Equitable Development/Brownfields Planning Resources

tools and resources to inform your practice

Our team is devoted to curating and creating the most informative, cutting-edge tools, resources, and thought pieces from innovative practitioners across the equitable development field. Our Technical Assistance Program and Community of Practice are designed to be a rich source of field-tested tools and information for practitioners working to ensure that all citizens participate in the economic growth, wealth building, and prosperity that can emanate from brownfield redevelopment planning and projects. Click around and check out our resource page. We’re constantly updating this page, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or if you have not-to-miss content to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Reclaiming Brownfields for Urban Food Production

Knowing your Soil
Background on land uses and their associated contaminants; resources for researching a site’s history and testing soils for potentially harmful substances

Best Practices for Food Production in Areas Suspected of Contamination
Explores best practices for minimizing exposure to contaminants both on- and off-site; meat, milk, and egg production in urban settings; and special considerations of vulnerable populations and environmental justice communities

Brownfield to Community Asset: Best Practices for Reclaiming Brownfield Sites for Urban Agriculture & Greening Reuse 
Groundwork USA’s presentation to the American Community Gardening Association’s 2016 national conference

Literature Review on Contamination and Urban Food Production
Conducted for Groundwork USA by Rebecca Harnik


Templates & Guides

Inspiration & Food for Thought

Data, Statistics, Making the Case

Healthy Communities = Investing in People