Brownfield Community Benefit Assessment Toolkit (BCBAT)
We will be at the National Brownfields Training Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania next week. Ryan Eckdale-Dudley will be giving live demos at the USEPA Headquarters’ booth (215) on Tuesday, December 5th 10:30 – 11:30 AM and 4:30 – 6:00 PM. He will be talking about the development and testing of a Brownfield Community Benefit Assessment Toolkit (BCBAT). Stop by and check it out
Together with partners from the E.P. Systems Group, Inc. and the Urban Institute and Lazarus LLC, Symbiont will develop and pilot test a Brownfield Community Benefit Assessment Toolkit (BCBAT). The Center for Environmental Policy and Management at The University of Louisville is the proud recipient of a five-year, $1,000,000 research grant from the EPA's Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants program. The BCBAT benefits calculation toolkit will be designed to be used by communities to better project and track a wider variety of community benefits associated with brownfields redevelopment than has previously been possible.
What is the BCBAT?
The toolkit will be based on an easy to use, mobile app for baseline data linked with a web-based desktop analysis portal. The system will use accessible national, state, local and hyper-local data as the foundation for benefit calculation formulas we develop.
This project is unique in that it will re-examine and augment traditional economic benefit models for redevelopment and in-fill development to include a broader set of indicators that have until recently been difficult to systematically measure. It will also explore the efficacy and value of including hyper-local community collected data in these models now that technological advances open the door to systematic and consistent collection of that level of information.