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Two CNT-Identified Brownfield Sites Cleaned with EPA Grant

Forest Park Review

Two properties on the 7200 block of Circle Avenue were determined to have no environmental liabilities, according to Cook County officials. 

The areas were part of a seven-town U.S. EPA-funded grant program to redevelop old industrial sites. According to CNT research, there are nearly 90 brownfield parcels located in western Cook County. In Forest Park specifically, CNT estimates that there are 20 brownfield parcels covering roughly 60 acres. 

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Industrial EcoDistricts Present Major Opportunity as Manufacturing Returns to Urban Communities

There are over 950,000 more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. today than in 2010. This resurgence presents a major opportunity for communities. As a segment of manufacturers turns away from the inefficiencies of sprawling suburban industrial parks and re-onshores production from overseas locations there is growing demand for urban locations. But cities that want to take advantage of manufacturing’s return need to be fully prepared. An EcoDistrict approach to industrial revitalization can help keep... Continue reading »

 

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Industrial EcoDistricts: Primer

CNT
June 27, 2017

This paper presents CNT’s recent research on a range of innovations for Industrial EcoDistricts in the areas of energy, water, transportation, and waste. Our work looks at district-scale interventions through the lenses of: What is it?, Why do it?, and What does it cost? with practical, real world examples and financing strategies to help implementers and decisionmakers create next-generation industrial districts in their communities. 

This paper examines: 

  • Energy: Renewables, Storage, District Energy, Microgrids, Energy Efficiency, and Demand Management 
  • Water: Water Efficiency, Demand Reduction, and Water Reuse
  • Transportation: Urban, Transit-Served Locations, Goods Transportation, and Logistics
  • Waste Systems 

We also discuss the several essential implementation factors, including site selection, governance, engagement, financing, policy, and documenting benefits. 

While all of the strategies and technologies we have looked at are being tried in one form or another, for the most part they have yet to be brought to scale. As we begin to reimagine what infrastructure means in our communities, Industrial EcoDistricts present a way to create jobs while saving energy and water, addressing climate change, and creating an economic benefit for businesses and communities.

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