Educational Program Overview

Featuring dozens of educational sessions offered in a variety of formats, the conference offers high quality learning experiences and peer-to-peer networking for stakeholders looking for beginner basics to those needing more advanced training and connections.

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Conference Topic Areas

  • Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
  • Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
  • Track 3: Smart Cities and Communities
  • Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
  • Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
  • Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
  • Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
  • Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

Educational Session Formats

Learning Lounges (30 minutes). Adapted for adult learning, these sessions feature one speaker delivering a fifteen-minute presentation with the remaining time devoted to Q&A with the attendees.

Roundtable Reviews (60 minutes). Our most interactive session, roundtables feature one or two experts guiding an interactive conversation with the audience around a focused topic. There is no audiovisual technology or formal presentations. Experts tee up the topic and then facilitate the conversation with the attendees.

Panel Discussions (60 minutes). One moderator and up to two speakers deliver 15 to 20-minute visual presentations (e.g. PowerPoint presentations) each. The moderator is expected to leave enough time for Q&A with the audience at the end of the presentations.

Town Meeting Conversations (60 minutes). Similar to panel sessions, Town Meeting Discussions also feature one moderator and two speakers. Speakers provide brief opening remarks and/or presentations; however, the session is designed to more quickly engage the audience in an ongoing dialogue for the bulk of the session time.

Pre-Conference Trainings (2-4 hours). We anticipate offering several pre-conference workshops the day before the conference officially kicks off. If your idea is most suitable for this type of training, please select this format.

Mobile Workshops (3 hours). These ride along sessions, take attendees out of the convention center into the Los Angeles area to see and learn about one or more showcase redevelopment projects. Plan on about 50 participants per workshop and a time frame that includes round-trip travel and the learning experience of the site visit.

New for 2019! Brownfield Speaks (20 minutes). Taking a cue from TED Talks, charismatic speakers will expose new ideas that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to a broad audience. The goal is to foster the spread of great ideas.

New for 2019! Engaging Ideation (30 minutes to 2 hours). The brownfields conference is notable for introducing new formats and approaches for actively engaging participants as part of the educational process. Design charrettes, table-top scenario planning and last year a session modeled after the popular Shark Tank television show have all be conference favs!

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