What is Philadelphia’s Brownfields Assessment Grant for?
Philadelphia’s community gardens benefit gardeners and their communities in many ways, including providing healthy and affordable food. However, urban soils may have contaminants from years of human activity.
In October 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the City of Philadelphia a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant. The grant pays to have Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments conducted by professionals. Environmental site assessments help find issues in the soil, water, and air. The assessments paid for by this grant will help the City find possible environmental issues, and come up with policies that support healthy growing in the city. The assessments will take place only on properties that the City owns.