Site Assistance and Brownfield Revitalization

Facilitates brownfield redevelopment through funding, outreach and education; provides technical support to the Clean Ohio Fund, Targeted Brownfield Assessment, and JobsOhio Revitalization projects.

SABR provides outreach and technical training to environmental professionals and communities involved in brownfield revitalization. Through its Site Assistance and Brownfield Revitalization section, the division provides technical review and assistance to the Clean Ohio Fund and JobsOhio Revitalization Fund. SABR also serves as the contact for brownfields or contaminated sites not yet in any cleanup program [e.g.: Voluntary Action Program, Remedial Response Program, Superfund, RCRA - Corrective Action and Closure].




October 18, 2016

Archived Announcements/Highlights

March 10, 2016
  • Need assistance meeting eligibility criteria for the Abandoned Gas Station program? See how the Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program can help. Click here for more information.
March 9, 2016
  • The Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Program first funding round is now open. Applications for funding are due by April 1, 2016. Program information and an online application are available at
February 4, 2016
  • The webpage for Ohio Development Services Agency’s Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Program is now available at On the webpage you will find program guidelines and resources to determine your site’s eligibility. ODSA anticipates the online application will be available on the webpage in mid- to late February.
November 13, 2015
  • The 2015 Winter SABR News edition is now available. Topics include: Stark County Port Authority - Former Alliance Community Hospital Project, Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant, Federal Grant Opportunities, Piqua Brownfield Funding Workshop, Interested Party Review - VAP Draft Rules, CP Annual Training, and Courses Approved for PDHUs.
October 21, 2015
  • USEPA has Announced their request for Proposals for their 2016 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants and on October 20 posted the grant proposal guidelines.

    Instructions to request and receive a state support letter for a grant proposal (required for all grant proposals) from Ohio EPA can be found here
September 15, 2015
  • The Call for Presentations for the 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference is now open. Submittals must be received no later than November 30, 2015. The 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference will be at Hilton Columbus/Polaris on April 6-7, 2016.
August 5, 2015
  • The 2015 Summer SABR News is now available. Topics included in this issue: Former Queen City Barrel Property on the Market, Voluntary Action Program - Minor Rule Changes, CP Summer Coffee Recap and Upcoming Annual Training, Ohio Brownfields Conference 2016 Update: Dates and Location Set, and more!
October 20, 2014
  • U.S. EPA is opening their FY2015 Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grant round by the end of October. If you are submitting an application/proposal for one of these grants you will need a State Support Letter. Instructions on how to obtain a State Support Letter can be found here.
August 1, 2014
April 8, 2014
  • View the new Community Brownfield Funding Resources webpage. This webpage provides a list of various sources of assistance available to communities for assessment, remediating, and redeveloping brownfield sites.
January 27, 2014
  • Effective January 22, 2014, ALS Environmental (CL0022) of Cincinnati, Ohio received certification for the analysis of Mercury on soil vapor and air. Please contact ALS Environmental for more information.
February 18, 2014
  • View the latest pre-approved courses, webinars, and archived webinars for PDHU credits!
November 21, 2013
November 14, 2013
September 6, 2013
October 17, 2013
  • Registration is now open for Exhibitors at the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference! Click here to see what exhibit booths are open and register.
September 6, 2013
August 16, 2013
  • Submit your presentation proposal for the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference. Submittals for this Call for Presentations must be received no later than the close of business on November 15, 2013. Presentations submitted after that date will not be considered for the conference.
August 15, 2013
  • Save the Date!  The 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Visit our Ohio Brownfield Conference website for more info!
April 18, 2013
April 12, 2013
  • The Clean Ohio Brownfield Revitalization Fund programs have leveraged over $10.00 of investment per grant dollar through the redevelopment of over 380 former commercial and industrial properties.If you have a project and would like to discuss funding opportunities please contact the JobsOhio Network Partner for your area.
September 3, 2012
In conjunction with the districts, SABR:
  • maintains Ohio’s Brownfield Inventory of sites at which response actions may occur in the next year
  • coordinates targeted brownfield assessments for communities, oversees Ohio’s brownfields program, markets Ohio’s cleanup programs and conducts outreach and training to local governments concerning brownfield issues
  • serves as point of coordination for questions about brownfield grants and other incentives 
  • provides community revitalization support (CRS) to local governments in locating funding (both state and federal), determining the correct environmental program and finding technical assistance
  • provides responses to DERR database requests
  • oversees VAP certification programs (Certified Biocriteria Evaluators, Certified Laboratories and Certified Professionals) including tracking and training
  • manages the VAP environmental insurance program

Smith, Martin VAP/SABR Manager (614) 644-4829
Courtright, Katie Brownfield Coordinator (614) 644-2938
Tjoelker, Dan Lead Brownfield Coordinator (614) 644-3750

Dredged Material - Make It Your Business!
Each year, 1.5 million cubic yards of material is dredged from the federal navigation channels along Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline. Historically, most of the material dredged from Lake Erie has been placed back into the open waters of the lake. Thanks to the enactment of Senate Bill 1, open-lake disposal will no longer be an option as of July 1, 2020. It’s time to stop wasting dredged material and start using it to help Ohio. For more information, visit the webpage.