What is TAB?

Technical Assistance to Brownfield (TAB) Communities is a program, funded by a grant from the USEPA, which is intended to serve as an independent resource to communities and nonprofits attempting to cleanup and reclaim brownfields.  New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) TAB program covers communities in EPA Regions 1, 3 and 4.    

Who Provides TAB Services?

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), New Jersey's science and technology university, has been providing brownfield services to Northeast US communities for over 20 years.  NJIT’s multi-disciplinary TAB Team consists of professionals with academic research, government, industry and consulting experience available to assist communities with their brownfield projects. 

Who Can Receive TAB Assistance?

Free NJIT TAB services are provided to state, regional, county, tribal and local government entities, and nonprofits in EPA Regions 1, 3 and 4 who are interested in learning about, identifying, assessing, cleaning up and/or redeveloping brownfields.  

What Services Can TAB Provide?

NJIT’s TAB program provides assistance in every step of the brownfield redevelopment process from:

getting you started by

  • explaining environmental laws, liabilities and regulatory program requirements,
  • providing general guidance in pursuing EPA brownfield grants
  • assisting in preparing requests for proposals and in consultant selections
  • providing guidance in development of strategic planning and integrating approaches to expedite brownfields cleanup and redevelopment projects

to staying on track by

  • providing guidance on how to manage brownfield grant projects
  • deciphering regulatory requirements
  • identifying site characterization methods and tools
  • explaining the science and technology related to site assessment, remediation and site preparation activities

to getting the job done by

  • advising on remediation methods
  • assisting in the development of financing strategies
  • helping to gain community acceptance and involvement with brownfield projects

How does NJIT provide TAB services?


Collective Community Workshops on brownfields basics or on specific issues

This website, which contains “How To” sections, answers to questions, examples of what other communities have achieved, and links to important resources

Direct Technical Assistance through meetings, phone/email conversations