The winners in the Environmental Impact category demonstrate the use of innovative environmental solutions in the project.


The winning projects in the Economic Impact category represent redevelopments that create long-term economic benefits to local communities.


The winners in the Social Impact category represent redevelopment projects that create long-term social benefits to local communities.


Winners in the Sustainability category represent the gold standard of balancing the social, economic and environmental impacts of a project that render it "sustainable”.


The winners of the Energy Impact category represent the gold standard of projects that use brownfields for energy.


finalists by year
2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  

Environmental Impact

Scituate Solar I

Thanks to Brightfields Development LLC, a New England area solar developer, Scituate, MA, became the first town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts…

Lilydale Regional Park

Building "the Most Livable City in America" is a core mission of the City of St. Paul and a goal that is featured prominently on the home page…

Newport South Landfill

When a landfill no longer takes waste and is closed, its uses for redevelopment are limited. The Newport South Landfill in Newport, Delaware…

Economic Impact

Chalmers Square

Completed in March of 2013, Chalmers Square is a multiple-site community with three buildings located on adjacent blocks in the Jefferson-Chalmers…

Ranson-Charles Town Commerce Corridor

The driving goal of the project was to promote a community-based initiative to address brownfields blight in two small, adjacent rural communities…

East End

I. Goal of the project: The focus of the East End development was to act as a catalyst for growth and energy for the downtown Midland area.…

Social Impact

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Goal: In 2004, The Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District (Metro Parks) made the decision to redevelop Whittier Peninsula into…

Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center

Goal of the project: The Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center is a gut rehab of a former meat packing facility, home to the Pearl Meat Packing…

Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

Goal of the project Detroit. People love to make grand statements about the city. In recent years, despite Detroit's decades-long challenges…

Sustainability Impact

California Landfill-Based Solar Projects

California is home to approximately 225 closed landfills that may be suitable for the development of utility scale solar farms. Closed landfills…

Loves Park Playground

The former JH Patterson Lumber Company property is a 6.5 acre site located in Loves Park, Illinois, a suburban community of 23,996 located within…

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Opened in June 2011, the 17-acre Historic Fourth Ward Park transformed a barren, contaminated site north of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthplace…