We are very excited to announce the launch of the UConn TAB program. Starting October 1st, UConn will be the Technical Assistance for Brownfields (TAB) provider for EPA Region 1, including the six New England states Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The Brownfields TAB Program helps communities, states, tribes, and others understand the human health and environmental risks associated with contaminated or potentially contaminated properties, and learn how to assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse them. For example, the training and research to be delivered by UCONN will assist New England communities in:
- Identifying and prioritizing brownfields for redevelopment.
- Determining the potential public health impact of brownfield sites.
- Identifying appropriate funding/financing approaches.
- Applying for and managing EPA brownfields grants.
- Evaluating feasibility of reuse plans.
- Interpreting technical brownfield reports, assessments, and plans.
- Understanding and navigating regulatory requirements.
- Engaging the community in brownfield redevelopment projects.
Visit our Services page for a complete list of services and anticipated turn-around times.
Our Team includes two brownfield and remediation experts; Dr. Marisa Chrysochoou is the UConn TAB Program Director and has 15 years of experience working on technical aspects of site remediation, and directly with communities in Connecticut. Dr. Nefeli Bompoti is the UConn TAB Program Manager and brings several years of experience as the Program Director of the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative.
Dr. Dave Dickson of the Center for Land Use Education and Research has decades of experience training community stakeholders on a variety of land use and environmental issues and is the coordinator of the UConn TAB Continuing Education Program.
Dr. Rupal Parekh of the UConn School of Social Work is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the program. With expertise in intergeneration community engagement, will train and support communities to conduct outreach and engage citizens of all ages in the brownfield redevelopment process in their neighborhoods.
Dr. Sara Wakai of the Center for Population Health will work closely with Dr. Parekh and advise community on risk communication strategies and public health information tailored to New England community.
Have questions? Our Community Liaison, Bruce Hyde, has decades of experience in municipal and regional planning, including brownfields and will answer your questions. Email Bruce at our dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org and set up a consultation session over WebEx.