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  • One If by Land, Two If by Sea: Brownfields Are Coming to Build Community Resiliency

    Friday, December 13, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    408 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The loss of historic industries and manufacturing in older east coast cities presents an opportunity to rebuild our communities with resiliency elements that revitalize the land while protect from encroaching seas. In a unique partnership, Delaware River Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP), the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have combined their expertise with many partners to work together to reframe brownfield reuse with the land and sea in mind. NJDEP and NOAA’s UWFP Brownfields Community of Practice includes Camden NJ, Philadelphia PA, Chester PA and Wilmington DE, and each of these cities are implementing resilient waterfront redevelopment that includes riparian enhancements, living shorelines, water infrastructure improvements, and other features that help communities adapt to climate change and sea level rise. The presentation will focus on what tidal urban communities can do with their brownfield sites that provide for economic revitalization while building in adaptive community resiliency. In addition to examples from the four UWFP cites and some best management practices from other parts of the country including Norfolk VA, the presenters will share their experiences on how to effectively engage with challenging communities, build capacity, arrive at consensus and attract multiple funders to successfully rebuild our cities with necessary resiliency features.
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