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ERIC Number: ED511553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Across the Country, Youth Programs Bring the Issue of Brownfields Home
US Environmental Protection Agency
In the more than 10 years since the inception of EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) Brownfields Program, brownfields have been redefined. Properties that were shunned or eyed warily by those with the resources to transform them are now viewed as dormant opportunities for economic and environmental rebirth. Communities that suffered aesthetic and economic impacts through idle or abandoned properties with low or unknown contamination levels now have the options and resources available to turn them into cornerstones of positive change. The extent of change in the culture surrounding brownfields can be seen in the programs emerging to involve youth in brownfields identification and reuse, for the betterment of their communities. For these programs, the potential value of brownfields has never been an issue--rather, the programs encourage youth to locate brownfields and recommend reuse plans that will transform the properties and enhance the areas that surround them. Many of the programs described in this paper, including Our Town, the Brownfield Buster Patch, and others, were introduced only within the last few years but have already been successfully replicated and expanded far beyond their original trial areas. The success of these efforts ensures that today's youth are repairing the legacy of contaminated land handed off to them by prior generations. Students today have a heightened environmental awareness and a sense of land stewardship that will help prevent brownfields in years to come.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Environmental Protection Agency
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Illinois; Indiana; Michigan; Missouri; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania