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Framework for Integrating Sustainability Into Remediation Projects
Author: Karin S. Holland, Raymond E. Lewis, Karina Tipton, Stella Karnis, Carol Dona, Erik Petrovskis, Louis P. Bull, Deborah Taege, Christopher Hook
Date: 7/111
Preprint, Battelle's 2011 Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies Symposium, Reno, NV, June 27-30, 2011

The US Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) created this Framework to enable sustainability parameters to be integrated and balanced throughout the remediation project life cycle, while ensuring long-termprotection of human health and the environment and achieving public and regulatory acceptance. Parameters are considerations, impacts, or stressors of environmental, social, and economic importance. Because remediation project phases are not stand-alone entities but interconnected components of the wider remediation system, the Framework provides a systematic, process-based approach in which sustainability is integrated holistically and iteratively within the wider remediation system. By focusing stakeholders on the preferred end use or future use of a site at the beginning of a remediation project, the Framework helps stakeholders form a disciplined planning strategy. Specifically, the Framework is designed to help remediation practitioners (1) perform a tiered sustainability evaluation, (2) update the conceptual site model based on the results of the sustainability evaluation, (3) identify and implement sustainability impact measures, and (4) balance sustainability and other considerations during the remediation decision-making process. The result is a process that encourages communication among different stakeholders and allows remediation practitioners to achieve regulatory goals andmaximize the integration of sustainability parameters during the remediation process. Oc 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.