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The IFA’s Environmental Programs, which consist of the Indiana Brownfields Program and the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Programs, continuously seek ways to stay on the forefront of national financial and environmental trends and meet Governor Pence's priority to attract new businesses, create more jobs, and improve the health of Hoosiers. Incorporating sustainability into the Indiana Brownfields Program and the SRF Loan Programs is a natural outgrowth of this goal. In Indiana and across the country, redevelopment professionals have been discovering the numerous benefits of sustainable redevelopment and green building practices, including increased profitability, more efficient use of resources, and improvements in the general well-being of the community. This Web page will highlight the Indiana communities already benefiting from sustainable redevelopment practices, as well as provide resources to help guide and encourage others to incorporate sustainability into their brownfield projects.

Indiana Brownfields Program and Sustainability

Brownfield redevelopment itself is a sustainable development practice. Reusing a brownfield site offers additional opportunities to reduce environmental impact through the reuse of existing site structures and infrastructure, the recycling of demolition materials, and other sustainable practices.

The Indiana Brownfields Program is making programmatic changes to encourage the incorporation of sustainable remediation and development techniques into Indiana’s brownfield redevelopment projects. The Program's financial incentive guidelines have been revised to add scoring criteria pertaining to projects that anticipate and plan for environmental benefits beyond the assessment and/or remediation of on-site contamination as demonstrated by the reuse of existing buildings, connection of the site to existing modes of transportation, new construction of LEED-certified buildings, use of renewable energy sources, etc. For more information, click here to view individual financial assistance guidelines.

Examples of Sustainable Indiana Brownfield Redevelopment Successes

Items of Interest

October 2, 2014
WEBINAR: Green & Sustainable Remediation                                                                                                                                                                                
11:00AM-1:15PM EDT
The Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) is presenting this webinar to discuss sustainable concepts and factors for cleanup remedies that are still protective of human health and the environment.  The consideration of these factors is Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) -- the site-specific employment of products, processes, technologies, and procedures that mitigate contaminant risk to receptors while making decisions that are cognizant of balancing community goals, economic impacts, and net environmental effects.  This training provides background on GSR concepts, a scalable and flexible framework and metrics, tools and resources to conduct GSR evaluations on remedial projects. The training is based on the ITRC's Technical & Regulatory Guidance Document: Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2011) as well as ITRC's Overview Document, Green and Sustainable Remediation: State of the Science and Practice (GSR-1, 2011).
To Register, check out

U.S. EPA Resources Available for Local Governments on Transportation Control Measures, Smart Growth, and Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing

  • New and Updated U.S. EPA Resources Available for Local Governments on Transportation Control Measures, Smart Growth, and Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing.  U.S. EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program has released three documents that give straightforward overviews of how local governments can use transportation control measures, smart growth principles, and energy efficiency in affordance housing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  These documents are part of the Loal Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series, which helps policy makers and program staff plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective climate and energy projects that generate economic, environmental, social, and human health benefits. 
    • NEW:  Transportation Control Measures, developed jointly with U.S. EPA's Office of Transportation & Air Quality
    • UPDATED:  Smart Growth
    • UPDATED:  Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing

In 2009, U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help communities increase transportation choices, improve access to affordable housing, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment. Although these documents are not issued by the Partnership, they support Partnership goals by helping communities integrate energy efficiency, transportation efficiency, and smart growth principles into their climate protection programs.

Learn more at

  • Interim Resource Guide:  Greener Cleanups thorugh Sustainable Materials Management.  This resource guide, released by U.S. EPA Region 5 in May 2001, will help you find opportunities to:
    • reuse and recycle the construction and demolition debris generated on sites as part of the cleanup;
    • use compost for erosion control;
    • use compost, foundry sand, and other materials as soil amendments or growing medium;
    • incorporate native plants to reduce long-term maintenance and protect water quality;
    • use recycled or reclaimed materials as fill or as a component in pavements;

The document addresses benefits, techniques, and specifications, and includes a number of project spotlights to give real-world examples of these techniques being used in remediations around the Midwest.  The document is available here

  • U.S. EPA: RE-Powering America's Land Initiative Management Plan.  Resources from U.S. EPA to Evaluate Renewable Energy Development Potential on Indiana Sites. U.S. EPA is encouraging the development of renewable energy by identifying currently and formerly contaminated lands and mining sites that present opportunities for renewable energy development. Through the following link,, you will find information and resources for developers, industry, and anyone interested in renewable energy development on formerly contaminated land and mining sites. EPA's Fact Sheet with specific information pertaining to Indiana Incentives for Clean and Renewable Energy and Development of Contaminated Land can be found at :


Web links



  • Water Environment Research Foundation
  • Stormwater Manager's Resource Center
  • The Low Impact Development Center, Inc.
  • Fact sheets and guidance documents


  • New Adjuncts to ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups (ASTM E2893-13e1). ASTM Incorporated recently released two adjuncts that
    facilitate use of the Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups. One adjunct is the Appendix X2 "Technical Summary Form" as a writable PDF
    (ADJE289301). The second adjunct is the Appendix X3 "Greener Cleanup BMPs" table containing over 160 best management practices
    (BMPs) in an Excel format (ADJE289302). With the Excel format, users can sort BMPs applying to particular remediation technologies
    and core elements and add more BMPs. These adjunct files are available to purchase from ASTM separately or at a reduced rate with the
    standard. For more information on purchasing the standard and adjuncts, see

     “On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool“ - U.S. EPA Region 5 produced a residential demolition bid specification toolkit for entities engaged in residential demolition operations. The bid specification development tool highlights environmental issues and concerns that may arise in connection with a demolition project, particularly those concerns that can be factored into the demolition contracting process. The use of environmentally beneficial demolition practices can result in long- and short-term environmental benefits and set the stage for vacant lot revitalization. This report identifies the environmentally-sensitive activities associated with demolishing residences, from pre-planning to demolition to site rehabilitation (e.g. hazardous materials abatement, fill material selection and placement, material recycling or deconstruction). For each of the activities, the report provides decision-making information and bid specification language suggestions to assist local government officials in updating their bid specification documents.  Report available at:
  • U.S. EPA Guide Addresses Runoff at Brownfield Sites.  The Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) released guidance September 25 to inform urban planners, engineers and developers how they can use bioswales, rain gardens and porous pavements to capture stormwater runoff at brownfield sites without mobilizing pollutants in the soil and contaminating groundwater.  The guidance, "Implementing Stormwater Infiltration Practices at Vacant Parcels and Brownfield Sites", addresses six key questions to determine whether infiltration - which allows accumulated stormwater runoff to percolate into the subsoil - or other management approaches are appropriate for a specific brownfield property.  The guidance, prepared by the EPA Office of Water and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, indicates that stormwater management planning should be done alongside site investigation, stte approvals, selection of cleanup approaches and design and engineering of site improvements.  The guidance is available at

    ITRC's Technical & Regulatory Guidance Document:  Green and Sustainable Remediation:  A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2011) and ITRC's Overview Document:  Green and Sustainable Remediation:  State of the Schience and PracticeMany state and federal agencies are just beginning to assess and apply green and sustainable remediation (GSR) into their regulatory programs.  These documents provide basic GSR principles and definitions, background on GSR concepts, a scalable and flexible framework and metrics, and tools and resources to conduct GSR evaluations on remedial projects.  This information should help organizations initiating GSR programs, as well as those organizations seeking to incorporate GSR considerations into existing regulatory guidance.

  • Sustainable Redevelopment Best Management Practices.  The Sustainable Brownfields Consortium, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago and including researchers and technical advisors from UIC, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Resources for the Future, Ryerson University, and Kandiyo, has posted numerous case studies and research reports from work under a U.S. EPA Brownfields Training, Research and Technical Assistance grant on best management practices and benefits of sustainable redevelopment of brownfield sites.  The research can be found at:
  • Engineering Issue Paper: Sustainable Materials Management in Site Cleanup (EPA 542-F-13-001).  Sites undergoing cleanup provide opportunities for reducing waste and diverting it from landfills.  Many of the opportunities involve reusing onsite materials, reusing or recycling materials offsite, and procuring construction materials with recycled content.  Site-specific examples of applying these and other strategies and an extensive compendium of related tools and resources are now available in this issue paper compiled by the Engineering Forum of the U.S. EPA's Technical Support Project (March 2013, 12 pages).  View or download at .
  • New CLU-IN Focus Area on Bioremediation.  The new bioremediation focus area provides a general introduction to aerobic, anaerobic, and cometabolic biodegradation mechanisms, as well as guidance, and site specific information.  Both in situ and ex situ technologies are addressed.  View and use at
  • ASTSWMO's Community Gardening on Brownfields Toolbox, October 2012 - The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Brownfields Focus Group has finalized its general toolbox on community gardens.  This is designated to assist States by providing a reference guide for community gardening at brownfield sites.  States can add their own State-specific and other regulatory information to increase the document's applicability and usefulness.  Check out the document at:
  • New Guidebook:  Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities
  • Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Incentives for Greener Cleanups
  • U.S. EPA Green Cleanup Standard Initiative - February 2009 Update
  • U.S. EPA Region 5 Greener Cleanup Interim Policy - March 2010
  • U.S. EPA Greener Cleanups Fact Sheet - August 2010
  • U.S. EPA Federal Incentives for Achieving Clean Energy Development on Contaminated Lands
  • U.S. EPA State Incentives for Achieving Clean and Renewable Energy Development on Contaminated Lands
  • U.S. EPA Green Infrastructure Municipal Handbook
  • Market Barriers to Green Development
  • U.S. EPA Technology Primer, Green Remediation: Incorporating sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites
  • Smart Energy Resources Guide, Complete Report and Appendices
  • U.S. EPA Fact Sheet: Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Site Remediation
  • Green Remediation: Best Management Practices for Excavation and Surface Restoration
  • National Association of Counties, How Counties Are Going Green: An Overview of NACo’s Green Government Initiative
  • Green Building Impact Report: Do Green Buildings Demonstrate Environmental Improvement
  • Removing the Roadblocks: How to Make Sustainable Development Happen Now - August 2009
  • U.S. EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program Guidance Documents
  • Interim Resource Guide:  Greener Cleanups through Sustainable Materials Management
  • The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Sustainability and the U.S. EPA
  • Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments
  • New Green Remediation Focus RSS Feed
  • Technology News and Trends (EPA-N-12-001)
  • Technology Innovation News Survey



      Events/Presentation materials

      Archive of Past Items

      New and Updated U.S. EPA Resources Available for Local Governments on Transportation Control Measures, Smart Growth, and Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing.  U.S. EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program has released three documents that give straightforward overviews of how local governments can use transportation control measures, smart growth principles, and energy efficiency in affordance housing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, contact Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. 

      September 13, 2013
      DEADLINE: Funding (cycle 1) for Green Economic Development Projects.
      The Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Public Works Program provides grants to support job creation in economically distressed areas of the United States.  EDA grants can support local renewable energy, green building, energy eficiency, and recycling projects.  Click here  for a copy of the RFP.  Contact Andrew Seth at 202-261-9881 or

      November 7, 2013                                                                                                                                       
      Webinar: Spurring Local Economic Development with Clean Energy Programs
      3-4:30 p.m. EST  
      This U.
      S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) webinar discusses how communities can use energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for local economic development. Efforts to improve energy efficiency and generate renewable energy can benefit a local economy in much the same way as other development activities. In fact, unlike financial incentive programs and speculative infrastructure investments that depend on positive business responses to yield benefits, many clean energy investments produce immediate economic returns to localities—and thus can be attractive options for local economic development organizations. This webinar reviews these often overlooked returns on investment and the factors that shape their local economic impacts.  Register here.

      June 3, 2013
      DEADLINE: IDEM Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) Grant Applications
      The state's RMDP has been authorized to release $500,000 in grant funds to aid recycling businesses and boost economic development in Indiana.  Recycling businesses have to apply for the grants that are aimed at helping purchase equipment for manufacturing recycled materials into new products.  For additional information about the Recycling Market Development Program or to apply, call (800) 451-6027 or visit IDEM's Recycle Indiana website at

      March 9, June 8, September 14, 2012
      DEADLINE: Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Economic Development Assistance Program Grants for Renewable
      Energy/Energy Efficiency Projects
      Contact EDA for help in preparing your application.  For more information, click here.

    • March 28, 2012
      DEADLINE: Sustainable Land Re-Use Tools for Practitioners Registration
      To register and for more information: Please contact Verle Hansen at 513-569-7326, and see the flyer here

      April 17 and 23, 2012
      WEBINAR SERIES: U.S. EPA TechDirect National Association of Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Presents: Two Webinars from th 2011 NARPM Greener Cleanups Sessions
      1:00pm -3:00pm EDT
      For more information and to register, see

    • April 19, 2012
      WORKSHOP: Sustainable Land Re-Use Tools for Practitioners
      Cincinnati, OH
      This workshop is Free.  To register and for more information: Please contact Verle Hansen at 513-569-7326,  See the flyer here.  See the Agenda here.

      May 10-11, 2012
      CONFERENCE: Midwestern Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference
      Detroit, Michigan

      May 22, 2012
      Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land: Tools for Local Governments
      2:00PM-3:30PM EDT -
      This webinar will provide an overview of tools available to local governments to help them get renewable energy projects built on contaminated land in their community.  Through its RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated land and mining sites.  EPA has identified thousands of acres of Brownfield, Superfund, mining and other potentially contaminated sites with potential for utility scale solar facilities.  Siting renewable energy facilities on brownfields offers significant benefits to communities.  During this session, Shea Jones with EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative will highlight some of the recent tools developed by EPA, including two decision trees that were created to screen potentially contaminated and underutilized sites for solar and wind potentital and a draft best practice guide for siting solar on landfills.  Joshua Huneycutt with DOE's Sun Shot Initiative will discuss DOE's compilation of best practices titled "Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments."  Anjali Patel with the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) will provide an overview of NALGEP's "Gultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments."  Finally, Stephanie Wang with the Clean Coalitiion will describe the "Local CLEAN Program Guide," which helps local policymakers and advocates across the nation design, implement and campaign for CLEAN Programs.  For more information and to register, see

      Calls for Ideas Deadline Extended to August 24, 2012
      DEADLINE: The Brownfields 2013 Call for Ideas

      September 14, 2012
      DEADLINE: Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Economic Development Assistance Program Grants for Renewable Energy/Energy Efficient Projects
      Contact EDA for help in preparing your application.  For more infrmation, click here.

      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a new strategy that would make cleanups at hazardous waste sites greener.  The Superfund Green Remediation Strategy is an initial effort to outline key actions and related activities that can be undertaken to promote green remediation and to reduce energy use.  Click here for more information. 

      WEBINAR: August 10, 2011, 1:00pm-3:00pm - Greener Cleanups - EPA's Methodology for Understanding and Reducing a Project's Environmental Footprint
      For more information and to register, click here

      WEBINAR: September 30, 2011, 12:00pm-1:00pm - Framework for Integrating Sustainability into Environmental Remediation Projects or

      SEMINAR: October 20, 2011, 1:00pm-3:00pm - Indianapolis Chapter Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Trade Show Seminar - Responsible Brownfield Redevelopment - Demolition, Deconstruction or Building Reuse, Indianapolis, Indiana - for more information and to register see

      WEBINAR: October 28, 2011, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT - Developing a Business Plan for an Urban Farm - for more information and to register, see or

      February 9, 2010
      U.S. EPA Region 5: A Greener Cleanup Workshop - free workshop

      Chicago, IL and by video-enhanced Webinar
      View workshop details. | Presentations | U.S. EPA Region 5 Greener Cleanup Interim Policy - added March 2010
      April 14-16, 2010
      Sustainable Property Transactions: Retooling the Business of Contaminated Site Redevelopments
      Philadelphia, PA at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
      Read Press Release | Register Now!

      September 15, 2009 
      Workshop: Tapping into the Emerging Green Economy: Green Economic Development Strategies for Community and Brownfield Redevelopment
      Indianapolis, IN 
      Click here for more information.

      October 8, 2009
      Sustainable Development:  Building Green on Brownfield Sites
      Chicago, IL

      Brownfields, Renewables, and Carbon - US and EU Perspectives on Site Cleanup and Climate Change
      Internet Seminar- May 26, 2009,_Renewables,_and_Carbon_-_US_and_EU_Perspectives_on_Site_Cleanup_and_Climate_Change_20090526

      U.S. EPA Webcast Series: Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure


      Mention of non-Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) Web site links does not constitute an IFA endorsement of their contents, only an acknowledgement that they exist and may be relevant to our brownfields redevelopment stakeholders.

      Project Highlights

      A former Studebaker facility has been redeveloped into a new transfer/recycling station in South Bend, referred to as Green Tech Recycling (Green Tech). This is a great example of how thinking green for the environment can bring cost savings, new jobs, and community enrichment.

      After a long industrial past, the former Studebaker Plant 8 facility sat vacant for 12 years. Mother Earth LLC (Mother Earth) then acquired the property in 2005 and invested $4 million for its demolition, remediation, and redevelopment. The Indiana Brownfields Program provided $45,123 in assessment and remediation grants to Saint Joseph County for the project, and the City of South Bend provided $67,000 in funding from a brownfield assessment grant that it received from the U.S. EPA.