incorporating options to minimize the environmental footprints of a cleanup
- New EPA guidance on evaluating greener cleanup opportunities throughout the CERCLA process
- Updated ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups now available
- Using the DQO process to prevent re-contamination of remediated sediment sites
- New Federal Renewable Energy Certificate Guide to aid procurement of RECs
- Integrating Sentinel Landscapes to foster habitat and natural resource conservation at military installations undergoing cleanup
- New case studies on integrating green infrastructure as part of cleanup and downtown redevelopment
- Call for abstracts: Fourth International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies
- News archives...
- September 8 CLU-IN webinar on Protecting Pollinators through Sustainable Superfund Use
- September 28 CLU-IN webinar on Green Up Your Cleanups
- October 5-7 Protecting WaterSmart Innovations 2016 conference in Las Vegas
- More on the calendar...
View the new video on Green Remediation at Lawrence Aviation Site
Cleanup at the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard near Baltimore involved a green remediation strategy focused on conserving fuel, reducing air emissions and waste generation, and integrating a green infrastructure for cleanup and ongoing site activities. Environmental footprint reductions achieved through the strategy included reducing diesel fuel consumption by 82,000 gallons, recycling approximately 2,620 tons of concrete, and creating 60,000 square feet of green space.
At the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Superfund Site in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, the strategy focuses on beneficially reusing treated groundwater. On an annual basis, the groundwater extraction and treatment systems provide more than 240 million gallons of water to the community for irrigation of recreational facilities, approximately 52 million gallons of water for onsite agricultural plots, and additional water to other local users.
in the field
Best Management Practice (BMP)
- An Overview (PDF) (2 pp, 231K)
- Excavation and Surface Restoration (PDF) (4 pp, 238K)
- Site Investigation (PDF) (4 pp, 179K)
- Pump and Treat Technologies (PDF) (8 pp, 225K)
- Bioremediation (PDF) (4 pp, 176K)
- Soil Vapor Extraction & Air Sparging (PDF) (4 pp, 131K)
- Clean Fuel & Emission Technologies for Site Cleanup (PDF) (10 pp, 354K)
- Integrating Renewable Energy into Site Cleanup (PDF) (8 pp, 335K)
- Sites with Leaking Underground Storage Tank Systems (PDF) (6 pp, 448K)
- Landfill Cover Systems & Energy Production (PDF) (6 pp, 465K)
- Overview of EPA's Methodology to Address the Environmental Footprint of Site Cleanup (PDF) (2 pp, 176K)
- Mining Sites (PDF) (6 pp, 535K)
- Implementing In Situ Thermal Technologies (PDF) (6 pp, 249K)
- Materials and Waste Management (PDF) (4pp, 397K)
GR Technology Primer (PDF) (56 pp, 814K):
Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites
- EPA Strategic Plan, FY 2014-2018
- ...EPA's hazardous waste programs also are working to reduce the energy use and environmental footprint during the investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites.
Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and Advancing Sustainable Development
EPA's Methodology for Understanding and Reducing a Project's Environmental Footprint uses 21 metrics and a seven-step process to quantify energy, air, water, and materials & waste comprising the environmental footprint of a remedy. The supporting Spreadsheets for Environmental Footprint Analysis (SEFA) workbooks are available to help users estimate each of the methodology's metrics on a site-specific basis. Related background studies, examples, and data gathering tools offer additional information of value to environmental footprint assessment.
Learn about executive orders, requirements, and guidance on energy and water management, green purchasing, and environmental stewardship
Questions and comments about EPA's green remediation efforts may be forwarded to:
Carlos Pachon, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation.