Brownfields Assistance Centers receive Environmental Partnership Award

Friday, June 4, 2010


 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Brownfields Assistance Centers at Marshall University and West Virginia University (WVU) have been awarded the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Environmental Partnership Award for 2010.

The award recognizes the collaborative approach the centers use to help communities across the state identify, clean up and redevelop brownfields sites, and the centers’ positive working relationships with state and federal agencies.

The award was presented by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman at the department’s 10th Environmental Awards Ceremony on May 24 in Charleston.

The Brownfields Assistance Centers help empower communities to plan and implement redevelopment projects in “brownfields,” or abandoned and underutilized contaminated lands. The Southern Brownfields Assistance Center is housed in Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), while the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center is located within the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, CEGAS director, said, “We’re extremely pleased the Brownfields Assistance Centers have been recognized for their collaborative and proactive approach to brownfields and economic development in West Virginia. George Carico, who coordinates the center at Marshall, deserves a great deal of credit for his hard work and contributions to the brownfields program.”

In 2005, the West Virginia Legislature recognized the lost economic and social value in the state’s brownfields. As a result, the Brownfields Assistance Centers at Marshall and WVU were created to support community efforts and work with the WVDEP and the West Virginia Development Office to turn these brownfields into productive land again.

In addition to securing and administering federal brownfields funding and assistance programs, the centers provide training and technical assistance, grant writing, site assessment and remediation services.

For more information, visit: www.wvbrownfields.com. 

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Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964