Like recycling cans and bottles, land recycling is the reuse of abandoned, vacant, or underused properties for redevelopment or repurposing.
The U.S. EPA defines a brownfield as, “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” Essentially, brownfield sites are abandoned and unused property that is blighted by real or perceived environmental contamination.
A site, often on the urban periphery, that has never been developed.
The rehabilitation and redevelopment of a brownfield site that encompasses decontamination and the construction of facilities that may be entirely new or that may make use of existing structures.
Development that takes place within previously built-up sections of a city; often intersects with brownfield redevelopment as much contaminated land exists within cities.
A relatively unplanned and uncontrolled form of urban development beyond the compact urban core that results from ever-expanding development on greenfield sites.
A form of development that uses public transit lines to create corridors of high-density development around stations similar to beads on a necklace
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
A type of development that makes cities and society more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.