The mission of CCLR's research program is to provide a scientific foundation to support progressive brownfield policy initiatives on both State and Federal levels. Our research projects seek to answer some of the toughest questions in the field, including, "How clean is clean?" For example, our Screening Levels Database (a compilation of cleanup numbers for common contaminants from across the country) was designed by CCLR to facilitate creative and substantive dialogue among states and federal agencies, ultimately leading to the adoption of standardized procedures for setting cleanup levels.
CCLR’s latest research analyzes data regarding the specific climate benefits of infill and brownfield development in comparison to sprawl development and green design development, such as LEED certified buildings. Initial results of this study are presented in the Brownfields 101 section of our website.