2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 17 Mar 2005 17:35:14 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Schools on Brownfields Sites - a CPEO Report
More than 3.5 million children in this country attend derelict schools
or ones needing to be replaced, and the largest proportion of these
schools are located in urban centers and serve primarily minority and
low-income students.   

For school districts needing to build new schools the central question
is how to provide students with safe and nurturing schools when the only
land available for new schools are sites that might be contaminated by
past industrial, commercial, or agricultural activities.  A new report
by CPEO addresses this problem.  The report, "Building Schools on
Brownfields: Lessons Learned from California," written by CPEO
brownfields program director, Bob Hersh, considers what safeguards are
in place to ensure that schools built on brownfields are safe for
children.  The report examines the typical school site selection
process, from the initial identification of potential sites to the
selection of the preferred site, and discusses the roles school
officials, parents and other community stakeholders play in this
process. It considers what can be done to ensure more effective
regulatory oversight and community involvement in school siting

The report is being published today by the Bureau of National Affairs in
its Environmental Due Diligence Guide.  It can also be downloaded from
CPEO's web site at:

For more information about the CPEO's work on school siting or
brownfields, please contact Bob Hersh at <bhersh@cpeo.org>.  


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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