Dissertation Topic/Title: The Ubiquitous Brownfield: Abandoned Gas Stations and their Social, Economic, and Environmental Implications
Dissertation Advisor: Michael Greenberg
Previous Degrees: Johns Hopkins University, 2002, Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy; The American University, 1992, Master of Arts in Public Administration; The American University, 1990, Interdisciplinary Studies.
Leah Yasenchak is co-founder of an environmental planning firm specializing in brownfields redevelopment in urban areas. Her research topic is the impacts of abandoned gas stations. Preliminary results from this project indicate that the vast majority of former gas stations closed prior to any reporting requirements, and no environmental records exist to determine whether or not contamination is still present. Additionally, a large portion of these sites are vacant or underutilized, suggesting a blighting influence caused by potential contamination that requires further exploration. Impacts from abandoned gas stations include environmental impacts, social impacts, and economic impacts.