Proximity to Brownfield Sites

Proximity to Brownfield Sites measures the share of a neighborhood located in close proximity to a Brownfield. From an environmental hazards standpoint, Brownfields potentially have biological, physical, or chemical environmental dangers as a result of site contamination, groundwater impacts, surface runoff, migration of contaminants, or wastes dumped on site. According to the EPA, Brownfields may have also have broader health impacts to the community, including safety issues ranging from abandoned or dilapidated buildings, compromised infrastructure and equipment, contamination from toxic substances, to social and economic factors such as reduced property values and tax base as a result of blight, crime, and vagrancy issues. Brownfields data is available from the ACRES database on the EPA’s Cleanups in My Community mapping tool. Listed under Environmental Hazards, this indicator is also linked to neighborhood characteristics, social cohesion, economic health, and health systems and public safety domain. It is considered an “inverse” measure, i.e., the higher the share of the neighborhood located close to a Brownfield site, the higher the negative impact on the neighborhood.

Neighborhoodsort descending Indicator Value Rank
Blackstone 0.0% 1
Charles 0.0% 1
College Hill 0.0% 1
Downtown 0.0% 1
Elmhurst 0.0% 1
Elmwood 0.0% 1
Federal Hill 0.0% 1
Fox Point 0.0% 1
Hartford 3.4% 24
Hope 0.0% 1
Lower South Providence 1.7% 20
Manton 0.0% 1
Mount Hope 0.0% 1
Mount Pleasant 0.0% 1
Olneyville 2.5% 23
Reservoir 1.7% 20
Silver Lake 0.7% 18
Smith Hill 0.0% 1
South Elmwood 0.0% 1
Upper South Providence 0.8% 19
Valley 4.2% 25
Wanskuck 0.0% 1
Washington Park 0.0% 1
Wayland 0.0% 1
West End 1.8% 22

Key Citations:
1. Litt JS, Burke TA. (2002) Uncovering the historic environmental hazards of urban brownfields. J Urban Health. 2002 Dec; 79(4):464-81.
2. California Environmental Protection Agency (2013), California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, Version 1 (CalEnviroScreen 1.0): Guidance and Screening Tool.
3. California Environmental Protection Agency (2014), Draft Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool: Version 2.0 (CalEnviroScreen 2.0). Information on Version 2.