Kompetenzzentrum für Boden,
Grundwasser & Flächenrevitalisierung


Testing Sustainability Assessment Tools in Cross National Application

A German-US Cooperation

In 1991 a bilateral working-group on remediation technologies was established by initiative of the US EPA and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The group consists of German and US experts in revitalization of contaminated land. Those people are affiliated with several organizations: administrative bodies on diverse scales, universities, research centers, developers, land owners, SME’s, and lawyer’s offices. The common goal of these experts: bringing forward the revitalization of contaminated areas and enhance socio-economic and environmental well-being of communities.

Within the IVth phase the cooperation focused on the entire process of brownfield revitalization and methods and technologies supporting such processes. Within a kick-off Workshop in November 2010 four tools – two US tools and two German tools – were chosen for application in the respective other country. The overall goal was to test the applicability of these approaches and to identify the needs for adjustments.

Financial support for these projects mainly came from the TASK – The Centre of Competence for Soil, Groundwater and Site Revitalization founded and financed by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Leipzig, Germany) and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

On April 19, 2012 a final Workshop on these applications took place in Cincinnati, Ohio. The four tool applications were presented to the wider public of potential users – representatives of local planning administrations, consultants, researchers, and representatives of the U.S. EPA.

The major result of all applications was: The tools are helpful in opening and guiding a discussion about potential re-use of a brownfield site. They provide reliable frameworks for a rational discussion of options for re-use of brownfields. Qualified and transparent results can be achieved, which then build the basis for a qualified discussion about the causes and consequences of the outcome. The option to revise weights of goals and sub-goals, as well as indicators, and to change operationalization and measurement is necessary to better adjust the tools to American and German conditions in general, and to conditions and goals of individual cities in the U.S.A., particularly.

Here you can find all the available presentations from the Cincinnati Workshop:

OPTIRISK Presentation Cincinnati (6.7 MB)
PLACES Presentation Cincinnati (8.4 MB)
SINBRA Presentation Cincinnati (2.9 MB)
SmartGrowth Presentation Cincinnati (540.1 KB)

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