1999 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Ignacio Dayrit <idayrit@ci.emeryville.ca.us>
Date: Thu, 20 May 1999 10:07:49 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
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

Regional Co-operation the Key

The program speeds redevelopment by addressing contamination issues
regionally and cooperatively, rather than a site-by-site basis. The
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
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
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:

Phone 612 9787 4527
Fax 612 9789 1858
29 River St
NSW 2206

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