Executive Director, National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment
Executive Director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group
B.S. Industrial Management, Purdue University; M.S. Environmental Sciences, Rutgers; Ph.D. Urban Planning & Policy Development, Rutgers
Civic Square Building, room 172
Phone (848) 932-2714
Fax (732) 932-0934
- The complex and inter-related land use, infrastructure, financial and public policy issues associated with the revitalization of America’s older urban and suburban communities
- The equally complex issues surrounding the cleanup, closure and long-term reuse of the Department of Energy’s former nuclear weapons sites
- Using GIS, computer modeling and other related technologies to gain a better understanding of the environmental, infrastructure and fiscal impact of alternative regional land use scenarios
- Regional land use planning
Publications and Activities
- “Using Integrated Geospatial Mapping and Conceptual Site Models To Guide Risk-Based Environmental Cleanup,” accepted by Risk Analysis, 2004.
- “Smart Growth in a Small Urban Setting: The Challenges of Building an Acceptable Solution,” Local Environment: Special Issue: North American Cities and Smart Growth, Vol. 7, No. 4, November 2002.
- "Infrastructure Planning in an Uncertain Environment: The Nation's Former Nuclear Weapons Production Sites," Public Works Management & Policy, Vol. 7, No. 2, October 2002.
- Governor’s 2003 Conference on Housing and Community Development, “School Renaissance Zones and Community Development”
- New Jersey American Planning Association Annual Conference in 2003 (“Collaborative Neighborhood Revitalization Planning”), 2002 (“Non-Profit Neighborhood Revitalization”) and 2001 (“The Nuts and Bolts of Integrated Regional Land Use Planning: A Case Study in Somerset County“)
Henry Mayer is Executive Director of the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment. He has extensive experience in the corporate, academic, and government arenas, with a focus the past ten years on the complex environmental, infrastructure, and financial issues associated with the redevelopment of many of the country's older and former industrialized cities. His recent work has included using GIS based modeling tools to evaluate the impacts of alternative land-use decisions for Somerset County in support of its smart growth strategic planning initiative; assisting economically distressed communities in Plainfield, Franklin and New Brunswick in visioning and developing neighborhood revitalization plans; examining the capacity of redeveloped brownfields to absorb future residential and commercial growth, issues surrounding the redevelopment of “mothballed” properties, and the environmental impact of intense development of sensitive open space.
The Center also provides economic analysis and other assistance to the U.S. Department of Energy related to the cleanup, closure and potential reuse of its largest former nuclear weapons sites across the country. Dr. Mayer was the primary author of a comprehensive geospatial mapping and risk-based conceptual site model structure that became a cornerstone of the Department’s risk-based end states program, and more recently has been assisting several of the country’s largest and most contaminated sites in reevaluating their long-term cleanup strategies and associated life-cycle cost estimates.
Formerly a Managing Director & Treasurer of Smith Barney, Dr. Mayer brings a unique combination of academic, public service, and private sector finance and management expertise to the Center.