Edited by Richard C. Hula, Laura A. Reese and Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore
Chapter 12, From Blighted Brownfields to Healthy and Sustainable Communities: Tracking Performance and Measuring Outcomes was written by ATSDR’s National Brownfields Coordinator Laurel Berman and Christopher A. DeSousa, Terri Linder, and David Misky, all of whom were partners on a community health and brownfields project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The chapter examines issues and efforts aimed at linking brownfields redevelopment to public health and sustainability via benchmarking and indicator reporting.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry (ATSDR) Brownfields/
Land-Reuse Site Tool (“ATSDR Site Tool”)
was developed to meet the needs of local
health departments’ request for a tool with
rapid site inventory capabilities, including
site history, proposed use, contaminants, and
future use. This tool was the result of a local
public health department survey and includes
a robust set of features such as a site
inventory, site visit, citizen concerns call log,
multiple chemical dose calculator, and document
repository. This tool enhances what
is available and it is free, cost-effective, and
helps protects public health. This article is published in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health
Leading Change for Healthy Communities and Successful Land Reuse is a series of case studies
or “success stories” showing redevelopment to achieve a variety of health-related goals: recreation/greenspace;
quality, affordable housing; access to health care, community policing, and other services; education;
revitalization of tribal lands; and new jobs and economic development to benefit the community.
Each case study tells a story of how community health was successfully integrated into brownfields
redevelopment and land reuse, highlighting key elements such as leadership, financing and other resources
tapped, stakeholder involvement, actions taken, measures of success, and lessons learned.
The Baraboo Brownfields/Land Revitalization Action Model incorporated health monitoring goals and was used to
focus on community issues and associated health outcomes that can be tracked over time to indicate changes in
community health status. This report documents the results of the current community health conditions in the
Baraboo Ringling Riverfront Redevelopment project area through 33 different baseline measurement indicators.
The City of Baraboo intends to create a 'living' document from this report so that community members can have
access to project outcomes at all times through print versions provided to the local library and a report to be
maintained on the City's Web site. Both ATSDR and the City of Baraboo hope this report will also serve as a
model for other communities undergoing revitalization.
This report documents current conditions in the 30th Street Corridor in 2008 through a series of baseline measures. The information in this report assisted the Corridor Development Community to make redevelopment decisions and may be revisited in future years to quantify the different ways that redevelopment activities might have contributed to changes in the health and quality of life among 30th Street Corridor residents. ATSDR and our Milwaukee partners hope this report will serve as a model for other communities undergoing redevelopment.
Environmental Practice, Volume 11, Issue 03, September 2009.