At Cully Park, LUBCP!, community members, DEQ and OHA have created a new model for community development of a brownfield, a model that offers real community and environmental benefits. And, we have been sharing this model. Together with agency partners, Verde and CIC members have presented the model at the Oregon Annual Brownfields Conference (June, 2012, presentation available here) and at the Oregon Public Health Association Conference (October, 2012). Key components of this model include:
Outreach activities that build community awareness about site conditions and the process of environmental assessment. Working together with risk assessment professionals and health educators from Oregon DEQ and OHA, CIC members learned about landfills, brownfield site development, risk assessment, air and soil sampling, and lab analysis of samples.
Community participation in the design and implementation of the environmental assessment activities. CIC members shared their concerns about the site with DEQ and OHA, and agency staff ensured that those concerns were addressed in the sampling plan. For both the Community Garden assessment and the Full Site HHRA, community members participated in air and soil sampling activities.
Community‐lead information sharing. A friend or neighbor is a credible messenger. Through formal presentations and informal conversations in the neighborhood, community members shared the information they were learning in the assessment processes. They listened to the questions and concerns of their neighbors, sharing this feedback with DEQ and OHA. This built trust in the community for the project.