Definition of brownfield in English:

brownfield

Syllabification: brown·field
Pronunciation: /ˈbrounˌfēld
 
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adjective

[attributive]
  • (Of an urban site for potential building development) having had previous development on it. Compare with greenfield.
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    • He switched direction in the mid-80s, spotting the potential of brownfield sites for development.
    • We would prefer to see in-fill development on brownfield sites rather than building on our precious green belt.
    • Government guidance encourages the development of previously used or brownfield land and infill urban sites such as back gardens and parking lots before development on open or greenfield land.

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  • A former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination.
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    • ‘Some brownfields are industrial sites and are still polluted’ says Lovaas.
    • The president is spending up to $250 million a year to clean up brownfields, those abandoned industrial sites blighting our cities.
    • The restoration of these sites, called brownfields, to an environmentally acceptable state must conform to rigid federal and state standards.

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