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Brownfield Action 3.0

Brownfield Action 3.0 Partner(s): Peter Bower
Barnard College

Access: Private
Revised: August 2007
Released: September 2001


The Brownfield Action simulation is a central component of Professor Peter Bower's Introduction to Environmental Science Course at Barnard College. In this simulation, students are presented with maps, documents, videos, and an extensive network of scientific data to investigate a suspected contaminated land site. They assume the roles of environmental consulting firms contracting with a real estate developer to study the condition of the site and report on the feasibility of commercial construction.

First developed in 1999, Brownfield Action has been nationally recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and was featured as a model curriculum at the Association's SENCER Institute (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities). Development of the simulation's most recent evolution is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with the broader goal of disseminating the project to other colleges and universities.

Related project categories:
Custom Software Applications and Tools | Field-Laboratory | Sciences | Simulations

Related links:
web link View the Brownfield Action 3.0 website
pdf link Download informational sheet (PDF)

Related news:
Nov-18-2014: Fifteen Years of Brownfield Action
Mar-26-2014: Journal Article Describes Brownfield Action’s Use for STEM Education
Jul-01-2013: SENCER Newsletter Features Brownfield Action
Feb-23-2011: Brownfield Action Featured in Science Education and Civic Engagement Journal
Sep-30-2009: NYC Students Explore Brownfield Action Simulation
Jan-23-2009: Columbia Spectator Highlights Brownfield Action Simulation
Apr-10-2008: Barnard Announces New and Improved Brownfield Action 3.0
Dec-19-2007: Award Received for Brownfield Action Seminar
Oct-10-2007: Brownfield Action Expands Its Reach
Sep-28-2007: Environmental Science Simulation Enhances Curricula at East Coast Colleges
Feb-20-2007: Brownfield Action Grant Announced on Barnard Newscenter

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