A Strategic Framework for Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment

The Strategic Framework for Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment course consists of a series of on-demand tutorials that outline a logical and structured framework to support the sustainable reuse of brownfield and underutilized properties. The strategy is based on a simple formula that starts with identifying and engaging the necessary resources and collecting information to support an effective evaluation, using that information to understand potential risks, and finally identifying actions to reduce those risks recognizing the sensitivity of the risk to the municipality or property owner.

The course is organized into five video tutorials. The first video introduces the framework, discusses the steps in the process, and reviews the worksheets that document each step. The remaining videos address the four key elements of the strategy: Stakeholder Engagement and Establishing Goals; Developing a Preliminary Reuse Assessment; Conducting and Evaluating Due Diligence; and Identifying Obstacles and Evaluating and Managing Risks.

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Green and Sustainable Remediation: More Than a Primer 

This course introduces green and sustainable remediation (GSR) and describes incorporating GSR concepts into remediation and redevelopment projects. The course critically reviews available tools and   resources and shows how to perform GSR through the use of case studies. By the end of the course, participants will have a working knowledge of green and sustainable remediation (GSR) and can apply the concepts to remediation projects on a basic level. The participants will also understand the tools and resources available to research subtopics while performing GSR projects.

Intended Audience: Remediation practitioners, including consultants, contractors and regulators.

Course Format: Four 30-minute module videos.

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Urban, Suburban, and Regional Planning Practice 

Join David Kooris, AICP (Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development for Bridgeport, Connecticut and former Vice President and Connecticut Director for the Regional Plan Association) as he illustrates the sustainability and livability challenges and opportunities faced by America’s suburban communities and urban centers.

In this course, Mr. Kooris shares lessons from his extensive planning experience in the New York Metropolitan region and worldwide, describing how land use plans, private development, and public infrastructure shape our communities. From the history of organic regional growth and urban planning to modern economic and environmental changes, this course will help students understand trends and craft appropriate responses to help improve our communities.

Urgent issues including the housing market, employment, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental soundness, safety, and livability are discussed from the planning perspective, and new tools for dealing with these issues are reviewed with evidence-based precision. Planning techniques, zoning tools, and other land use regulations for coastal resiliency, transport oriented development, and complete streets are just a few of the creative solutions covered in this course.  As planning challenges and their resolutions inherently cross political boundaries, new forms of partnerships, consensus-building across diverse constituencies, and stakeholder engagement are also highlighted in this course.

Urban, Suburban and Regional Planning Practice would greatly benefit planners, local economic development and planning departments, community groups, tactical urbanism specialists, and any stakeholders interested in learning how to create community change using new planning tools and active partnerships.

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