Brownfields are vacant or underutilized properties that are difficult to redevelop or reuse due to the presence of a hazardous pollutant or contaminant. In many cases these sites are located in low-income communities where they contribute to urban blight and pose a potential environmental health threat to the residents. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands.
Groundwork participates in the EPA’s Brownfield Remediation program by creating community gardens, which help to naturally cleanse the soil over time. Many of our restoration sites along the Saw Mill River are also deemed brownfields due to years of industrial runoff and the close proximity to major parkways.