Tuesday, July 02, 2013

DOE Asset Revitalization Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a website for the Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI), which is a DOE-wide effort to advance the beneficial reuse of its unique and diverse mix of assets, including land, facilities, infrastructure, equipment, technologies, natural resources and a highly skilled workforce.

ARI promotes a more efficient business environment to encourage collaboration between public and private resources. ARI efforts will maximize benefits to achieve energy and environmental goals as well as to stimulate and diversify regional economies. ARI helps communities to transition existing assets to future beneficial uses thus enhancing their local and regional communities and economies.

The key to success of ARI is effective communication and cross-functional coordination that includes both field and headquarters components. The ARI Task Force is organized into five teams led by a steering committee which identifies, prioritizes, and resolves issues for effective site revitalization, addresses crosscutting issues, and incorporates ARI’s mission into programmatic business practices. The five teams include diversification, real property and assets, modernization, energy, and communications.

ARI focuses on communicating past efforts and lessons learned from DOE’s long history of asset revitalization and focus current and future efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of future land, asset and facility transfer and beneficial reuse. Since the 1950’s, DOE and its predecessor agencies have completed 95 transfers of approximately 25,500 acres of land, facilities and other assets for beneficial reuse, including excess fire stations, water treatment plants, water production facilities and other land, assets and facilities that local communities are using to support their civic, economic and social needs.

DOE has already supported the cleanup and closure of approximately 90 sites that were involved in US nuclear weapons development and many of these sites are in beneficial reuse. Additional departmental efforts to consolidate mission areas, sites and facilities and reduce the overall operational footprint of the DOE complex across the country will make additional land, assets and facilities available for beneficial reuse. (DOE)

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