Topic: Brownfields – Removing Obstacles to Redevelopment
The City of Austin Brownfields Revitalization Office is tasked with empowering community members, civic organizations, developers and stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to investigate, clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields sites. A brownfield is any property that has real or perceived contamination and an active potential for redevelopment. The Brownfields Revitalization Office serves as a valuable resource for the Austin community, providing environmental services including environmental site assessments, cleanup planning, technical assistance, and cleanup funding, as well as developing partnerships, community outreach activities, and addressing environmental justice concerns.
Christine Whitney, Brownfields Program Manager
Christine Whitney is the Program Manager for the City of Austin Brownfields Revitalization Office’s. She joined the city in 2013 and is responsible for managing environmental projects from assessment to cleanup. Her office has been awarded multiple grants to provide free environmental site assessments, technical assistance and cleanup loans for eligible entities to redevelop properties for the benefit of the surrounding community.
Prior to working for the city, Ms. Whitney was at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for 11 years, including 5 years as the Brownfields Program Manager. Ms. Whitney holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Law from the University of Sheffield in England.
Roslyn Kygar, P.G., Brownfields Program Coordinator
Roslyn is the Program Coordinator for Austin Resource Recovery’s Brownfields Revitalization Office. The Brownfields Revitalization Office provides financial and technical assistance to address environmental concerns and revitalize underutilized properties in the community. She manages environmental site assessments and cleanups, and provides technical guidance for redevelopment projects. Roslyn joined ARR’s Business Outreach Team in 2014 as a Senior Planner, where she helped the business community implement waste reduction programs.
Prior to joining ARR, Roslyn worked at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Remediation Division. She managed hazardous waste cleanup at industrial and commercial properties to encourage redevelopment through the Voluntary Cleanup and Brownfields Programs. Roslyn received degrees in Geological Sciences and Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Professional Geoscientist, and LEED Green Associate.
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