Welcome to the demonstration page for the Brownfield Action Simulation. Guided instructions are provided to help familiarize you with the simulation. Alternatively, you may explore the sim on your own.
This screencast demo highlights the key features of the Brownfield Action simulation and also serves as an introduction to navigating its interface.
View the Introduction Video for information on its use in Dr. Peter Bower's Introduction to Environmental Science curriculum at Barnard College.
View the Teaching and Learning section of this web site for information on how to incorporate the Brownfield Action simulation into other courses.
A Timeline History of the Brownfield Action Simulation (BA)
BA is based on a card-based board game students use called Groundwater Project.
Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and Barnard College develop the initial version of BA in Macromedia Director. Subsequent development efforts continue and improved versions follow.
What is a “brownfield”?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a brownfield 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". The actual presence of contaminants on this "real property" must be determined by a carefully planned investigation known as an environmental site assessment (ESA).