brownfield

noun

brown·​field ˈbrau̇n-ˌfēld How to pronounce brownfield (audio)
often attributive
: a tract of land that has been developed for industrial purposes, polluted, and then abandoned

Examples of brownfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There simply aren’t enough brownfields to reach the full needs of the energy transition. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 The Metropolitan Council, the seven-country metro’s regional planning agency, recently approved a series of grants for affordable housing, as well as grants toward pollution clean-up at brownfields that will host future housing and commercial real estate development. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 12 Jan. 2024 Detroit City Council voted 8-1 in March in favor of the brownfields. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 9 Aug. 2023 Gould agrees that other areas should be considered for solar projects before farmland, like brownfields, rights-of-way and warehouse roofs. Izzy Ross, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2023 Maryland also needs to take advantage of more opportunities to deploy solar panels, by leveraging unused land at sites like airports, hospitals and closed landfills and brownfields, the report stated. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 30 June 2023 Cuyahoga County’s Department of Development is holding a public meeting today to discuss remediation work at a current brownfield being redeveloped into mixed-use housing, reports Kaitlin Durbin. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2022 One such project, Urban Orchard, converted a brownfield in South Gate into an 8-acre park that helps capture and treat stormwater runoff along the L.A. River. Hayley Smithstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2023 Nearly all public comments Monday were negative and opposed to the brownfield incentives. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 7 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brownfield was in 1977

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“Brownfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brownfield. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

brownfield

noun
brown·​field ˈbrau̇n-ˌfēld How to pronounce brownfield (audio)
: a tract of land that has been developed for industrial purposes, polluted, and then abandoned
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