Featured Projects and Initiatives


Urban Gardening and Brownfields
The Center for Hazardous Substance Research (CHSR) at Kansas State University (KSU) is leading several existing and proposed projects that aim to address children’s health issues at brownfields and/or urban gardening sites. Blase Leven, TAB Coordinator, is working with Drs. Sabine Martin and Ganga Hettiarachchi who are leading a research project that characterizes and monitors metals in soils and vegetables at several urban gardening sites on brownfields across the United States. The CHSR recently hosted an urban gardening on brownfields workshop on this topic.

Additional persons and partner organizations involved with these, or related CHSR efforts, include Drs. Wendy Griswold, Larry Erickson, Rhonda Janke, and DeAnn Pressley, and Blase Leven< and Terrie Boguski (with the CHSR and KSU); Katherine Kelley (Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture); Heidi Holliday (Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative); and Nozella Brown (Wyandotte County K-State Extension Service).

The Brownfield Inventory Tool (BIT), a Free, web-based, comprehensive brownfields management tool, was completed and released in 2010. Cities, regional coalitions, and Tribes can use BIT to create site inventories; submit reports such as the multiple property profile form (in excel); and to log administrative information about brownfields and other environmental programs. The tool was created with EPA funding by the Technical Assistance to Brownfields communities program. Go to http://tab-bit.org/ to access BIT.
A free on-line tool to facilitate writing EPA brownfields assessment and cleanup grant proposals developed by the Technical Assistance to Brownfields communities program. Go to www.tabez.org to access TAB EZ.

We are also host to several research programs, listed below:

Sustainability Initiatives
The CHSR provides educational programs on sustainability, participates in related research at KSU, and is home to the Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (CESAS). The purpose is to provide reliable information to all types of people and organizations to promote informed, sustainable intentions and actions.

Community Outreach (EPA TAB)
The Center for Hazardous Substance Research provides technical assistance to communities affected by hazardous substance issues at EPA, Brownfield, tribal, and other types of sites. This is achieved by working with all stakeholders and agencies to provide educational information, technical review services, and assistance with community outreach efforts.

If you have any questions or believe the center can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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