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King County brownfields program manager wins national leadership award

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The manager of King County's successful Brownfields Program has won a leadership award from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP).

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The manager of King County’s successful Brownfields Program has won a leadership award from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP).LucyAuster

Lucy Auster, a senior planner with the Solid Waste Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, won the leadership award in the category of “local brownfield revitalization for a large city or county.”

Auster has managed the King County Brownfields Program for the last 15 years, and was honored with other award winners at NALGEP’s 20th anniversary celebration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields 2013 conference in Atlanta.

A brownfield site is defined by EPA as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant."

King County’s Brownfields Program has had many successes assisting cities, nonprofit community-based organizations and others in assessing, cleaning up and redeveloping under-utilized contaminated sites.

Brownfield projects assisted by King County have resulted in the creation of 787 temporary cleanup or construction jobs, 103 permanent jobs, 459 affordable senior or family housing units and 35,150 square feet of new retail/commercial space.

These projects have leveraged more than $178 million in cleanup and redevelopment costs, and have removed nearly 102,459 tons of contaminated soil, 400 gallons of hazardous waste and 190 tons of debris from brownfield properties.

Auster has worked closely with NALGEP for many years and serves on the Brownfields Communities Network Advisory Committee.

Learn more about the King County Brownfields Program.

The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals is the premiere national association representing local government professionals responsible for environmental compliance and the development and implementation of local environmental policy. Learn more at http://nalgep.org/.