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Public Hearing on BIG (Brownfield Incentive Grant) Program Rule - November 16

OER will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Brownfield Incentive Grant Program rule on November 16, 2018 at 10:30AM in the Prospect Park Room, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10038. The proposed amendments are available here.

PUREsoil NYC Program Offers Clean Soil for Community Uses

The Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation has launched PUREsoil NYC to improve the quality of degraded soil in NYC communities and to make shoreline communities more resilient to the effects of climate change. The program uses pristine native soil excavated from the NYC Clean Soil Bank and delivers it free of charge to community based organizations for projects to improve soil quality at the loacal level, such as yards and community gardens. Read the Mayor's press release. Read the NY Times article about the program.

OER Releases Report on Resilience in Brownfield Reclamation

Rising sea levels and coastal storm surges associated with climate change pose a growing threat to coastal cities such as New York City. Additionally, new building construction on brownfield properties present many opportunities for improved resilience and sustainability. To promote the integration of green remediation and sustainable and resilient development techniques on brownfield cleanups around the City, OER developed the Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience Survey. A variety of development types were surveyed—commercial, residential, and industrial—across all five boroughs.

A final report of best management practices for sustainable and resilient brownfield remediation and development, Resilience in Brownfield Reclamation, can be found here.

OER has launched a new website for community developers — one place to learn about:

  • OER funds for community-supported development projects including OER’s new pre-development grants;

  • 16 strategies and 24 case studies showing how non-profit developers confronted and solved common real estate development challenges; and

  • neighborhood development plans produced by community groups working across the city.

Study Evaluating Use of Clean Soil Bank to Remediate Community Gardens Shows Excellent Results

A pilot program studying the use of clean native soil from the NYC Clean Soil Bank to improve soil quality in community gardens was completed in Fall 2015 and showed excellent results in three community gardens in Brooklyn. The soil bank enabled reduction of lead content by up to 97% in garden soil. The addition of compost to the soil enabled high yield of test crops. The study was a collaboration of OER, Brooklyn College and Green Thumb/NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Special thanks to York Laboratories, which provided pro bono analytic services for the pilot program. For more information, contact Alysha Alfieri at contact OER.

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