The Center for Environmental Policy and Management at The University of Louisville is the proud recipient of a five-year, $1,000,000 research grant from the program. Together with partners from the , Symbiont, the Urban Institute and , we will develop and pilot test a Brownfield Community Benefit Assessment Toolkit (BCBAT). This benefits calculation toolkit will be designed to be used by communities to better project and track a wider variety of community benefits associated with brownfields redevelopment than has previously been possible.
What is the BCBAT?
The toolkit will be based on an easy to use, mobile app for baseline data linked with a web-based desktop analysis portal. The system will use accessible national, state, local and hyper-local data as the foundation for benefit calculation formulas we develop.
This project is unique in that it will re-examine and augment traditional economic benefit models for redevelopment and in-fill development to include a broader set of indicators that have until recently been difficult to systematically measure. It will also explore the efficacy and value of including hyper-local community collected data in these models now that technological advances open the door to systematic and consistent collection of that level of information.
- Dr. Lauren C. Heberle, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management, University of Louisville
- Dr. Peter B. Meyer, President and Chief Economist of The E.P. Systems Group, Inc. and Professor Emeritus of Urban Policy and Economics at the University of Louisville.
- Joseph Schilling, LL.M., Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute
- Chris Harrell, J.D., M.P.A., Founder and Director of Redevelopment for Lazarus Group LLC of Indianapolis, and Lazarus LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary based in Louisville, Ky.
Key Staff and Partners
- Ryan Eckdale-Dudley