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Take action to help fully fund the federal Brownfields program

Cleaning up brownfields sites and turning them into productive new assets is a key part of smart growth development. To achieve the important goals of assessing, cleaning and sustainably reusing contaminated properties nationwide, the National Brownfields Coalition is requesting $200 million in overall funding (matching authorized levels) and $50 million for the state response network.

Our members of Congress need to know how important this program is to our communities. That's why we're asking you to take two actions to help us support this program.

  1. First, call your senators and representative today and urge them to fully fund the federal Brownfields program with the script below. Enter your address and zip code below to find contact information for your members of Congress.
  2. Second, when you’re finished calling, click submit to send the Brownfields support letter included below.

Step 1, make the call: Hello, my name is _____ and I live in [CITY], [State] and am a constituent of the (Congressperson OR Senator). During this congressional appropriations cycle, I’m urging the (Congressperson OR Senator) to support full funding for the federal Brownfields Program.

The federal Brownfields program supports and focuses state and local funding to more quickly assess, clean and reuse contaminated properties that currently cannot be redeveloped. This program is really important to our district. Do you know if he/she already supports the federal brownfields programs at a fully authorized level?

[wait for reply, whether a yes or no answer]

I’d like to restate my support for fully funding the federal Brownfields program in this year’s appropriations bills. Thank you for your time.

Step 2, send the letter: After you’ve made your phone calls, fill out the rest of your information and click submit to send an email to your entire delegation as a follow up to the call.