Risk-Based Methodology for Pre-Evaluation of Environmental Technologies for Sustainable Revitalization of Post-Industrial Sites

2014-12-20T18:44:01Z (GMT) by Włodzimierz A. Sokół
<div><p>ABSTRACT</p><p>Revitalization of post-industrial sites is a challenge. Holistic approaches based on integrated regional environmental management are necessary to prevent sites from becoming restricted-use liabilities. Maintaining site attractiveness and preventing ongoing environmental degradation are important aspects of sustainability in urban areas. This article describes methods for and examples of integrated regional environmental management systems. The incorporation of information on risk drivers, spatial and temporal components of exposure to various risks, and establishment of remediation and restoration priorities, allows such integrated regional management systems to provide best practices for decision-making in the context of multiple risk influences and a range of site end-uses. Methods allowing pre-evaluation of responses that correct site degradation and maximize the range of possible end uses are valuable tools for sustainable development. Evaluation of potential impacts, costs, and benefits of responses and end-use alternatives is important for achieving sustainable environmental, economic, social, and land-use objectives. Criteria for pre-evaluation of energy commitment, material requirements, and emissions to soil, water and air are considered for method development. The sample technologies were selected from databases collected from a framework of international projects.</p></div>