Eligibility, Criteria & Categories
Applicants can be an individual, company, organization, governmental body or agency, or a group comprised of any of these. Applications may be submitted by any party having an interest or involvement in a project. The project must be a redeveloped brownfield which has been completed and ready for use between January 1, 2014 – August 31, 2016. For purposes of this award, “brownfields” are environmentally impaired abandoned or under-utilized properties.
At least one member of the nominating team must be a member of Minnesota Brownfields by the date of the application.
A team of independent judges will serve on a panel for each of the four award categories – environmental, economic, community, and small city impact – and will select the winners. Judges will be comprised of leaders in government, environmental, business and/or academic professions.
Applications will be evaluated by the judges based on measurable results of beneficial impact, use of innovative solutions, and incorporation of sustainability.
Projects that serve as models for brownfield redevelopment by providing community benefits, such as improvement in quality-of-life issues, addressing environmental justice, and/or using public policy initiatives.
Projects that serve as models for brownfield redevelopment by providing economic benefits such as job or housing creation, increase in tax base, and/or promotion of smart growth.
Projects that serve as models for brownfield redevelopment by providing environmental benefits such as reduction or elimination of environmental contaminant exposures, sustainability, and/or natural resource restoration.
Small City Impact
Projects in communities with population below 30,000 that serve as models for brownfield redevelopment by providing community, economic and/or environmental benefits as described in the categories above.