Silver Spring, MD – Now available free at the on-line store of ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association: Brownfields and Urban Agriculture: Interim Guidelines for Safe Gardening Practices.
Published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the guide describes the issues involved in redeveloping brownfield sites in order to grow food safely. Among the suggestions:
According to ASFE Executive Vice President John P. Bachner, “As geoprofessionals find themselves dealing with ever-more complex brownfield issues, reports like this can be valuable tools that provide important guidance until more comprehensive recommendations and standards become available.”
Copies of Brownfields and Urban Agriculture: Interim Guidelines for Safe Gardening Practices are available free of charge from ASFE’s bookshop: www.asfe.org.
Established in 1969, ASFE exists to “help geoprofessionals maximize their importance and value to the marketplace, achieve business excellence, and manage risk.” ASFE is achieving that purpose by reaching out to public- and private-sector owners, design professionals, contractors, and others to inform them about the time- and money-saving benefits derived by relying on qualified geoprofessionals, and developing programs, services, and materials geoprofessional firms use to enhance their business and professional practices in order to become their clients' trusted professional advisors.
Geoprofessional firms provide geotechnical, geologic, environmental, construction materials engineering and testing, and related professional services. (Refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoprofessions.) All ASFE-member firms' technical activities are under the full-time control of an individual who is legally and/or ethically bound to hold paramount public health, safety, and welfare. ASFE's associate membership comprises geoconstructors; geoprofessional educators and students; geoprofessionals employed by government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and industry; and attorneys and other consultants to ASFE-member firms.