Brownfield Site

An old maxim in policy is that, where you stand is based on where you sit.That is, your stance on an issue depends on your circumstances, or the place where you sit. The purpose of this assignment is to investigate a brownfield site and assess where its stakeholders stand. In the process you will consider where they sit. For example, a private developer proposing to redevelop a dilapidated urban site for business purposes may have very different ideas about how to do it than a city official, a community leader, or a local resident. Therefore, they may look at the site and see different opportunities and, consequently, may advocate different redevelopment plans.
In this assignment you are to identify and select a brownfield site, and then you will review readily accessible stories and/or redevelopment plans for it. You will then use Google Maps to produce a visual representation of stakeholder interests by situating stakeholders geographically around
the site.

To complete this assignment, follow the instructions below.
Step 1. Select a Site
Identify a brownfield development project of interest to you. You may find one easily if your state has a brownfields program listed in the National Brownfield Association Brownfield Database or the US EPAs list of brownfield success stories.
If your state does not have a program, choose a site from another state. Alternatively, you may select an underutilized site of interest in your community that qualifies as a brownfield: an underutilized, blighted site with known or suspected environmental quality problems. Just assure that this site has received some attention in the news because you will need news stories to complete this assignment.

Step 2. Identify Stakeholders
Read a story or two about your selected brownfield site to identify some of its stakeholders. You may find one of EPAs success stories a good place to start. Beyond that, search the archives of a local news source for details about stakeholders and their conflict that the success story may leave out.
You should strive to identify at least three stakeholders. In addition to learning their identities, you will need to identify at least rough addresses for them to locate them on a Google Map.
In addition to the location of the stakeholder, write a 2-3 sentence summary of the stakeholders position or preferences about the site. You may need to infer this position based on comments the stakeholder makes. Use good reasoning and sound judgment when summarizing stakeholder positions.

Step 3. Create a Brownfield Stakeholder Map
Use the Google custom mapping feature at to create a brownfield map. On the map, place stakeholders based on the addresses you identified in Step 2.
NOTE: You will need a Google account to create a map. If you dont have a Google account, you can create one for free.
Before you create your map, watch the video How to create a My Map in Google MapsLength: 3:27

Quick Start directions for creating a Google custom map:
o Go to
o In the Search box, at the top of the screen, enter the address of your brownfield site and then click the Search Maps button. A map of the site appears.
o On the top right of the screen, click Sign in to access your Google account.
o After signing in to your Google account, on the left side of the screen, click My Maps > Create new map.
o In the box on the left, add a map title and description.
o In the Privacy and sharing settings section, select the Unlisted option. This makes your map only visible to individuals with the maps address.

o On the map, locate the address for each stakeholder you identified in Step 2 and place a blue placemark. In the placemark pop-up box, enter identifying information for each stakeholder.
o Be sure to save your map.
o On the top right of the screen, click Link. The web address of your map displays. Post your maps web address to the course Webliography page for your classmates to view.

Step 4. Reflect on Stakeholders Geographies
After creating your Brownfield Stakeholder Map, write a 2 page paper summarizing the stakeholders you found and the information you have on their stakes (i.e., interests and policy positions) in redevelopment of this brownfield.
In your paper reflect on the geographic locations of stakeholders by responding to these questions:
o How much difference in physical distance from the brownfield site is there among the stakeholders you identified?
o Does the physical distance seem to have an influence or predict the preferences of the stakeholders? Explain your reasoning.
o Based on the sources you reviewed, do there appear to be other factors that influence stakeholders preferences for a brownfields redevelopment? Describe as many as you can, but only do so insofar as you can provide evidence, such as a quote from an article, to justify your argument.
Include the web address of your Google map in your paper.

Additional information on the Google mapping feature
o Creating a Google Account
o Maps User Guide
o Video tutorial about using MyMaps

In addition to fulfilling the specifics of the assignment, a successful paper must also meet the following criteria:
o Length should be 2 pages, excluding cover page and references.
o Viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained.
o Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.).
o Writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful.
o Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics.
o Appropriate citation style should be followed.

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