being of the community. This Web page will highlight the Indiana communities already benefiting from sustainable redevelopment practices, as well as provide resources to help guide and encourage others to incorporate sustainability into their brownfield projects.
Brownfield redevelopment itself is a sustainable development practice. Reusing a brownfield site offers additional opportunities to reduce environmental impact through the reuse of existing site structures and infrastructure, the recycling of demolition materials, and other sustainable practices.
The Indiana Brownfields Program is making programmatic changes to encourage the incorporation of sustainable remediation and development techniques into Indiana’s brownfield redevelopment projects. The Program's financial incentive guidelines have been revised to add scoring criteria pertaining to projects that anticipate and plan for environmental benefits beyond the assessment and/or remediation of on-site contamination as demonstrated by the reuse of existing buildings, connection of the site to existing modes of transportation, new construction of LEED-certified buildings, use of renewable energy sources, etc. For more information, click here to view individual financial assistance guidelines.
June 3, 2013
DEADLINE: IDEM Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) Grant Applications
The state's RMDP has been authorized to release $500,000 in grant funds to aid recycling businesses and boost economic development in Indiana. Recycling businesses have to apply for the grants that are aimed at helping purchase equipment for manufacturing recycled materials into new products. For additional information about the Recycling Market Development Program or to apply, call (800) 451-6027 or visit IDEM's Recycle Indiana website at www.recycle.IN.gov.
In 2009, U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help communities increase transportation choices, improve access to affordable housing, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment. Although these documents are not issued by the Partnership, they support Partnership goals by helping communities integrate energy efficiency, transportation efficiency, and smart growth principles into their climate protection programs.
The document addresses benefits, techniques, and specifications, and includes a number of project spotlights to give real-world examples of these techniques being used in remediations around the Midwest. The document is available here
- Sustainable Strategies DC
- U.S. Green Building Council (LEED ratings system)
- Green Building Initiative (Green Globes
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. EPA Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative
- U.S. EPA CLU-IN Green Remediation
- U.S. EPA Region 2 "Clean & Green" Policy
- U.S. EPA Region 5 Greener Cleanups
- U.S. EPA Re-Powering America's Land
- Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF)
- Sustainable Communities Network
- International City/County Management Association
- The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO)
- Procurement of Innovative Technologies and Strategies
Fact sheets and guidance documents
- Sustainable Redevelopment Best Management Practices. The Sustainable Brownfields Consortium, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago and including researchers and technical advisors from UIC, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Resources for the Future, Ryerson University, and Kandiyo, has posted numerous case studies and research reports from work under a U.S. EPA Brownfields Training, Research and Technical Assistance grant on best management practices and benefits of sustainable redevelopment of brownfield sites. The research can be found at: http://www.uic.edu/orgs/brownfields/research-results/.
- New CLU-IN Focus Area on Bioremediation. The new bioremediation focus area provides a general introduction to aerobic, anaerobic, and cometabolic biodegradation mechanisms, as well as guidance, and site specific information. Both in situ and ex situ technologies are addressed. View and use at http://clu-in.org/bioremediation.
- ASTSWMO's Community Gardening on Brownfields Toolbox, October 2012 - The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Brownfields Focus Group has finalized its general toolbox on community gardens. This is designated to assist States by providing a reference guide for community gardening at brownfield sites. States can add their own State-specific and other regulatory information to increase the document's applicability and usefulness. Check out the document at: http://astswmo.org/Pages/Policies_and_Publications/CERCLA_and_Brownfields.htm
- New Guidebook: Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities
- Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Incentives for Greener Cleanups
- U.S. EPA Green Cleanup Standard Initiative - February 2009 Update
- U.S. EPA Region 5 Greener Cleanup Interim Policy - March 2010
- U.S. EPA Greener Cleanups Fact Sheet - August 2010
- U.S. EPA Federal Incentives for Achieving Clean Energy Development on Contaminated Lands
- U.S. EPA State Incentives for Achieving Clean and Renewable Energy Development on Contaminated Lands
- U.S. EPA Green Infrastructure Municipal Handbook
- Market Barriers to Green Development
- U.S. EPA Technology Primer, Green Remediation: Incorporating sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites
- Smart Energy Resources Guide, Complete Report and Appendices
- U.S. EPA Fact Sheet: Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Site Remediation
- Green Remediation: Best Management Practices for Excavation and Surface Restoration
- National Association of Counties, How Counties Are Going Green: An Overview of NACo’s Green Government Initiative
- Green Building Impact Report: Do Green Buildings Demonstrate Environmental Improvement
- Removing the Roadblocks: How to Make Sustainable Development Happen Now - August 2009
- U.S. EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program Guidance Documents
- Interim Resource Guide: Greener Cleanups through Sustainable Materials Management
- The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Sustainability and the U.S. EPA
- Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments
- New Green Remediation Focus RSS Feed
- Technology News and Trends (EPA-N-12-001)
- Technology Innovation News Survey
March 9, June 8, September 14, 2012
DEADLINE: Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Economic Development Assistance Program Grants for Renewable
Energy/Energy Efficiency Projects
Contact EDA for help in preparing your application. For more information, click here.
March 28, 2012
DEADLINE: Sustainable Land Re-Use Tools for Practitioners Registration
To register and for more information: Please contact Verle Hansen at 513-569-7326, email@example.com and see the flyer here.
April 17 and 23, 2012
WEBINAR SERIES: U.S. EPA TechDirect National Association of Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Presents: Two Webinars from th 2011 NARPM Greener Cleanups Sessions
1:00pm -3:00pm EDT
For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.
April 19, 2012
WORKSHOP: Sustainable Land Re-Use Tools for Practitioners
This workshop is Free. To register and for more information: Please contact Verle Hansen at 513-569-7326, firstname.lastname@example.org. See the flyer here. See the Agenda here.
May 10-11, 2012
CONFERENCE: Midwestern Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference
May 22, 2012
Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land: Tools for Local Governments
2:00PM-3:30PM EDT - This webinar will provide an overview of tools available to local governments to help them get renewable energy projects built on contaminated land in their community. Through its RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated land and mining sites. EPA has identified thousands of acres of Brownfield, Superfund, mining and other potentially contaminated sites with potential for utility scale solar facilities. Siting renewable energy facilities on brownfields offers significant benefits to communities. During this session, Shea Jones with EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative will highlight some of the recent tools developed by EPA, including two decision trees that were created to screen potentially contaminated and underutilized sites for solar and wind potentital and a draft best practice guide for siting solar on landfills. Joshua Huneycutt with DOE's Sun Shot Initiative will discuss DOE's compilation of best practices titled "Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments." Anjali Patel with the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) will provide an overview of NALGEP's "Gultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments." Finally, Stephanie Wang with the Clean Coalitiion will describe the "Local CLEAN Program Guide," which helps local policymakers and advocates across the nation design, implement and campaign for CLEAN Programs. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.
Calls for Ideas Deadline Extended to August 24, 2012
DEADLINE: The Brownfields 2013 Call for Ideas
September 14, 2012
DEADLINE: Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Economic Development Assistance Program Grants for Renewable Energy/Energy Efficient Projects
Contact EDA for help in preparing your application. For more infrmation, click here.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a new strategy that would make cleanups at hazardous waste sites greener.
September 15, 2009
Brownfields, Renewables, and Carbon - US and EU Perspectives on Site Cleanup and Climate Change
Internet Seminar- May 26, 2009
U.S. EPA Webcast Series: Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure
Mention of non-Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) Web site links does not constitute an IFA endorsement of their contents, only an acknowledgement that they exist and may be relevant to our brownfields redevelopment stakeholders.
The Town of Ligonier is in the process of recycling materials from demolition of buildings on the four-acre former Essex Wire brownfield site, which is planned for redevelopment as a river park and possibly the future home of a fire station.