ER3 Networks and Partnerships

Sustainable development involves not only reducing the ecological footprint while enhancing the economic viability of a development, but also actively engaging the appropriate and affected community and other stakeholders throughout the development process. Moreover, some sites may have environmental justice concerns that need to be addressed as a site is developed. The development process involves many working components requiring a variety of knowledge, expertise, and skill sets. Environmentally Responsible Redevelopment and Reuse (ER3) includes an internal and external network of partners who can provide this knowledge, expertise, and skill sets.

The internal network is comprised of EPA programs and offices that are involved in the reuse and redevelopment of contaminated properties and sustainable development generally.

The external network of partners provide EPA with additional incentives, knowledge and expertise, which may prove useful for sustainable redevelopment projects.

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Internal Network/Related EPA Programs

There are many programs and offices within EPA that offer expertise and potential incentives for sustainable redevelopment. ER3 taps into the sustainable development expertise found in EPA, other federal agencies, states, as well as non-profits, and the private sector. Through the use of partnerships, ER3 can provide a broad range of information to developers and others about sustainably redeveloping contaminated land.

EPA's Sustainable Communities website provides information on collaborative efforts between EPA and others including other federal agencies, regional, state, and local governments and non-governmental partners to help communities become stronger, healthier, and more sustainable through smart growth and green building.

EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization website provides information on cleaning up and reinvesting in properties to protect the environment, reduce blight, and take development pressures off greenspaces and working lands.

EPA's Land Revitalization website provides information on the initiative to promote cross-program coordination on land reuse and revitalization projects to ensure that contaminated property is appropriately put back into productive use.

The following list identifies the EPA program offices and initiatives that may provide sustainable redevelopment expertise on an ER3 project.

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External Network

Many private, federal and state entities have considerable expertise with respect to sustainable development issues, and can potentially provide assistance to entities. A cornerstone of the ER3 Initiative is the active involvement of ER3 partners at contaminated sites.

ER3 partners collaborate with EPA's cleanup enforcement office and other entities in the ER3 network to promote sustainable reuse and redevelopment of contaminated sites. Importantly, community involvement and addressing environmental justice concerns are necessary skills that a variety of ER3 partners bring to the table. ER3 partners will also prove to be a valuable resource in training and outreach to others on sustainable development.

The following is a list of ER3 non-EPA partners.

Name Location Organization Type Company Site
Center for Environmental Policy and Management Louisville, KY Educational Resource and Training Company website
The Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) currently houses EPA's Southeast Regional Environmental Finance Center and has years of experience providing training and technical assistance to individuals and agencies who are engaged in reuse and redevelopment of contaminated and previously contaminated property. CEPM's areas of expertise include environmental finance, brownfields redevelopment, environmental insurance, historic preservation, smart growth, construction debris and household recycling, green building, risk reduction, and zoning.
Cherokee Investment Partners, LLC Raleigh, NC Financial/Development Company website
Cherokee's philosophy is to promote sustainable redevelopment of the brownfield properties we remediate and to provide net positive social, economic and environmental improvements. We have achieved a strong reputation for integrity and sound management advice coupled with investment, risk management and environmental expertise. Our approach concentrates on the factors contributing to the financial success of an asset, along with the risks that threaten it.
Evolution Partners Washington, D.C. Real Estate/Financial Consulting  
Evolution Partners is a boutique real estate investment advisory and private equity firm specializing in financing high-performance, environmentally responsible real estate projects throughout the world. We adhere to the Triple Bottom Line of economic, social, and environmental responsibility and strive to demonstrate this through our actions as well as the actions of our clients, partners and investors.
Hellmuth + Bicknese, Architects L.L.C. St. Louis, Missouri Architectural Company website
Hellmuth and Bicknese's core focus is on sustainable development and design. Their expertise encompasses educational initiatives and green design guidelines, sustainable design presentations, green master planning, and facilitating sustainable design charrettes. This is in addition to and in support of their expertise as full service architects. The sustainable redevelopment of Brownfields has been a particular focus of the firm along with advising on and preparing LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) documentation for both New Construction (LEED™ NC) and for existing building (LEED™ EB). H + B can assist as sustainable design consultant or as prime architect and does so interchangeably depending on the particular circumstances.
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) Washington, D.C. Local Gov't Industry Association Company website
The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) is a not-for-profit organization that represents local government personnel responsible for ensuring environmental compliance and developing and implementing environmental policies and programs. NALGEP has performed substantial research on Brownfields and sustainable development.
National Center for Sustainable Development/Brownfields Stewardship Fund Washington, D.C. Sustainable Development/Financing  
The National Center for Sustainable Development (NCSD) is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to restore urban and suburban brownfields to new productive use. NCSD is assisted in carrying out its mission through the Brownfields Stewardship Fund (BSF). NCSD/BSF creates demonstration projects for others to study and both organizations work with other non governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop new tools for community use in reclaiming brownfields venues for new economic opportunities. NCSD/BSF provides the legal, technical, and financial expertise to help turn brownfields into new community economic or productive use.
Neptune and Company, Inc. Los Alamos, NM Sustainable Development Decision Making Consulting Company website
Neptune is a small business consulting firm dedicated to improving the quality of environmental decision making. In particular, Neptune focuses on assisting businesses with project planning and facilitation, environmental decision analysis and modeling, risk assessment, quality assurance and chemistry, training, and communication.
Portland Cement Association Skokie, IL Building/trade Industry Representative Company website
Portland Cement represents cement companies in the United States and Canada, and conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs. Recently, the cement industry formalized its commitment to environmental stewardship with a sustainable development initiative. The initiative includes an outreach program to educate the industry and customers about the role of concrete in sustainable development.
Rocky Mountain Institute Old Snowmass, CO Sustainability Think Tank and Consultant Company website
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining. RMI has extensive experience in tackling corporate and community problems through the use of whole-system thinking and integrated design. This includes work with heavy industry and electric utilities. In particular, RMI has wide-ranging experience in greening industrial processes, green building design and healthy buildings, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, pollution prevention, industrial symbiosis, and waste minimization.
Skeo Solutions Charlottesville, VA Environmental Policy and Consulting Company website
Skeo Solutions Inc. helps communities develop innovative, comprehensive land revitalization strategies. Our approach draws on and creatively integrates the perspectives and expertise of urban planners, landscape architects, economists, public policy specialists, environmental scientists and engineers, and community involvement facilitators.
Tetra Tech EM Inc. Chicago, IL Environmental Engineering and Consulting  
With almost 40 offices nationwide, Tetra Tech EM, Inc. offers environmental consulting and engineering services including environmental management, site clean-up, hazardous waste/materials management, air quality, regulatory compliance, information management, and training to government agencies and private clients in both the U.S. and internationally.
Third Leg Consultants New Orleans, LA Environmental Engineering, Urban Planning, Environmental Justice Company website
Third Leg Consultants is a firm with extensive experience in environmental engineering, remediation engineering, urban planning, environmental justice advocacy, and green / sustainable engineering.
US Business Council for Sustainable Development Austin, TX Business association Company website
The US BCSD is a non-profit association of businesses whose purpose is to create and deliver value-driven sustainable development projects in the United States . Launched in 2002, the US BCSD is a partner organization of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global network of 180 international companies with members drawn from 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. One of the major initiatives of the US BCSD is to promote the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of contaminated urban and degraded rural sites using economic incentives to promote conserving ecosystems through a project platform called Ecosystem Services.
Vita Nuova, L.L.C. Sandy Hook, CT Sustainable Development Consulting Company website
Vita Nuova is a consulting firm with experience in the sustainable redevelopment and revitalization of environmentally impacted properties and neighborhoods. Vita Nuova works to define and implement programs and technologies that promote sustainable development and return social and economic benefits to communities. To achieve a sustainable outcome for all, Vita Nuova integrates environmental risk management, planning, market analysis, stakeholder involvement and redevelopment skills.

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