"Air Quality Gains from Brownfields Projects"-
By Charlotte Mayor Patrck McCrory
the "Brownfields '99" Conference in Dallas, Charlotte Mayor
Patrick McCrory, who chairs the Conference's Energy and Environment
Committee, led a session examining how brownfields redevelopment can
help advance clean air objectives. "We need to encourage regional
approaches to solve the air problem and we should get air credits for
doing brownfields redevelopment given the many positive benefits to be
secured from recycling these properties," he said.
also cited public transportation and its value in advancing clean air
objectives. Noting how his region's new percent sales tax will deliver
$50 million annually for public transit investment (i.e. new light
rail system, busways and other improvements) as part of the region's
integrated transit-land use plan, McCrory said "this level of
effort should be recognized more fully under the Clean Air Act."
explained that brownfields redevelopment, transit investment and other
steps that encourage people to live in existing and generally higher
density areas, rather than sprawl development, are not fully
considered in current federal policies.
Environmental Commissioner Bill Abolt explained how Mayor Richard M.
Daley had initiated a Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, comprised of 270
municipalities in the region, to develop best practices to improve
attainment of air standards. This region, he noted, is seeking air
credits for these actions to support future economic development in