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SMARTe: An Online Resource For Improving Revitalization Decisions For Potentially Contaminated Sites
YEARDLEY JR, R. B. AND A. M. VEGA. SMARTe: An Online Resource For Improving Revitalization Decisions For Potentially Contaminated Sites. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/F-11/028, 2011.
To help groups who want to develop sites overcome obstacles associated with revitalization of brownfields.
Brownfields and Superfund sites contaminated from hazardous waste often occupy prime real estate. EPA estimates that about 450,000 abandoned and polluted waste sites nationwide have been affected by oil or chemicals or impacted by use by various industries. It is important to encourage the revitalization of previously used lands. This should occur in a way that maintains existing social and environmental systems and enhances the local economy. The U.S.-German Bilateral Working Group developed SMARTe, a web-based decision support tool. SMARTe stands for Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools - Electronic and is available at www.SMARTe.org. SMARTe will aid stakeholders who are developing and evaluating options for reusing potentially contaminated properties. SMARTe was produced to help stakeholders identify, apply, and integrate tools and technology for sustainable revitalization.