Springfield, MO makes its brownfields greener and 20 times more valuable

Springfield, Missouri is being recognized for effectively cleaning and redeveloping previously polluted land through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) brownfields program.

The city has received $7 million in grants and assistance from the EPA over a 17 year period. That has gone to influence developments that are now worth more than 20 times that initial investment.

Seven million in seed (money) has helped $460 million in projects grow,” says Chris Whitley, spokesman for EPA Region 7.

This is by no means the end of it. It’s just a good point to pause and look back and see what an incredible record the city of Springfield has complied by turning brownfields green again,” Whitley says.

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