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A brownfield is a property where “…the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant” (US EPA, 2013). As with many rust belt cities, Syracuse NY has 137 properties designated as brownfields as of the summer of 2013 (Sullivan, 2013). For this study, I sampled soil from 3 of these brownfield sites and, using an Inductively Coupled Plasma Machine, tested for an above average presence of three heavy metals: copper, lead, and zinc. My results were compared to natural metal concentrations in soil set by the EPA to find out whether these contaminants were an issue on the site. Based on my results, observations, and research I was able to determine which site would be most suited for a potential urban tree nursery.