This thesis explores the many processes and steps that are necessary to successfully and justly remediate and redevelop brownfields in communities in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Remediation and redevelopment of brownfields is a complex multi-step process. The primary objective of this thesis is to identify and articulate a comprehensive accounting of the processes and steps required for successful and just remediation and redevelopment projects in order to improve conditions in blighted communities and enhance the welfare of the people who live in them. The thesis covers what brownfields are and why they are important; identifies and examines in detail the process involved in brownfield remediation and redevelopment which includes identification, removal of barriers (lack of funding, stakeholder engagement, lack of policy and support, etc.), and technical remediation which is a four-step process that covers types of contaminants, remediation techniques, and site histories; the redevelopment process that covers an analysis of community engagement and participation, the issue of environmental gentrification, policy, and the benefits of remediation and redevelopment of brownfields. The thesis concludes with recommendations for policy and incentives to stimulate just, and successful brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects.
brownfields, contamination, barriers, redevelopment
Year of Completion
Dr. Mark Pires
Earth and Environmental Science
Ferrara, Erica, "Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment: An Analysis of Barriers, Methods, Processes, and the Future of Brownfields" (2019). Undergraduate Honors College Theses 2016-. 58.