A Brownfields site listed in the 2011 Sustainable Long Island...

A Brownfields site listed in the 2011 Sustainable Long Island report Credit: Sustainable Long Island

 The not-for-profit Sustainable Long Island on Thursday said it has made public a newly revised report and how-to guide titled "2011 Brownfields to Greenfield$ Manual."

The manual’s revision is updated from the 2006 version.

The guide is meant to provide "an understanding of the brownfield redevelopment process and the opportunities available in New York," the not-for-profit said.

It is designed to provide information for local government officials to make it easier for them to redevelop brownfields.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines a brownfield as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."

“Since its launch in 1998, Sustainable Long Island’s brownfield redevelopment projects have produced concrete results in numerous communities across Long Island and this manual is just the latest testament of our work,” said Ruth Negron-Gaines, Sustainable Long Island's board president.

“The ultimate goal is to facilitate full stakeholder participation in the brownfield redevelopment process. Through the transfer of information, collaboration among brownfield stakeholders can promote sustainability and smart growth; creating a positive future for New York‘s environment and economy.”

The 2011 Brownfields to Greenfield$ manual can be viewed in its entirety on Sustainable Long Island’s website at www.sustainableli.org.

Photo shows cover of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation report titled 'Brownfields'.

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