Brownfields Community Benefits Assessment Project

Welcome to the Brownfields Community Benefits Project Page!

The Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech and the Center for Environmental Policy and Management at The University of Louisville are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a five-year research grant of $1,000,000 by the EPA's Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants program.  Together with partners from The E.P. Systems Group, Inc. and Lazarus LLC, we will develop and pilot test a Brownfields Community Benefits 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 portable app linked with a web-based desktop portal.  The system will use accessible national, state, regional, 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 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.

Diagram of Project Elements-This page will be updated over the course of the project.

Project Team Leaders

  • Joseph Schilling, LL.M. Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Institute, Professor of Practice, Urban Affairs & Planning, Virginia Tech--Alexandria, VA.
  • 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.
  • 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 Project Staff and Partners