The USF Center for Brownfields Research and Redevelopment was established by an act of the Florida State Legislature in 1998. Through it, USF faculty with interests/expertise in fields including public health, environmental engineering, environmental science, urban planning and design, and anthropology can bring their expertise to bear on brownfields issues in our region.
Brownfields research and redevelopment offers opportunities to rethink the urban built environment how we construct our urban landscape. Can we make our cities more connected to the natural environment? Can we mitigate the impacts of past environmental abuses, and prevent others in the future? Can we develop our communities without the need for cars or other expensive infrastructure? Can we design our communities so they promote healthy lifestyles? All of these will be important questions in the coming years.
EPA grants and state tax incentives have played a critical role in successful projects in Florida. Private sector money seems to be most involved at the individual corporation or developer level when they invest in remediation and redevelopment on particular sites or in designated areas. There are a variety of tax credits available as incentives for development on these sites. EPA and other federal grants are often used to leverage state and local resources more effectively and to get the process started with assessment funds. Other federal agencies such as HUD also have grant programs.
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USF is home to several research and outreach centers, and many faculty whose have expertise relevant to brownfields research and redevelopment issues. Our faculty experts can provide expertise on identifying and mitigating brownfields sites; we can help plan for their reuse; and we can help develop community outreach partners for all phases of brownfield work.
Ph.D., Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Baldwin’s research over the years has focused on both infectious and chronic disease prevention targeting children, adolescents, and families. Cross-cutting themes which have characterized her work include: utilizing community-based participatory research approaches, working with undeserved and/or marginalized populations, and addressing health disparities by developing and implementing culturally competent public health interventions.
Ph.D., Environmental Policy, University of Michigan
Dr. Dorsey’s research focuses on: brownfield redevelopment and greenfield protection; resource use and environmental degradation in developed and developing nations; corporate environmental decision-making for pollution management effectiveness and eco-efficiency; and empowering communities to participate more effectively in sustainable development initiatives.
Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Califorina
Dr. Ergas’s research has focused on developing carbon sequestration methods, managing the nitrogen cycle, providing access to clean water, and restoring and improving urban infrastructure.
Ph.D., Marine Science, University of South Florida
Dr. Hafen’s research focuses on cultural ecology: the impact of religious belief systems on environmental policy; and geographic/geoscience education: distance learning, field-based learning, effective course construction.
Ph.D., Urban & Regional Planning & Designing, University of Maryland
Dr. Mehta’s research explores the design of the built environment with an emphasis on aspects of human behavior and perceptions, especially as they relate to the design of public spaces and public buildings.
Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University
Dr. Well’s research investigates human impacts on soils and landscapes, cultural and ecological trajectories of long-term socionatural systems, and the influence of environmental worldview on economic decision making.
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Dr. Stuart’s scholarly interests are primarily related to air pollution and its impacts on human health and the environment.
M. Arch., Urban Design, Harvard University
Prof. Green’s areas of research includes urban/community design planning, economic development/community revitalization, housing/residential development strategies and development regulations.
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Georgia
Dr. Zarger’s research includes environmental anthropology, political ecology of water, environmental change, environmental and cultural heritage, urban agriculture, and public engagement in environmental policy.