Nominate a Project
Minnesota Brownfields is now accepting nominations for the 2020 ReScape Awards!
This year we will use a two-step process for redevelopment projects nominated for ReScape Awards. The first step is to complete a short LOI nomination form. Anyone with basic knowledge of a project is welcome to submit this form, which staff will use to contact project leaders, to encourage them to complete a full application. The full application resembles last year’s, except for adjustments to the award categories, as described below. Submit full applications by Tuesday, September 15.
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, 2018 – August 31, 2020. 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 – Community, Economic, Environmental, Promising Project, and Innovation – 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.
Community Impact Award
Projects achieving notable community benefits, placing a high value on community outreach, incorporating equitable approaches, improving quality-of-life issues, and/or using other social innovations or public policy initiatives.
Economic Impact Award
Projects modeling positive economic impacts for cities and neighborhoods involving community wealth creation, job or housing creation, increase in tax base, and/or promotion of smart growth.
Environmental Impact Award
Projects currently underway or even stalled, which have shown innovative solutions to complex challenges, and promise substantial community, economic or environmental impacts upon completion.
Promising Project Award
Projects in communities with a population below 30,000 that are located outside of the 7-county Twin Cities metro area. These projects serve as models for brownfield redevelopment by providing community, economic and/or environmental benefits as described in the categories above.
Projects employing unique and innovative approaches to redevelopment challenges related to engineering, financing, legal, community outreach, or other issues.
Up to two winners will win in each of the five award categories – a large project winner and a small project winner. Size is defined by total project cost. As a frame of reference, we consider small projects to be those with total cost of around $10 million or less. However, we reserve the right to adjust this cutoff based on the applications received. The judges will evaluate the relative impacts of projects, as compared to these projects’ investment costs, rather than based on absolute impact overall.
Minnesota Brownfields will congratulate winning projects and promote sponsors, including through press releases and advertising in local papers and other media outlets. In the past, the ReScape awards have been covered in the Minnesota Real Estate Journal and other publications. Minnesota Brownfields will also develop brief, professional promotional videos about the winning projects to disseminate information about brownfield redevelopment and the positive transformations it creates for individuals and communities, across the state.