SMARTe: Improving Revitalization Decisions Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools – electronic (SMARTe) Leipzig Baldwinsville, NY
What is SMARTe?
SMARTe is a FREE web-based tool to assist brownfield revitalization stakeholders in the development and evaluation of future reuse scenarios for potentially contaminated sites. SMARTe Overview Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools – electronic SMARTe 2006 is available at:
Who can Benefit from SMARTe? Community members Brownfield grantees Regulators and Redevelopment Agencies Federal, State, and Local Government Officials Financial and Legal Stakeholders Developers Property Owners Private Consultants
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–Identifying market and non-market costs and benefits of revitalization options –Identifying private and public financing options –Evaluating and communicating environmental risks –Identifying and evaluating characterization, remediation, and long-term monitoring technologies –Identifying state-specific information Obstacles to Revitalization Challenge: To remove, or overcome the obstacles of revitalization Short list:
Who is developing SMARTe? How is SMARTe being developed? Open Literature – EPA and Other Sources Model Projects (sites that were successful in at least one aspect of revitalization) – Interviews and Presentations National and International Conferences Discussions with Experts in the Field Existing Databases Joint Workshops Review Comments User Feedback Beta Test Sites SMARTe is a collaborative effort between the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the U.S. EPA, and the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council How? Who?
Primary Components of SMARTe 2006 Strategic Economic Environmental Social Revitalization Future Land Use Economic Analysis Sources of Money Environmental Issues Liability Project Participation Community Involvement
The major difference between SMARTe 2006 and SMARTe 2008 SMARTe 2006 ● Helps stakeholders to become familiar with revitalization topics and issues. ● Provides stakeholders with the resources and links to more specific information. ● Has some tools, databases, and best practices for the stakeholders to review. ● Contents of SMARTe will help the stakeholders overcome the obstacles they will encounter during the decision-making process. ● Users can provide feedback for improvement of future versions of SMARTe. SMARTe 2008 ● Will walk stakeholders through the steps of developing a revitalization plan. ● Will have more of a complete decision support capability to help stakeholders overcome the complexities and obstacles they will encounter during the decision-making process. ● During the development of the revitalization plan, SMARTe will help the stakeholders evaluate what reuse options are available for their site.
Schedule of SMARTe Development There will be annual updates that will add tools and address the feedback comments SMARTe 2006: currently at: SMARTe 2007: Available October 2006 SMARTe 2008: Available October 2007 Will have complete decision support capability Development of sustainable revitalization tools: Final SMARTe: 2010 (updates as needed) Continuous beta testing and user feedback
The Role of Beta-Testing in SMARTe’s Development We started working with three beta test sites in January, We’re open to taking on more beta test sites as well. We put a call out for sites that needed help with overcoming the obstacles of revitalization planning. The idea is to see if SMARTe can help the site continue to move forward in their planning. Two SMARTe liaisons were assigned to each site to assist the stakeholders in using SMARTe. Another role of the liaisons is to obtain specific comments and suggestions from the stakeholders regarding the usefulness of SMARTe. The experience of using SMARTe with the beta test sites will help make SMARTe even more informative and user friendly in future versions.
SMARTe Development and Community Impact One of the Beta Test Sites is in Dakota City, NE - small community of about 1900 residents - site is a closed landfill next to the Missouri River - lime piles on top of the capped landfill Current Benefits to Beta Test Sites: - puts the site in contact with the right people to talk to, such as the liaisons and their contacts - stakeholders can use SMARTe 2006 for information and guidance - biggest issues are sources of money and geotechnical concerns
SMARTe Development and Community Impact - Rural community of 178 residents - Superfund site Another One of the Beta Test Sites is Stella, MO - Cardwell Hospital contaminated with asbestos, lead, & mercury - Biggest issue is the source of money - Visioning workshop led to L-shape plan
Navigating through SMARTe 2006
Example of SMARTe 2006 sub-topics Estimating Viability
Estimating Economic Viability Information (More information below)
Another example of what you can find on SMARTe Public Financing
Public Financing – Sources of Money This is just a portion of what is available in this section of SMARTe
Some other features of SMARTe 2006
More features of SMARTe 2006
Tools Available in SMARTe 2006
The “Search” feature of SMARTe 2006:
Example of search results
Example of Future Land Use Based On “Industrial” Word Search
Some more features of SMARTe 2006
Submitting Feedback about the SMARTe Website
The Role of User Feedback in SMARTe’s Development
Future SMARTe Focus Areas Rural areas Mine-scarred lands Methamphetamine sites Railfields Underground storage tank sites Regional and local land revitalization planningRegional and local land revitalization planning Flexible project management (including long-term stewardship)Flexible project management (including long-term stewardship) Brownscape Design (Green buildings/materials; energy conservation, stormwater control)Brownscape Design (Green buildings/materials; energy conservation, stormwater control) Additional analysis tools
To Access SMARTe Requires Internet Explorer 6.0 or Mozilla/Firefox 1.1 & higher
Kim McClellan U.S. EPA – Office of Research and Development (513) Cherie Newman U.S. EPA – Office of Research and Development (513) Contact Information
Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment (OBCR) US-German Bilateral Working Group Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council Additional Web Sites