The Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Atlas: An Online Decision-Support Tool for Environmental Remediation and Community Revitalization
Dr. Christian Wells, Professor of Anthropology, Director, Center for Brownfields Research & Redevelopment, University of South Florida
The Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Atlas is a free and easy-to-use online tool that can be used to help with remediation efforts and community revitalization. With comprehensive data on recent trends over time in demographics, jobs, housing, crime, poverty, and environmental contamination and risk factors, the Atlas offers a one-stop-shop for brownfield communities. Data from several state and national sources have been aggregated and analyzed including: the American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), the U.S. EPA EJSCREEN tool (with public health data), FDOT maps and aerials (including historical photos), and the FDEP database of brownfields and environmental conditions across Florida (including RECs, CRECs, and HRECs). The Atlas takes the form of an online GIS and includes several useful widgets providing visual displays of decadal trends. This presentation will introduce the main features and functions of the Atlas, demonstrate step-by-step how to use it, and provide recommendations for how to incorporate the information into U.S. EPA proposals.
Dr. Christian Wells is President of the Florida Brownfields Association, and Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Brownfields Research and Redevelopment at the University of South Florida, where he has served previously as Founding Director of the Office of Sustainability and Deputy Director of the School of Global Sustainability. He is an environmental anthropologist whose research focuses on improving human and environmental health outcomes of re/development efforts in marginalized communities. He has received numerous awards for research, teaching, and community service, including the Black Bear Award from the Sierra Club of Tampa Bay “in recognition of outstanding dedication to sustainability and the environment.”