Event Title

From the ground up: greening brownfields in our community

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Vancouver currently has an estimated 4000 brownfields, and this number increases dramatically when the context is stretched to include Canada on a whole. Our research team proposes that phytoremediation, the in-situ remediation of contaminants from brownfields, be adopted as a strategy for revitalizing brownfield sites within the City of Vancouver. With urban renewal and revitalization on the increase, these lands require reclamation rather than drawing from existing greenspaces that are currently in use for food production. Left undeveloped, brownfields have little positive economic value and remain an eyesore within the community. Contamination may be real or perceived but the potential for harm to human health is real. This proposal expands on research conducted that studied the potential for utilising native plants in phytoremediation projects. A literature review was conducted and the PHYTOREM © and BC Plant Species databases were cross-referenced. Notwithstanding the lack of this application on a smaller urban scale it is the opinion of the research team, that field studies be entertained at the expense of the polluter and that potential sites exist within the Cedar Cottage/Kensington neighbourhood in Vancouver.

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

Brownfields--British Columbia--Vancouver; Phytoremediation--British Columbia--Vancouver

Geographic Coverage

Vancouver (B.C.)

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Posters

Session

Poster Session

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English

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From the ground up: greening brownfields in our community

Vancouver currently has an estimated 4000 brownfields, and this number increases dramatically when the context is stretched to include Canada on a whole. Our research team proposes that phytoremediation, the in-situ remediation of contaminants from brownfields, be adopted as a strategy for revitalizing brownfield sites within the City of Vancouver. With urban renewal and revitalization on the increase, these lands require reclamation rather than drawing from existing greenspaces that are currently in use for food production. Left undeveloped, brownfields have little positive economic value and remain an eyesore within the community. Contamination may be real or perceived but the potential for harm to human health is real. This proposal expands on research conducted that studied the potential for utilising native plants in phytoremediation projects. A literature review was conducted and the PHYTOREM © and BC Plant Species databases were cross-referenced. Notwithstanding the lack of this application on a smaller urban scale it is the opinion of the research team, that field studies be entertained at the expense of the polluter and that potential sites exist within the Cedar Cottage/Kensington neighbourhood in Vancouver.