|From:||Ignacio Dayrit <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 20 May 1999 10:07:49 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||International Information Technology Award for Emeryville]|
Emeryville Project Acclaimed in Global IT Challenge The Emeryville Brownfields Pilot Project has been chosen from among 700 projects submitted from around the world to receive a finalists award in the Supporting the Environment category from the City of Stockholm. It is in the running to receive a global distinction trophy from the King of Sweden in the presence of Dr Martin Bangemann, the Mayor of Stockholm and a number of international guests on June the 9th. for its work in developing the Information Society. Best Practice The Project has already been praised throughout the US for its sound approach to redeveloping environmentally contaminated, former industrial sites (known as brownfields). Emeryville Major Gary Caffey, "Brownfields cleanup is the key to the revitalization of Emeryville." Funded by a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Emeryville developed a citywide Groundwater Management Program using a risk-based process developed by the California Environmental Protection Agency's San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. Regional Co-operation the Key The program speeds redevelopment by addressing contamination issues regionally and cooperatively, rather than a site-by-site basis. The Regional Water Board expects that the success of this pilot program for groundwater management will lead to more effective protection of the environment, public health, and water quality. Internet Based GIS Crucial The Program includes a cutting edge, internet-based, Geographic Information System database, called the One-Stop-Shop http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us This system provides easily accessible information to developers, property owners, and city residents about environmental investigations on properties in the City. Public Access and Input Emeryville is enabling public input to the planning process through the Project's Community Task Force and Technical Advisory Team, and providing the public with immediate access to environmental information about their community. Health protection With Growth By providing economic incentives and simplifying the environmental and planning elements of the property redevelopment process, Emeryville has expedited its goal of achieving risk-based redevelopment that protects human health. By assisting in the regulatory process, Emeryville reduces potential anxiety caused by the regulatory environment. Project Manager Ignacio Dayrit says, "Our program proves that the barriers to brownfields redevelopment can be overcome through innovative policy and technology. Emeryville's success can also be attributed to the vision of our City Council, and the partnerships formed within the Emeryville community." For more information contact Project Manager Ignacio Dayrit Phone: (510) 596-4350 Fax: (510) 658-8095 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org WWW http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us The Challenge The Global Bangemann Challenge is an international competition to reward excellence in information technology projects while building a network of cities around the world involved in information sharing. The Global Bangemann Challenge was launched by Stockholm City as the successor to the Bangemann Challenge, the 1995-96 European project. It attracted more than 100 projects from 25 European cities and awards were presented by His Majesty the King of Sweden at the end of January 1997. The project was inspired by EU Commissioner Martin Bangemann, an author of the 1994 Bangemann Report, Europe and the Global Information Society; a collection of recommendations for Europe in the use of IT. The success of the original Challenge led the City to sponsor a second, Global, Challenge, inviting cities around the world to participate in developing new and innovative ways to apply the technology in creating the Information Society. 700 projects were submitted originally, of which 450 were evaluated by the judging panel in 11 categories. Those have now been refined to 96 projects which, in the opinion of the 27 judges, also drawn from around the world, represent the best available practice in the field which most contribute to the development of the Information Society. Judging process. Each project was evaluated by at least three of the judges working in each category. The finalists for each group were then brought to Stockholm in April by the judge coordinator for each group and a shortlist of finalists for the whole challenge was drawn up by consultation among the core group of judges. All projects in the list will be awarded an acknowledgment of their leadership and excellence in applying the technology. From each category a maximum of three projects will be selected for an award of distinction to be presented personally by the King of Sweden on June 9 To learn more about the Challenge, contact: email@example.com Phone 612 9787 4527 Fax 612 9789 1858 29 River St Earlwood Sydney NSW 2206 Australia
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