What is a brownfield?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a brownfield as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant”.
How many brownfields are there?
EPA estimates there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the US.
Brownfields are often abandoned, closed or under-used industrial or commercial facilities, such as an abandoned factory in a town’s former industrial section or a closed commercial building or warehouse in a suburban setting. Brownfields, however, can be located anywhere and can be quite small.
To view a map displaying NYC brownfields, we can visit this link: http://habitatmap.org/markers?maps=199.
Unfortunately, this map is not a complete list of all New York City brownfields; NYC houses over 7,000 contaminated sites. As of now, no complete list is available to the public. There is major room for improvement in raising community awareness on brownfields.