Development, Brownfields & Smart Growth
subcontract to not-for-profit Sustainable Community Development
Group, Inc. which, partnered with Northeast-Midwest Institute, is
implementing a cooperative agreement funded by U.S. EPA in 2005.
Deliverables include development of an inclusive Brownfields Disadvantaged
Communities Network, building partnerships and delivering technical
assistance on redevelopment of under-utilized properties,
identification and problem-solving unique challenges in communities
of color and low income communities.
supports the Sustainable Community Development Group, Inc., which
serves as the Secretariat to the African American Forum on Race &
Regionalism (AAFRR). Via research projects, conferences, meetings,
workshops, publications, and policy development, AAFRR provides a
place for interdisciplinary dialogue among African Americans,
communities of color and other stakeholders on equitable
development, smart growth and metropolitan sustainability. AAFRR (www.aafrr.org)
is a collaborative project of the Ford Foundation, PolicyLink, the
Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University,
the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio
State University, and the Sustainable Community Development Group,
GERI supports the Ford Foundationís Sustainable Metropolitan Communities
Program in the Community and Resource Development Unit. Support
includes strategic plans, consensus building, research and data
analysis on equitable development, smart growth and regional equity,
consitutency outreach and a website.
meetings and events, coordinates public policy development, projects
and and publications.
GERI developed and convened a
workshop on brownfields redevelopment at the 2000 National Forum for
Black Public Administrators annual conference in Charlotte, NC. The
workshop, which featured a multi-stakeholder expert panel, focused
on Reducing Barriers and Promoting Public Sector Roles in
developed and drafted for a local community organization,
Jesus People Against Pollution, grant proposal language submitted to
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supporting participation by
community-based organizations in the Columbia, Mississippi
Brownfields District Partnership. The Partnership was funded by EPA
and involves public/private sector collaboration to cleanup and
redevelop contaminated areas.
directs the national nonprofit Partnership for
Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment (PSBR) including governmental
relations, fundraising, grants administration and contracts.
GERI manages development, design
and delivery of brownfields research, reports, workshops and
training on sustainability and multi-stakeholder involvement in
developed a series of brownfields educational tools including Guide
to Evaluating Brownfields Redevelopment Outcomes; Guide to
Assessment of the Multi-Stakeholder Involvement Process in
Brownfields Projects; Key Steps in Sustainable Brownfields
Redevelopment; A Guide to Brownfields Stakeholders; and A Report on
Multi-Stakeholder Decision Processes at U.S. Brownfields
supports the Ford Foundationís metropolitan sustainability
initiative via research and data analysis on smart growth and
regional equity, developing constituency databases, outreach, public
policy development, meetings and event planning, project
coordination, strategic plans and publications.
developed a training program funded by EPA that will design and
implement an innovative model curriculum and train community groups
and community development corporations (CDCs) in two U.S. cities.
The training will integrate real estate investment, financing and
development techniques with environment, health goals and community