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    Tuesday, December 10


  • 09:00 am - 01:00 pm

    408 B

    Applying Innovative Characterization and Cleanup Solutions to Your Site: A Primer

    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] Join in for a training on effective and proven innovative technologies and practices for characterizing and cleaning up Brownfields sites. Participants ...

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    Applying Innovative Characterization and Cleanup Solutions to Your Site: A Primer

    Tuesday, December 10, from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm
    408 B
    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] Join in for a training on effective and proven innovative technologies and practices for characterizing and cleaning up Brownfields sites. Participants will learn of tools and practices to implement innovative approaches such as incremental sampling methods (ISM), high-resolution site characterization (HRSC), three-dimensional visualization and analysis. Also covered is how the information generated by these tools and practices feeds into a lifecycle conceptual site model (CSM), improving confidence in site cleanup and better communicating site conditions to all stakeholders. Instructors will cover innovative in situ remediation technologies such as thermal treatment, chemical oxidation and reduction, and enhanced bioremediation that can permanently address contaminated sources. Participants will also learn of field tools to assist in the creation of dynamic work plans to allow for—and achieve—faster site cleanup. The course may be of particular interest to small business owners providing environmental services.

  • 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

    403 B

    Brownfields Basics and Road to Redevelopment

    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] Reuse and redevelopment of brownfield properties often pose challenges as well as opportunities. The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities ...

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    Brownfields Basics and Road to Redevelopment

    Tuesday, December 10, from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm
    403 B
    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] Reuse and redevelopment of brownfield properties often pose challenges as well as opportunities. The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities providers, present this workshop to explain the brownfields revitalization process. Key takeaways will include how to: recognize brownfield sites and how they can attract other revitalization resources; create a site inventory, and prioritize eligible sites to meet revitalization goals; inform, involve, and garner widespread (and key) stakeholder support; and, facilitate environmental due diligence and cleanup for project partners, to reduce cost, risk and provide liability protections.

  • 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    502 B

    Re-Development Academy – Let’s Make a Deal!

    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] Explore the world of high stakes brownfield redevelopment finance through a collaborative and interactive workshop! This workshop allows attendees to ...

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    Re-Development Academy – Let’s Make a Deal!

    Tuesday, December 10, from 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm
    502 B
    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] Explore the world of high stakes brownfield redevelopment finance through a collaborative and interactive workshop! This workshop allows attendees to see inside the redevelopment process and become brownfield developers for the day. Attendees will form teams of four that will compete against other teams for the rights to redevelop a significantly contaminated, but valuable piece of real estate. Each team will conduct due diligence, prepare and pitch reuse plans, line-up equity funding, and make an offer for the opportunity to buy the property! Participants will learn and apply real estate development principles to real-world brownfield redevelopment situations. The workshop will provide insights into understanding the different key players and critical decision-making steps that determine the outcomes of redevelopment.

  • Pulling Back the Curtain on Vapor Intrusion

    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] This training will focus on approaches for sites with vapor intrusion issues. The experts on the panel will present the process for screening, sampling, ...

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    Pulling Back the Curtain on Vapor Intrusion

    Tuesday, December 10, from 09:00 am to 03:00 pm
    502 A
    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] This training will focus on approaches for sites with vapor intrusion issues. The experts on the panel will present the process for screening, sampling, risk evaluation, remediation and mitigation. Stewardship and ensuring long-term efficacy of mitigation systems will be addressed. The panel, both from private and government sectors, will share their experiences and lessons learned on developing effective and protective strategies at sites across the nation. Case studies will be used to illustrate a variety of scenarios where vapor intrusion has been addressed successfully and cleared the way for redevelopment.

  • 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

    408 A
    Speaker(s):
    Toby Rittner

    The Basics of Building a Capital Stack for Brownfields Redevelopment

    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] This session will provide a basic introduction to building a brownfield project’s capital stack by utilizing the development finance toolbox. From ...

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    The Basics of Building a Capital Stack for Brownfields Redevelopment

    Tuesday, December 10, from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm
    408 A
    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] This session will provide a basic introduction to building a brownfield project’s capital stack by utilizing the development finance toolbox. From bonds, tax credits, and TIF, to federal financing programs, RLFs, and access to capital lending resources, the session will discuss why these tools are essential, and how they can be used to meet the various needs of local governments, businesses, developers, and real estate investors. This session is designed for professionals who would like to broaden their knowledge of development finance tools in general, and more specifically, how they can be used in brownfield redevelopment projects. Case studies will be used to illustrate how these tools and strategies are used to redevelop brownfields and improve communities.
    Speaker(s):
    Toby Rittner

  • 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

    403 A

    ITRC PFAS Workshop: Managing PFAS Contamination at Your Site

    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a state-led coalition working to advance the use of innovative environmental technologies ...

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    ITRC PFAS Workshop: Managing PFAS Contamination at Your Site

    Tuesday, December 10, from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm
    403 A
    Pre-Conference Trainings
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    [PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING] The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a state-led coalition working to advance the use of innovative environmental technologies and approaches. The ITRC PFAS team is comprised of over 500 environmental professionals from state, local, and federal government, private industry, academia, and public stakeholders, collaborating to produce resources to address the challenges of PFAS contamination. The PFAS team’s fact sheets have been revered by the environmental community as the primary resources for all things PFAS. The ITRC PFAS Team has executed a series of training workshops with over 1000 attendees including state, federal, and industry partners. The ITRC training will explore site characterization (sampling and analysis), fate and transport, remediation technologies, and AFFF, followed by a case study discussion. This training should enable you to understand the sources and uses of PFAS, the unique PFAS sampling and laboratory procedures, PFAS fate and transport, the basics of PFAS bioaccumulations, and the current state of treatment technologies and those in development.
  • Wednesday, December 11


  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Sheri Adkins

    Tailoring the Carrot: Making Cleanups Work for Redevelopment

    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    State brownfields cleanup programs are designed to promote cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties by approving qualifying purchasers’ cleanup plans in exchange for environmental liability ...

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    Tailoring the Carrot: Making Cleanups Work for Redevelopment

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    State brownfields cleanup programs are designed to promote cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties by approving qualifying purchasers’ cleanup plans in exchange for environmental liability protection; many state programs allow the developers to only manage risk exposure through institutional controls or conduct limited remediation. However, regulators only have partial data to help them understand the decision factors influencing developers and other entities that clean up brownfields/contaminated properties. This lack of insight has the potential to hinder the environmental and economic success of state redevelopment incentive and cleanup programs. KDEP and EPA are partnering to develop the use of social science to identify approaches used by developers of brownfields and to quantify the long-term economic and societal benefits of the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties. Better quantifying the long-term impacts of various extents of cleanup on investment-returns, quality-of-life in affected neighborhoods, etc., and better understanding how liability risks factor into cleanup decisions will allow regulators and local governments to tailor their incentives programs to better promote and facilitate healthy, thriving communities now and in the future.
    Speaker(s):
    Sheri Adkins

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    404 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    James Becker, CJ Johnson

    Leveraging a New Type of Social Impact Bond

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    RCF has developed a new Social Impact Bond as an elegant method of paying for solutions of blighted housing and brownfields, and low rates of home ownership in urban communities. This new Social Impact ...

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    Leveraging a New Type of Social Impact Bond

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    RCF has developed a new Social Impact Bond as an elegant method of paying for solutions of blighted housing and brownfields, and low rates of home ownership in urban communities. This new Social Impact Bond is an investment vehicle for private investors and requires establishing agreed upon and validated successful outcomes, and defining the target population for the intervention to insure that the Program is being delivered consistently. The Richmond Community Foundation has served as the focal point around which Program partners have built the financial infrastructure that facilitates the use of this social impact bond. RCF has brought together populations in need, a social program that can address that need, investors eager to make a positive impact, payers willing to pay investors principal plus interest based on a percentage of the savings derived from the intervention, and an intermediary. On this panel, RCF partners will show you how to work with your local community foundations and other community partners to issue, sell and manage the bond investments by the bondholders, coordinate the service providers who are actually delivering the services paid for by the bond proceeds, and oversee an independent evaluator.
    Speaker(s):
    James Becker CJ Johnson

  • 02:15 pm - 04:30 pm

    411

    The Redevelopment Rodeo

    Engaging Ideation
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    The Redevelopment Rodeo is a fast-paced forum geared to send pre-screened projects toward a redeveloped future, with a focus not only on technical challenges such as contamination, but also on site ...

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    The Redevelopment Rodeo

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 04:30 pm
    411
    Engaging Ideation
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    The Redevelopment Rodeo is a fast-paced forum geared to send pre-screened projects toward a redeveloped future, with a focus not only on technical challenges such as contamination, but also on site marketing. Join this room full of “wranglers” who will support local government and tribal stakeholders with actionable ideas and solutions to help move projects forward. Participants will leave with new tools, strategies and contacts to support redevelopment. The Rodeo will begin with expert presentations by our panelists, and will include presentations by pre-selected participants and lively discussion. Grab the bull by the horns and join the TAB providers (CCLR, NJIT and KSU) for an interactive, educational time. Yee hah!

  • 12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Anthony Giannetti

    In-Situ Remediation - Keeping Chemistry Clean

    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    In-situ remediation is among the least intensive, lowest-impact remedial options for cleanup of contaminated brownfield sites. By avoiding dig & haul operations with heavy equipment and dump trucks, ...

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    In-Situ Remediation - Keeping Chemistry Clean

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:30 pm to 01:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    In-situ remediation is among the least intensive, lowest-impact remedial options for cleanup of contaminated brownfield sites. By avoiding dig & haul operations with heavy equipment and dump trucks, the cleanup is quieter and the air is cleaner. Within the in-situ remediation arena, cleanups are getting greener. Pump & treat, air-sparge, re-circulation systems are being installed with remote monitoring to reduce carbon footprints from visits to sites, and remote monitors as well as some system infrastructure are being powered by solar panels. Bioremediation is among the greenest of cleanups - harnessing nature's power to remediate sites by promoting the environmental conditions that encourage microbial degradation. Thermal remediation is energy-intensive but very short-term, reducing footprints of cleanups - with the added benefit of using the residual heat to stimulate bioremediation and activate in-situ chemical oxidation, reducing chemical volumes and costs. Chemical sources are increasingly green - zero-valent iron is manufactured through the recycling of car engine blocks. We'll explore the reasons why in-situ remediation is the leading edge of green cleanups, and the latest exciting innovations that continue to advance the clean chemistry industry.
    Speaker(s):
    Anthony Giannetti

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    404 A/B

    The High Hanging Fruit: Harder to Reach but Still Oh So Sweet

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    One thing never considered in the early days of the Superfund, RCRA or TSCA programs was the possible reuse of these sites; after all, these sites represented posed some of the greatest potential risk ...

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    The High Hanging Fruit: Harder to Reach but Still Oh So Sweet

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    One thing never considered in the early days of the Superfund, RCRA or TSCA programs was the possible reuse of these sites; after all, these sites represented posed some of the greatest potential risk to human health and the environment. With many of these sites having a very marketable location, owners of these sites see the potential in conveying these sites for redevelopment. Additionally, federal and state regulators are routinely encouraging that the reuse be contemplated when developing the remedial design. Sounds like the foundation for the brownfield process—integrating redevelopment and remediation! Can a brownfield approach be integrated into other regulatory program. This Town Meeting will engage the participates in a discussion of projects they have managed in which the guiding principles of the brownfield approach have been incorporated on a “non-brownfield site”. Some of the issues participants may want to share include: What was the regulatory document that compelled the cleanup; What administrative complications arose and how were they resolved; How were cleanup standards established; What strategies were developed to streamline the remediation timeline; How was financial assurance addressed; How were federal and state response costs for overseeing the private cleanup; Were there additional studies or investigations to support EPA development of its five-year reviews; and Was the issue of “reopeners” addressed.

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    406 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    Sue Boyle, Beth Barton

    Hottest Revitalization Topics 2019

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    A truly interactive session that identifies up to 5 of the hottest topics crossing state boundaries in remediation and redevelopment. Assembled group will discuss the nuanced differences of how the ...

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    Hottest Revitalization Topics 2019

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    A truly interactive session that identifies up to 5 of the hottest topics crossing state boundaries in remediation and redevelopment. Assembled group will discuss the nuanced differences of how the topics are being discussed and implemented throughout the country. For example, emerging contaminants such as PFAS and PFOAs have changed the discussion in many states about when is a remediation completed and ready for redevelopment. Several states are offering new incentives and enhanced liability protection. Let’s discuss all things fill: how is soil moving within regions; between regions; and how are resiliency concerns changing the movement of fill?
    Speaker(s):
    Sue Boyle Beth Barton

  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Andrew Kleiner

    The Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    This session will overview the 20+ year history of a public-private partnership of 25 people that has guided hundreds of acres across the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania through the redevelopment process ...

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    The Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative

    Wednesday, December 11, from 04:00 pm to 04:30 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    This session will overview the 20+ year history of a public-private partnership of 25 people that has guided hundreds of acres across the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania through the redevelopment process using Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection funding and EPA brownfields program funding. The general purpose of this presentation will be to focus on the partnership and relationship building between stakeholders that is crucial to the success of a redevelopment program. Discussion will be focused on partnering with Governmental and Regulatory agencies and on Pennsylvania's ACT 2 program which provides liability release for individuals who are eligible. The key takeaway from this session will be a blueprint of engagment that can help individuals create the partnerships needed for success to happen.
    Speaker(s):
    Andrew Kleiner

  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Steve Collins

    From Coal to Renewables: How the Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant in New England Became an Offshore Wind Hub

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The transformation of Brayton Point “from coal to wind” is widely considered to be a symbolic milestone in the global transition from fossil fuels to renewables. For over 50 years, the Brayton Point ...

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    From Coal to Renewables: How the Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant in New England Became an Offshore Wind Hub

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The transformation of Brayton Point “from coal to wind” is widely considered to be a symbolic milestone in the global transition from fossil fuels to renewables. For over 50 years, the Brayton Point Power Station was the largest coal-fired power plant in New England. After ceasing operations in 2017, the retired plant was at risk of a prolonged state of decay and blight. However after an asset purchase and environmental liability transfer transaction in early 2018, the former coal power plant site has found a new future as a world-class renewable energy support center. This presentation will discuss this major brownfield project in detail – how the initial transaction was structured, how the site was repositioned for renewables, what investments and upgrades were needed, how existing site attributes were repurposed for redevelopment, how CDC worked with local stakeholders and residents to optimize the transition, and lessons learned along the way.
    Speaker(s):
    Steve Collins

  • 10:45 am - 11:15 am

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Tiffany McClelland

    Redefining an Old Steel Town Through Key Investments

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    The City of Lorain is realizing a great resurgence with a $9.1 million renovated historic downtown hotel, more than $23.5 million Black River cleanup and restoration, $3.9 million downtown streetscape ...

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    Redefining an Old Steel Town Through Key Investments

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:15 am
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    The City of Lorain is realizing a great resurgence with a $9.1 million renovated historic downtown hotel, more than $23.5 million Black River cleanup and restoration, $3.9 million downtown streetscape improvements, improved riverfront gathering space, and many more revitalized properties. Learn how mid-sized cities can tackle enormous brownfield challenges by assembling funds from a variety of sources, including federal and state brownfield and transportation programs, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, HUD CDBG, historic tax credits, private investments, and creative financing. Hear dramatic stories from Port Authority officials on how they are addressing environmental challenges on large and small properties, inspiring developers and banks to invest in the community, and motivating community leaders to leverage projects and funding to magnify local benefits and ignite redevelopment momentum.
    Speaker(s):
    Tiffany McClelland

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Ed Platt

    Carousel Neighborhood Restoration

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    The project is the execution of a Remedial Action Plan under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), to excavate and remediate contaminated soil at the Carousel ...

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    Carousel Neighborhood Restoration

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 02:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    The project is the execution of a Remedial Action Plan under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), to excavate and remediate contaminated soil at the Carousel tract in Carson, CA (285 homes, ~1,500 residents). Residents are moved out in groups to temporary housing while each section is remediated. Key challenges include maintaining a clear and frequent lines of communication for a complex, emotional topic and relaying data in a human and understandable manner while displaying sensitivity and finding solutions to unconventional problems.
    Speaker(s):
    Ed Platt

  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Robert Agee

    A Negative Asset Problem to Opportunity Case Study

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Many local governments have negative asset brownfield sites, often involving continuing long-term costs for maintenance, monitoring, liability. How does a local government turn these negative assets ...

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    A Negative Asset Problem to Opportunity Case Study

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Many local governments have negative asset brownfield sites, often involving continuing long-term costs for maintenance, monitoring, liability. How does a local government turn these negative assets into financially positive assets? In this session, you will learn to identify the problem, determine financially positive solutions that complement other community interests, and how other jurisdictions can use a similar process.
    Speaker(s):
    Robert Agee

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Tim Streitz

    Following Through on Community Planning

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    The City and County of Honolulu is transitioning from years of planning to implementation. Brownfields funding is a major tool helping to implement these planning efforts in transit-oriented development ...

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    Following Through on Community Planning

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:45 pm to 03:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    The City and County of Honolulu is transitioning from years of planning to implementation. Brownfields funding is a major tool helping to implement these planning efforts in transit-oriented development zones. Hear about bridging the community outreach from planning phases to redeveloping a brownfields site into open space, in conjunction with an affordable housing and transit center project.
    Speaker(s):
    Tim Streitz

  • 10:45 am - 11:15 am

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Toby Rittner

    Impact Ready: Preparing for Sustainable Investment

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Is your community “Impact Ready” to bring on sustainably responsible financing options? In the U.S., foundations and socially responsible investors are only now realizing the potential for sustainable ...

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    Impact Ready: Preparing for Sustainable Investment

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:15 am
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Is your community “Impact Ready” to bring on sustainably responsible financing options? In the U.S., foundations and socially responsible investors are only now realizing the potential for sustainable capital investments into traditional development finance structures like brownfields. For instance, in 2017 the Kresge Foundation made two significant investments in traditional development finance programs. The first, a $5 million loan to the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority, focuses on targeted, holistic redevelopment of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. This fund will allow for organic and sustainable real estate transformation while preventing gentrification and deployment of the individuals that currently live in those neighborhoods. While this concept appears obvious, the inability of U.S. cities to avoid gentrification and displacement has been a major barrier to local economic change. Kresge’s program related investment will achieve both end goals – improving the lives of low-income individuals while also attracting private capital for targeted redevelopment. What are the necessary steps for communities to be prepared, equipped, focused and ready for impact investors to make substantial local investments? This “Impact Ready” conversation will lay the foundation for developing a deliberate and thoughtful approach to attracting capital that requires a financial, social and sustainable outcome.
    Speaker(s):
    Toby Rittner

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    403 A

    Redevelopment that Works for Everyone: Shared Leadership and Innovative Solutions

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Everyone agrees, something needs to be done with that derelict brownfield property, but what? Who gets to decide? What are the elements that will ensure the project is a catalyzing force for revitalization ...

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    Redevelopment that Works for Everyone: Shared Leadership and Innovative Solutions

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Everyone agrees, something needs to be done with that derelict brownfield property, but what? Who gets to decide? What are the elements that will ensure the project is a catalyzing force for revitalization and not another idea that never comes to fruition, or worse, a concept that is out-right rejected by the community? This panel will spotlight examples of shared leadership between community groups and local government that foster, and institutionally support, community decision-making.

  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Jennifer Muus

    A "Fowl" Waste Farm to Fresh, Local Food

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    From 1970 to 2010, the McAnnally Enterprises egg farm processed eggs from more than a million chickens at a time and was a key employer for the small community of about 1,400 people in Berino, New Mexico. ...

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    A "Fowl" Waste Farm to Fresh, Local Food

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    From 1970 to 2010, the McAnnally Enterprises egg farm processed eggs from more than a million chickens at a time and was a key employer for the small community of about 1,400 people in Berino, New Mexico. In 2010 a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent doing aerial surveillance discovered acres and acres of chicken feces from the facility. Underneath the 270-acre site the groundwater was contaminated with high nitrates from decades of roosting chickens. The facility was closed, put up for sale, and sat vacant for years. Today Jim and Jay Hill run Wholesome Valley Farms on the same piece of property. The Hills are using the high nitrate groundwater to irrigate and fertilize their crops, providing fresh, local food, seasonal and year-round jobs, and remediating the groundwater through crop uptake of the nitrate. Leveraging federal, state, and private funds the farm features greenhouses for lettuce, tomatoes and bell peppers, and irrigates up to 150 acres of wheat, barley, corn and Sudan grass. A new irrigation well has been installed to draw uncontaminated water from deeper in the aquifer allowing the Hills to mix contaminated water and clean water for irrigation of the crops.
    Speaker(s):
    Jennifer Muus

  • 12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Margaret Renas

    Mitigate Climate Change Using Urban Tree Farms, a Green, Interim Land Management Strategy

    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Urban tree farms can be a relatively low-cost solution for brownfields and blighted land that is not anticipated to be developed in the immediate 5-20 years. This low cost solution raises property value ...

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    Mitigate Climate Change Using Urban Tree Farms, a Green, Interim Land Management Strategy

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:30 pm to 01:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Urban tree farms can be a relatively low-cost solution for brownfields and blighted land that is not anticipated to be developed in the immediate 5-20 years. This low cost solution raises property value of contiguous properties and improves overall appearance. In this session, Delta Institute will review and share tools and resources available through the Urban Tree Farms Go Guide: An Interim Reuse Strategy for Vacant Land. Strategies will be presented for planning and implementing a hybrid poplar urban tree farm for brownfields located in communities experiencing weak market conditions. Attendees will learn which goals i.e. carbon sequestration for climate mitigation, can be addressed by urban tree farms, how to scope the project, strategies to assess how best to involve the community, tools to create their project team to plan, plant, maintain and monitor trees, and strategies to quantify the results and exit the site. At the end of the session attendees will be provided with a link to download a free copy of the Urban Tree Farms Go Guide.
    Speaker(s):
    Margaret Renas

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    403 A

    Leveraging Technology to Conduct Environmental Site Assessments

    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities

     

    In order to conduct its environmental due diligence requirements for nearly 100 property acquisitions along the Honolulu Rail Transit Project 5-mile City Center Corridor, the Honolulu Authority for ...

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    Leveraging Technology to Conduct Environmental Site Assessments

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    In order to conduct its environmental due diligence requirements for nearly 100 property acquisitions along the Honolulu Rail Transit Project 5-mile City Center Corridor, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) has incorporated technology such as mobile devices and applications, web-based GIS and visualization platforms, and SQL relational database management systems to perform its environmental site assessments. Come and learn the details about how HART has leveraged these technology-based solutions to allow for iterative and real-time collaboration with environmental professional experts in Honolulu and the Continental U.S., evaluation and management of nearly 20,000 environmental records, data-driven impact assessments, the production of nearly 100 Phase I ESAs, utilizing economies of scale to realize cost savings, and standardizing the process such that it be conducted again when need.

  • 11:15 am - 11:45 am

    515 A/B, Area B

    The Key Role of a Community Development Corporation - Progressing from Planning to Revitalization

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    The Smart Growth Redevelopment District in Indianapolis contained one of Indy’s highest concentrations of abandoned housing and Brownfield sites. Beginning in 2008, community leaders and the City ...

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    The Key Role of a Community Development Corporation - Progressing from Planning to Revitalization

    Wednesday, December 11, from 11:15 am to 11:45 am
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    The Smart Growth Redevelopment District in Indianapolis contained one of Indy’s highest concentrations of abandoned housing and Brownfield sites. Beginning in 2008, community leaders and the City of Indianapolis began a community-based planning effort, which was able to attract support from USEPA in the form of Land Revitalization Technical Assistance. This helped the community to focus in on implementable redevelopment priorities around the intersection of 16th Street and the Monon bike trail. King Park Development Corporation capitalized upon the planning activities with multiple funding sources including a Brownfields assessment grant, leading to the cleanup and redevelopment of numerous sites for housing and retail. King Park’s efforts in the area, now called Monon16, were bolstered by being selected in 2017 for a $4.5 million multi-year investment by the City of Indianapolis. The results of the mixed-use, mixed-income development activities are visually stunning and extremely gratifying. Total reinvestment associated with the Smart Growth Redevelopment District to date is $46 million and counting.

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    408 A
    Speaker(s):
    Andrew Seth, Tim Fisher

    Opportunity Zones: New Financing Strategies for Brownfield Redevelopment

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    There are numerous and diverse types of tools and incentives available to communities for tackling the challenges of financing brownfields redevelopment. With the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs ...

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    Opportunity Zones: New Financing Strategies for Brownfield Redevelopment

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    There are numerous and diverse types of tools and incentives available to communities for tackling the challenges of financing brownfields redevelopment. With the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, communities now have a new federal incentive in their toolbox: Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zone designation enables communities to attract private capital into distressed neighborhoods. This session will provide an overview of the Opportunity Zone program, update participants on the status of federal Internal Revenue Service guidance, discuss how to layer Opportunity Funds into a project’s capital stack, and showcase local efforts to attract investment.
    Speaker(s):
    Andrew Seth Tim Fisher

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    408 A

    A Legacy of Success: RACER Trust Delivering on Its Mission of Remediation and Redevelopment

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    In 2010, the U.S. EPA and other Federal agencies, 14 states and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe signed off on a bold new initiative — the creation of a trust to take possession of the surplus properties ...

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    A Legacy of Success: RACER Trust Delivering on Its Mission of Remediation and Redevelopment

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    In 2010, the U.S. EPA and other Federal agencies, 14 states and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe signed off on a bold new initiative — the creation of a trust to take possession of the surplus properties abandoned by General Motors in its 2009 bankruptcy and execute a dual mandate: safe, protective cleanups, where necessary, and property sales that resulted in new investment, jobs and other benefits for communities hit hard by the GM shutdown. The results achieved by RACER Trust speak for themselves: More than 70 property sales to date, with $2.2 billion in private investment and more than 16,000 jobs pledged. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — has achieved these results with a singular focus not just on returning properties to productive use, but on attaining the highest and best use for each property based on its unique amenities and characteristics. RACER’s success is built on a platform of transparency — with regulatory agencies, community leaders and the market — and a creative, team approach to solving a range of remedial and redevelopment challenges. The principles on which RACER was founded and by which it operates are broadly applicable to brownfield redevelopment and revitalization efforts nationwide, and a key goal of this town meeting conversation is to send participants home inspired to tackle their own difficult challenges at home knowing that they, too, can be successful.

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    411

    Emerging Contaminants: Getting Past Fear of the Unknown

    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    The specter of emerging contaminants is enough to send even the most experienced real estate developer running for the relative comfort of a greenfield project. The uncertainty can be paralyzing, adding ...

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    Emerging Contaminants: Getting Past Fear of the Unknown

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    411
    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    The specter of emerging contaminants is enough to send even the most experienced real estate developer running for the relative comfort of a greenfield project. The uncertainty can be paralyzing, adding another impediment to the redevelopment and reuse of impaired properties. Managing the risk to induce investment requires an integrated team approach that involves the seller’s and the buyer’s real estate, remediation and legal teams and the candid participation of environmental regulators who ultimately will decide the cleanup standard and remedy now and in the future. RACER Trust owns a portfolio of properties in Michigan, a national leader in the research and regulation of PFAS chemicals, which has dominated environmental headlines from coast to coast for more than a year. With a dual mandate to conduct effective, protective cleanups and sell its properties for beneficial reuse, RACER cannot afford to sit on the sideline. Neither can any other brownfield owner. This panel will illustrate how RACER and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy are collaborating to identify and resolve challenges related to PFAS and other emerging contaminants, a blueprint for how regulated entities can work with lead agencies to position brownfield properties such that they may achieve their highest and best use potential while protecting human health and the environment both now and over the long term.

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    403 B

    Incentivizing Land Reuse in the Golden State

    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    California is famous for its palm trees, sunshine, and housing crisis. According to a 2015 study by the non-partisan Office of the State Legislative Analyst, an average California home costs about ...

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    Incentivizing Land Reuse in the Golden State

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    California is famous for its palm trees, sunshine, and housing crisis. According to a 2015 study by the non-partisan Office of the State Legislative Analyst, an average California home costs about 2.5 times the average national price ($440,000 v. $180,000) and average monthly rent is 50% higher than the rest of the country ($1,250 v. $840/month). The future of the country’s most populous state is intimately connected with its ability to sustainably and efficiently reuse existing land. To turn a crisis into opportunity, we need to reuse brownfields, but how can contaminated sites and their attendant costs compete? On this panel, join three experts from California state agencies for an in-depth discussion of resources that are helping make redevelopment possible. We’ll hear from the CA Pollution Control Financing Authority, the Strategic Growth Council, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. Some of the tools they will discuss are new, some are existing, and some are programs that have worked before and are being recapitalized. We’ll talk about the California Recycle Underutilized Sites Program (CALReUSE), programs for groundwater cleanup, cap-and-trade funds, and funding for affordable housing and infrastructure. How can we all do brownfields better? Exchanging information is a start. Learn about building on brownfields in the Golden State, and join the discussion to compare and contrast California's approach with programs in your state.

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    404 A/B

    Climate, Brownfields and Natural Disasters: Getting to the Root of Resilience

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    Since the last National Brownfields Conference in 2017, we’ve seen disastrous forest fires in California, catastrophic flooding in the Midwest, and an island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico. All of ...

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    Climate, Brownfields and Natural Disasters: Getting to the Root of Resilience

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    Since the last National Brownfields Conference in 2017, we’ve seen disastrous forest fires in California, catastrophic flooding in the Midwest, and an island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico. All of these events were influenced and exacerbated by climate change, and as extreme weather events become more common, resilience to their impacts becomes more important. What does all this mean for brownfield redevelopment and land reuse? Disasters can contaminate soil and water, generating more brownfields. In addition, these events can re-mobilize contaminants that may be left in place and can compromise the effectiveness of existing remedies. They can also create public health threats. In the face of such overwhelming natural forces, how should brownfield redevelopers respond? How can adaptation measures be integrated into the development process, thus producing a more resilient and valuable asset in the future? How should we approach assessment and remediation with climate change and disaster resilience in mind, and how can we best communicate all of this to local stakeholders? This roundtable will explore the overlap between brownfield redevelopment and resilience. It will offer practical, quantitative methods for incorporating resilience to climate hazards such as extreme rainfall and sea level rise into the redevelopment process, from planning to remediation. It will also explore how redevelopment equips us to prevent disasters from contaminating more land and generating more brownfields in the first place. This session will bring together a non-profit leader working on fire recovery in Sonoma, CA; an insurance and risk expert; and a climate modeler. Together, they’ll facilitate a discussion about climate change and redevelopment. Bring your questions and observations, and join us for what promises to be an engaging, highly educational conversation.

  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Bruce Thrupp

    Green, Sustainable Cleanup of Los Angeles Urban Brownfield

    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Come learn how a former Department of Defense bulk fuel tank farm located in an urban Los Angeles residential setting was cleaned up for redevelopment as a retail center and City park. There was strong ...

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    Green, Sustainable Cleanup of Los Angeles Urban Brownfield

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Come learn how a former Department of Defense bulk fuel tank farm located in an urban Los Angeles residential setting was cleaned up for redevelopment as a retail center and City park. There was strong opposition from the community with the original plan of trucking contaminated soil through their residential neighborhood to dispose at a landfill. After more research, a green, sustainable on-site bioremediation process was selected, tested and successfully implemented, resulting in 99% of the soil being cleaned and reused on-site. This approach saved over $1 million, and the goal of minimizing impacts to the local community was also met by preventing 95% of the truck trips to the landfill. All stakeholders benefited from this green, sustainable on-site remediation approach, and 15 acres of the site have been returned to the City for expansion of an urban park.
    Speaker(s):
    Bruce Thrupp

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Leonard Farr

    Community Gardens and Public Health

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    In Henderson, Nevada, Drake Park is being developed on a brownfield property in one of the City’s most underserved neighborhoods. The City is utilizing site-specific planning funding from an EPA ...

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    Community Gardens and Public Health

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 02:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    In Henderson, Nevada, Drake Park is being developed on a brownfield property in one of the City’s most underserved neighborhoods. The City is utilizing site-specific planning funding from an EPA Brownfield Coalition Assessment Grant to fund park planning activities, and to develop baseline public health data that will be used to measure park-related public health improvements.
    Speaker(s):
    Leonard Farr

  • 12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Sean Kaligi

    Optimization of Active Sub-Slab Extraction Systems

    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Designated areas within Los Angeles are considered to contain high levels of subsurface methane gas due to historical oil fields, landfills, or even the decay of organic matter. The Los Angeles department ...

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    Optimization of Active Sub-Slab Extraction Systems

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:30 pm to 01:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Designated areas within Los Angeles are considered to contain high levels of subsurface methane gas due to historical oil fields, landfills, or even the decay of organic matter. The Los Angeles department of Building and Safety (LADBS) requires Methane Mitigation Systems to be implemented within new construction projects that are located within these designated areas. In cases where high levels of methane gas are detected within a property, LADBS will require an active sub-slab extraction system to be permanently installed within the new structure. The goal of this study is to provide accurate methodologies for designing efficient active sub-slab extraction systems, along with the development of necessary tools/calculators for the brownfield engineering community to utilize for future designs. Our study will consist of a numerical simulation of the extraction system conditions with the goal of obtaining data related to flow conditions of the sub-slab system. An experimental study will be conducted to validate the simulation.
    Speaker(s):
    Sean Kaligi

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    403 A

    Brownfields: An Affordable Housing Solution

    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    This interactive panel will discuss the nexus between brownfields development and affordable housing and will explore various policy, funding and incentive programs that have been successfully deployed ...

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    Brownfields: An Affordable Housing Solution

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    This interactive panel will discuss the nexus between brownfields development and affordable housing and will explore various policy, funding and incentive programs that have been successfully deployed in the US, including a forgivable loan and grant program in California, with an emphasis on creating affordable housing. The policy and funding conversation will be complimented by a case study focused on “Comm 22” an award winning affordable housing project. We will share the complexities of tax credit based affordable housing finance of a 200 unit affordable housing and brownfields redevelopment project and the role that brownfields funding played. The premise of this panel is that if early stage project funding were more widely available, combined with an informed policy and regulatory approach, that the housing stock in California and elsewhere could be expanded, possibly significantly.

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    408 B

    What's Health Got to Do with It? Using Health Impact Assessment to Address Brownfields

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    One of the explicit reasons to redevelop brownfields is to enhance public health and minimize risk to humans from contamination. How do we inform and engage communities about their risk and the opportunities ...

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    What's Health Got to Do with It? Using Health Impact Assessment to Address Brownfields

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    408 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    One of the explicit reasons to redevelop brownfields is to enhance public health and minimize risk to humans from contamination. How do we inform and engage communities about their risk and the opportunities to make recommendations that will ameliorate negative health consequences and accentuate benefits? Health Impact Assessment is one tool that can be used to work with communities to: determine end use; take into account local knowledge and lived experience and to create lasting value for the community. Participants will learn about the HIA process; how it can be used in redevelopment and how it can be a novel way to engage community members in the process. Two case studies will be discussed as illustrations of how HIA can be used to bring benefits to the community as well as to build stronger relationships with the redevelopment team.

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    403 A

    Brownfields Grants and Mutual Benefits of Partnering with Environmental Justice Communities

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Transforming contaminated properties into end uses that promote environmental, economic, and healthy communities through brownfields (BFs) redevelopment advances environmental justice. A selected number ...

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    Brownfields Grants and Mutual Benefits of Partnering with Environmental Justice Communities

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Transforming contaminated properties into end uses that promote environmental, economic, and healthy communities through brownfields (BFs) redevelopment advances environmental justice. A selected number of case studies will show how engaging community residents impacted by contaminated sites in the BFs redevelopment process provides an important framework to revitalize overburdened and underserved communities. The Community Support Services of US EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) will also be highlighted. These services help revitalize communities, protect the environment and public health, and foster equitable development, while providing communities the space to create healthy places in which to live, work, learn and play. Collaborative efforts in Savannah, Georgia will be highlighted. Other communities discussed include Lake County, Oregon, and Greenville, MS. This session will show how partnerships between BFs redevelopment and communities help advance environmental justice; why partnerships work; what the positive and beneficial impact community engagement can have; provide successes and lessons learned on short- and long-term progress; and describe the positive impact provided by communication and partnerships across all sectors.

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    502 A

    Vapor: Intrusion into Redevelopment

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    This session will discuss challenges in completing vapor intrusion (VI) assessments while regulatory guidance documents from two California state agencies (the State Water Resources Control Board and ...

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    Vapor: Intrusion into Redevelopment

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    502 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    This session will discuss challenges in completing vapor intrusion (VI) assessments while regulatory guidance documents from two California state agencies (the State Water Resources Control Board and the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control) are in flux. Varying opinions by state regulators on the appropriate path forward at VI sites has made it difficult to make risk-based decisions for site cleanup, especially where redevelopment is planned. The discussion will also include evaluation of appropriate attenuation factors, site-specific cleanup levels, monitoring requirements, and mitigation.

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    502 A

    Redevelopment “Intel” for Your Brownfield

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    What do local real estate experts and developers REALLY think of your brownfield site? And how can your community help attract redevelopment to the site? If you have a challenging brownfield ...

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    Redevelopment “Intel” for Your Brownfield

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    502 A
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    What do local real estate experts and developers REALLY think of your brownfield site? And how can your community help attract redevelopment to the site? If you have a challenging brownfield site and need to understand reuse potential, join this session! You will learn how to organize a transaction-type forum in your community. Experts from the RACER Trust (Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust) and Vita Nuova will describe the models they follow for getting critical, realistic feedback about site-specific redevelopment opportunities and challenges. These models bring together the expertise of the local community, different areas of the real estate and developer professions, and state/federal officials. We’ll explore how to apply these models by reviewing a current local redevelopment opportunity along LA riverfront. Learn how to conduct a transaction-type forum for a brownfields in your community, including the right questions to ask, key stakeholders to invite, research to do beforehand, information you need on-hand, and how to lead the discussion so that the forum results in specific strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) for your brownfield site.

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    408 B

    Community Actions that Drive Brownfields Redevelopment

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    How do you attract redevelopment interest to a particularly challenging brownfield site? What if the site that your community really wants to redevelop is mothballed or otherwise stuck in limbo? Good ...

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    Community Actions that Drive Brownfields Redevelopment

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    408 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    How do you attract redevelopment interest to a particularly challenging brownfield site? What if the site that your community really wants to redevelop is mothballed or otherwise stuck in limbo? Good news! There are several steps your community can take to help move these stuck brownfields back into productive reuse. Join this session for a step-by-step walkthrough of best practice approaches that localities can use to create community champions, create an exciting yet realistic reuse vision, remove barriers to brownfields redevelopment, engage developers and end-users, complete site preparations, and – finally - close the deal. Learn how to successfully apply these strategies to help revitalize long-dormant brownfields in your community!

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    403 B

    Brass City Harvest: Transforming a Neighborhood From a Food Desert to a Food Hub

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Waterbury’s South End Neighborhood is an area containing some of Connecticut’s highest poverty levels, high unemployment and a predominantly minority population. The neighborhood includes residential ...

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    Brass City Harvest: Transforming a Neighborhood From a Food Desert to a Food Hub

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Waterbury’s South End Neighborhood is an area containing some of Connecticut’s highest poverty levels, high unemployment and a predominantly minority population. The neighborhood includes residential buildings, vacant lots and abandoned industrial buildings. It is a “food desert." Moreover, it is a neighborhood where access to fresh locally grown food for all practical purposes been denied. Brass City Harvest, Inc., a local non-profit organization committed to promoting urban agriculture and self-sufficient communities has partnered with the City of Waterbury to remediate and redevelop a small neighborhood brownfield site into Connecticut’s first urban fresh food aggregation, processing and distribution facility. A 6000 square foot building will house food washing, sterilization and packaging facilities to help Connecticut farmers process their produce in accordance with the latest governmental food standards. It will also include a commercial kitchen to allow local farmers to create new value-added farm products and will be leased to local food entrepreneurs such as start-up catering operations serving the community. The Food Hub will create vocational training and employment opportunities for neighborhood residents. It will facilitate fresh food product growth in the surrounding community through subscriptions and nutrition education through classes. The project highlights the successful collaboration of a community organization and a city in redeveloping a brownfield site.

  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Steve Buck

    Alternative Energy as Economic Development

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Sanford, a small service center in Southern Maine, has successfully worked with a private developer to permit a 50 MW solar farm on surplus land owned by the City. This innovative public-private partnership ...

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    Alternative Energy as Economic Development

    Wednesday, December 11, from 04:00 pm to 04:30 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Sanford, a small service center in Southern Maine, has successfully worked with a private developer to permit a 50 MW solar farm on surplus land owned by the City. This innovative public-private partnership will produce economic benefits for the City through energy savings, tax base expansion, & generation of non-property tax revenue. When completed, this project will be the largest solar generating facility in the State and currently the largest one in the country which is sited on an airport.
    Speaker(s):
    Steve Buck

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    409 A/B

    Rural Brownfields: Blight Removal as Economic Development

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    In many tribal communities, rural areas, and small towns, environmental costs for an individual land owner can easily exceed the value of one redeveloped property – but benefit to the overall community ...

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    Rural Brownfields: Blight Removal as Economic Development

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    409 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    In many tribal communities, rural areas, and small towns, environmental costs for an individual land owner can easily exceed the value of one redeveloped property – but benefit to the overall community of cleanup and blight removal greatly exceeds the costs. Tribal entities and local governments have addressed brownfields by forming coalitions, leveraging donations, and utilizing existing non-profits focused on infrastructure and small business. Topic experts from rural areas on the Northern Plains will lead discussion of brownfields blight removal, and expect to find similar challenges from roundtable participants throughout Rural America.

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    502 B

    BUILDing Liability Certainty: Recent CERCLA Amendments and How EPA Can Support Local Governments

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    Local governments often play a unique and important role in the cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of contaminated property. They often acquire properties or exercise their police powers to promote ...

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    BUILDing Liability Certainty: Recent CERCLA Amendments and How EPA Can Support Local Governments

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    502 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    Local governments often play a unique and important role in the cleanup, redevelopment, and reuse of contaminated property. They often acquire properties or exercise their police powers to promote community development, a strong tax base, and the health and safety of their citizens. In cases where contamination complicates the acquisition, reuse, or stewardship of a property, local governments can play a pivotal role in transforming these properties from liabilities to community assets. This session will explore ways EPA may fully address potential CERCLA liability concerns for local governments to assist these entities in navigating issues involving potential CERCLA liability protections, All Appropriate Inquiries, implementing institutional controls, and long-term reuse of a property. Further, speakers will explore recent amendments to CERCLA in the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act). In particular, the BUILD Act amended CERCLA § 101(20)(D), the state and local government liability exemption, and the session will examine these updates, EPA’s interpretation of these amendments, and recently revised guidance that discusses these and other statutory protections that may be applicable to local governments as they consider involvement at contaminated properties. Local governments and States will be asked to voice challenges and express potential solutions to obstacles encountered in addressing cleanup liability concerns.

  • 11:15 am - 11:45 am

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Tice Welborn

    Small Town. Big Money. Leveraging Success.

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    With a population of just over 3,000, the rural Appalachian town of Pickens, SC situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains has managed to complete a redevelopment project that is the envy of towns ...

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    Small Town. Big Money. Leveraging Success.

    Wednesday, December 11, from 11:15 am to 11:45 am
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    With a population of just over 3,000, the rural Appalachian town of Pickens, SC situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains has managed to complete a redevelopment project that is the envy of towns across the area. Pickens partnered with neighboring Easley to construct an 8-mile long trail, known as the Doodle Trail, connecting the two towns along an abandoned rail line. Situated at the Pickens trailhead was an abandoned rail depot and textbook brownfield site. The community had no shortage of vision for what the site could become. After extensive community outreach, visioning, and planning efforts, Pickens now had a plan and design for their new railroad themed trailhead park which would feature an open-air farmers market, sensory rain garden, recreation areas, an extension of the Doodle Trail, and a railroad museum paying homage to the history of the property. The next challenge was finding the financing to make this project a reality. After several unsuccessful attempts to leverage funding to assist with the redevelopment of the property, it became apparent that the environmental concerns associated with the site must be addressed. An assessment funded by the City and a Brownfields Cleanup Grant addressed the environmental concerns and additional funding began to pour in. Twelve grants from multiple private and government entities totaling $1.7 million not only led to the redevelopment of this property, but it has ignited a spark of revitalization in the community
    Speaker(s):
    Tice Welborn

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    406 A/B

    Realizing Greener Remediation Strategies

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    How can demolition and remediation activities be more sustainable? Join this discussion to share your experiences and hear details on a variety of alternative material management approaches used at ...

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    Realizing Greener Remediation Strategies

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    How can demolition and remediation activities be more sustainable? Join this discussion to share your experiences and hear details on a variety of alternative material management approaches used at old steel mills, steel casting plants, and automotive manufacturing facilities, among others. Get insights into how to creatively reclaim materials. Be inspired from spirited discussions on a variety of green demolition and remediation activities that can result in tremendous reductions in your next project’s costs, as well as its carbon footprint.

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Brian Vosburg

    Neighborhood Economic Development Doesn't Happen By Accident

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    The City of Detroit spans 142 sq. miles and houses 80+ neighborhoods, each with their own unique priorities and challenges. Learn what the City is doing to engage neighborhood stakeholders while maximizing ...

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    Neighborhood Economic Development Doesn't Happen By Accident

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 02:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    The City of Detroit spans 142 sq. miles and houses 80+ neighborhoods, each with their own unique priorities and challenges. Learn what the City is doing to engage neighborhood stakeholders while maximizing a partnership with the State. With over $1.25B in in annual private investment occurring in incentivized revitalization, engaging the public and key stakeholders throughout the process is imperative. Planning efforts, strategic financing partners and the deployment of government funds/incentives must follow a strategy to advance projects and ensure our historic and culturally significant neighborhoods are honored. Two of these neighborhoods include the Historic Avenue of Fashion and what is known today as Paradise Valley. With businesses that were shaped by an American jazz legacy and an African-American heritage, the Avenue was once a regional destination for luxury fashion. Until recently many of these businesses were vacant and decaying. Paradise Valley was a former business and entertainment center of an African-American residential area in Detroit from the 1920's through the 1950's. Urban renewal programs and the construction of freeways in the 1960's ceased life in the original Paradise Valley resulting in the loss of one of the city’s cultural icons. We will walk you through how we are addressing brownfield challenges and spurring revitalization in some of our most historically significant neighborhoods while balancing brownfield conditions and ensuring all stakeholders are engaged along the way.
    Speaker(s):
    Brian Vosburg

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi

    How Finding a Community Champion Can Make All the Difference

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    A Regulator’s Challenges with Science Communication: The speaker will walk the audience through her experience as the environmental regulator on the Former Athens Tank Farm/Ujima Village, a former ...

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    How Finding a Community Champion Can Make All the Difference

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:45 pm to 03:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    A Regulator’s Challenges with Science Communication: The speaker will walk the audience through her experience as the environmental regulator on the Former Athens Tank Farm/Ujima Village, a former oil production facility in the south-east area of Los Angeles that is now a regional park; at the time she started on the project, a portion of the site was also being used for residences and a day-care. The community felt that the government had let them down by irresponsibly allowing them to live for years in homes on top of contamination from a former oil production facility. Learn how the speaker navigated the balance of addressing environmental justice and community concerns through evolving and adaptive science communication, and how she eventually overcame trust barriers with the help and support of a local community champion.
    Speaker(s):
    Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    502 A

    Seeing Through the Lens of a Developer

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Beth Grigsby, KSU TAB partner and SME Sr. Project Consultant, will moderate a panel of two developers deeply experienced in brownfield redevelopment. Ms. Hashem will provide insight on large industrial ...

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    Seeing Through the Lens of a Developer

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    502 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Beth Grigsby, KSU TAB partner and SME Sr. Project Consultant, will moderate a panel of two developers deeply experienced in brownfield redevelopment. Ms. Hashem will provide insight on large industrial site redevelopment conducted nationally. Ms. Scott will focus on affordable and market rate housing development across 18 States. Most brownfield redevelopment projects require public/private partnerships or other forms of public support, and each panelist will discuss why federal, state and local resources are critical to a successful development. Panelists will provide their individual case studies of the brownfields they have tackled, and lessons learned over time. Case studies will include individual perspectives on selection of sites for development, assessment/cleanup process, managing liability, modifications to construction plans to mesh with remediation requirements and manage liability, use of federal, state or local funding and other related financing topics. Each developer will describe the positive economic and environmental impacts of their projects. Panel members will also comment on how communities make their brownfields sites shovel-ready and eliminate common barriers that impede timely progress on their projects. Learning objectives include: Developer’s perspective of the brownfield redevelopment process and how a community can prepare their site for redevelopment.

  • 11:15 am - 11:45 am

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Patrick Kirby

    Unlocking the Philanthropic Vault

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    A typical brownfield project takes multiple funders to get completed, and federal grants don’t always add up to everything you need. Very few philanthropic foundations ever talk about brownfields ...

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    Unlocking the Philanthropic Vault

    Wednesday, December 11, from 11:15 am to 11:45 am
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    A typical brownfield project takes multiple funders to get completed, and federal grants don’t always add up to everything you need. Very few philanthropic foundations ever talk about brownfields as a priority, but many are funding projects across the nation—they just don’t always think of them that way. By focusing on the broader aspects of a project, redevelopment leaders across the country are tapping into funds with priorities in economic transition, community development, education, recreation, and more, building broader projects and more lasting change through partnerships and diversified funding avenues. This session will provide strategies on how to engage local, regional, and other foundations to support brownfield redevelopment projects – from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting. Learn out to build relationships with foundations and how to craft your project story to unlock the many philanthropic opportunities available throughout the redevelopment process. Hear how projects have successfully engaged philanthropic investment at every level by expanding their understanding of the projects.
    Speaker(s):
    Patrick Kirby

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    409 A/B

    No Finer Place For Sure - Downtown

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    After years of lost retail and other businesses, rural downtowns are making a comeback – through strategic, deliberate deployment of time, resource, and lending, a partnership in Appalachia is ...

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    No Finer Place For Sure - Downtown

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    409 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    After years of lost retail and other businesses, rural downtowns are making a comeback - through strategic, deliberate deployment of time, resource, and lending, a partnership in Appalachia is bringing steady improvement in this historically challenging streetscape. Working across West Virginia to assist in redeveloping the proud, historic downtowns that define Appalachian heritage, downtowns which are truly replicated across the rural United States. This session will assess how to maximize the limited resources available for redevelopment as participants discuss approaches that are helping to revitalize historic downtowns, and how these strategies provide the needed boost to public and private developments in the region. Let’s share the collective challenges, opportunities, successes, and even disappointments, encountered on the road to making Rural Downtowns the next great investment!

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Bill Wescott

    Engaging Communities In the Age of Social Media – Good, Bad or Ugly?

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    City of Rock Falls initiated its Brownfields Program 15 years ago aiming to combat job losses and economic downturn by cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields along Rock River resulted from decades ...

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    Engaging Communities In the Age of Social Media – Good, Bad or Ugly?

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:45 pm to 03:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    City of Rock Falls initiated its Brownfields Program 15 years ago aiming to combat job losses and economic downturn by cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields along Rock River resulted from decades of historical industrial usage. As of today, at cleaned up brownfields properties at river front, a hotel was constructed with almost full occupancy; a community greenspace park with amphitheater was opened and has become community’s popular gathering place; and a YWCA and multi families redevelopment are in discussions. Getting support to the vision and engaging the community has been crucial in this revitalization process and is a key to the City’s success. Engaging the community can be a great experience or a nightmare. In this age of social media, Brownfields projects information can be easily disseminated to the community; however, the interpretation of that information may vary wildly. Oftentimes community leaders are not sure when or how to engage critics and naysayers on Brownfields projects. The City of Rock Falls has implemented highly visible Brownfields projects which sparked lively debates in our community before and during the process; but together we have cleaned up brownfields, achieved economic redevelopment, and improved community’s quality of life. Join us to learn proven creative and constructive ways to engage communities during brownfields revitalization and especially in this age of social media.
    Speaker(s):
    Bill Wescott

  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Rosanne Albright

    Creating New Opportunities for Mature Brownfields Programs

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    It has been nearly 25 years since the first brownfields assessment grant was issued and some of those original grant recipients established brownfields programs that are still in existence. The City ...

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    Creating New Opportunities for Mature Brownfields Programs

    Wednesday, December 11, from 04:00 pm to 04:30 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    It has been nearly 25 years since the first brownfields assessment grant was issued and some of those original grant recipients established brownfields programs that are still in existence. The City of Phoenix was one of those early recipients and since that time has developed a municipally-funded program that has achieved success with city-owned and private sector redevelopment. The Phoenix Brownfields Land Recycling Program is funded with municipal funds, including capital improvement bond funds, and uses various EPA resources to augment the program. Phoenix has received assessment, area-wide planning, environmental workforce development, revolving loan fund, and targeted brownfields assessments. How do you keep a brownfields program fresh, innovative and on the radar of elected officials and the private sector? The speaker will share ideas that have kept the Phoenix program at the forefront through integration with Sustainability Initiatives. The speaker will share how Phoenix has integrated the brownfields program with renewable energy, river restoration, healthcare, and food as a critical component in achieving sustainability goals. Key takeaways: how cities can coordinate with internal departments, such as sustainability, planning and development to incorporate brownfields into sustainability and comprehensive general plans, how to work with internal and external energy, health, and food system stakeholders to incorporate brownfields cleanup and redevelopment.
    Speaker(s):
    Rosanne Albright

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    403 B

    OurCounty: Los Angeles Countywide Sustainability Plan, for Equity, Resilience & Public Health

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    OurCounty is a regional sustainability plan for all of Los Angeles—the first of its kind, it outlines a bold set of goals, strategies and actions for creating a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable ...

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    OurCounty: Los Angeles Countywide Sustainability Plan, for Equity, Resilience & Public Health

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    OurCounty is a regional sustainability plan for all of Los Angeles—the first of its kind, it outlines a bold set of goals, strategies and actions for creating a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable county working in partnership with cities. Led by the LA County Chief Sustainability Office, the plan was built from the ideas of people living and working throughout the region, utilizing a stakeholder engagement process that centered the perspectives of communities that have been disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards and social and economic injustice. The result is a strategic sustainability plan that is intersectional by design, emphasizing collaboration across city and county boundaries as well as creative solutions that simultaneously benefit the environment, social equity, and economic revitalization. During this session, panelists will highlight the innovative strategies and actions at the core of the plan, ranging from a commitment to 100% renewable energy to a comprehensive approach to addressing the health impacts of oil and gas facilities on surrounding communities. Panelists will also discuss how specific stakeholder engagement methods addressed common barriers to participation, and how that meaningful participation shaped OurCounty's policy recommendations for improving equity and resiliency. Formal partnerships with trusted community representatives were integral to a plan that honors and incorporates community expertise and priorities.

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    408 B

    Meet the Deal Makers: Successful Revolving Loan Fund Programs

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Recipients of an EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) have the opportunity to establish and grow a self-sustaining source of capital within their community to address brownfield sites. When executed ...

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    Meet the Deal Makers: Successful Revolving Loan Fund Programs

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    408 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Recipients of an EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) have the opportunity to establish and grow a self-sustaining source of capital within their community to address brownfield sites. When executed to its fullest extent, these RLFs can provide funding for remediation within a community(ies) in perpetuity. Successful implementation of the RLF program involves well executed administrative, programmatic, and finance related activities. This session will help you compare and contrast the practices, partnerships, marketing, and engagement utilized by two flourishing RLF grantees: The City of Sacramento, California will discuss their current and future projects that have leveraged the RLF program to revitalize their City. The Snowy Mountain and the Central Montana Brownfields Coalition, Montana will discuss their strategies for leveraging funding to complete several loans and subgrants within their rural communities. These presentations will set the stage for an engaging conversation on what practices make a successful RLF program, including: • The similarities and differences between projects in a rural versus an urban environment, • How to successfully leverage funds from various sources to complete projects and make a lasting impact, • How to sustain the RLF, and • Creating flexible financing tools to enable redevelopment. Key Takeaways: Meet RLF experts; Case Studies; Share your successes/issues; P2P networking; Successful Financial Practices

  • 10:45 am - 11:15 am

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Nicholas Minich

    Leveraging Multiple Funding Sources to Spur Brownfield Redevelopment in the “Hub of Awesome”

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    After years of property acquisitions, legal and environmental hurdles, a large vacant former industrial property in downtown district of the City of La Porte, Indiana (pop. 21,732) turned the corner ...

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    Leveraging Multiple Funding Sources to Spur Brownfield Redevelopment in the “Hub of Awesome”

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:15 am
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    After years of property acquisitions, legal and environmental hurdles, a large vacant former industrial property in downtown district of the City of La Porte, Indiana (pop. 21,732) turned the corner in 2014 towards a viable Brownfield redevelopment. With a setting between two lakes and a reviving downtown; the redevelopment needed to incorporate elements that linked and strengthened the existing community assets. The first phase of new infrastructure at “NewPorte Landing” was planned in coordination with the Indiana Brownfields Program and IDEM, allowing for commercial redevelopment. Ahead of changing Tax Increment Financing Laws in 2015, the City Strategically leveraged TIF and insurance recovery funds speed the delivery of infrastructure that has become the basis for continued redevelopment and grant funded quality of life improvements. An aggressive project schedule, coupled with a desire for lakefront expansion, residential and commercial property uses, wetland mitigation, and a focus on environmental sustainability and reuse, has provided the City with unique challenges for Brownfield remediation and redevelopment.
    Speaker(s):
    Nicholas Minich

  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Linda Yang

    Phytoremediation – Making Brownfields Green

    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    City of South Beloit, a small town in northern Illinois, was facing a challenge: how to cleanup a 4-acre historical foundry with limited funding and less impact to the environment? Furthermore, how ...

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    Phytoremediation – Making Brownfields Green

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    City of South Beloit, a small town in northern Illinois, was facing a challenge: how to cleanup a 4-acre historical foundry with limited funding and less impact to the environment? Furthermore, how could the City redevelop this property while complying with the regional master plan focusing on public parks, greenspaces and bike trails near the creek and river? Working with USEPA, Illinois EPA and City’s technical consultant, South Beloit developed a phytoremediation approach leveraging proprietary succession crops and ASTM E2893 Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups. The design considered plants characteristics, weather condition, soil type, end use, community participation, and environmental footprint reduction. The results demonstrated that the approach remediated polynuclear aromatics contamination in the soil and met site specific cleanup objectives. Additionally, phytoremediation improved the aesthetics of the brownfields property, making it a green and appealing junction connecting South Beloit and Illinois/Wisconsin border. Green remediation technologies transformed the historical industrial brownfields to be an integral part of the regional parks, green spaces and bike trails; mitigating environmental and public health risks and improving the community’s quality of life. Please join us to learn how innovative green technology cleans up brownfields and increases community’s livelihood while integrating in regional master plan and promoting environmental stewardship.
    Speaker(s):
    Linda Yang

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    408 B

    Equitable Engagement & Redevelopment In Tribal Communities

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    The need for equitable engagement and involvement of tribal communities to investigate, assess, and plan for cleanup and be active participants in redevelopment is more important now than ever before. ...

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    Equitable Engagement & Redevelopment In Tribal Communities

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    408 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    The need for equitable engagement and involvement of tribal communities to investigate, assess, and plan for cleanup and be active participants in redevelopment is more important now than ever before. In this session participants learn how to motivate, share and support greater participation of tribal communities in planning the future of brownfields that represent a real and present danger to their health and safety as well as a constant impediment to tribal economic prosperity. Panelists in this session highlight how tribal communities are integrating health-focused redevelopment to improve community health through education and engagement in land reuse plans. Projects include education of new tribal leaders to ensure equitable future redevelopment, increasing economic development, and increasing access to healthy foods and other amenities. Discussion also includes the use and effectiveness of several different outreach and engagement tools including newsletters, posters, electronic postcards, coloring/activity books, work days and aerial drone footage.

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    406 A/B

    The Essence of Equity

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Talking about equity, whether it’s about development, environment or race is tough and now is the time to bring equity it to the forefront. In 2018, the City of Phoenix experienced its toughest critics ...

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    The Essence of Equity

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Talking about equity, whether it’s about development, environment or race is tough and now is the time to bring equity it to the forefront. In 2018, the City of Phoenix experienced its toughest critics who were well organized and ready to challenge government norms. Grassroot groups stated that the City had not conducted equitable community engagement, were not addressing the needs of residents, and expressed concerns of gentrification and displacement that would occur through construction of light rail extensions. While these adverse conditions exist, the City’s Office of Environmental Programs continues to receive community support for the brownfields program, which is integrated with food system work. How can one City department be held in high regard, while others are facing challenges that may derail transportation systems? The speaker will share the story of moving outside the usual government methods to quietly and effectively practice equitable community engagement in partnership with local organization that focuses on institutional change to impact equitable outcomes. Learn about the values of equitable engagement used to bring the most marginalized and impacted community members to the table, Wisdom at the Margins, Joy & Intimacy, Move at the Speed of Trust, and Vision & Imagination. Key takeaways are to inspire attendees to create a space for institutional change, to incorporate equitable community engagement techniques, resulting in deep community support.

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    408 A

    Come Hear About City of LA’s Crown Jewel Site on the LA River

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The Taylor Yard G2 River Park Project is a major step towards revitalization of the LA River. The transformation of this newly-acquired, 42-acre, river-adjacent site will create habitat restoration, ...

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    Come Hear About City of LA’s Crown Jewel Site on the LA River

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    408 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The Taylor Yard G2 River Park Project is a major step towards revitalization of the LA River. The transformation of this newly-acquired, 42-acre, river-adjacent site will create habitat restoration, support environmental cleanup and sustainability, and open more than one mile of direct river access to local communities. Discussion will showcase the successes and challenges with redeveloping the LA River. Attendees will also learn about Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that aims to enhance existing communities by creating a safe environment with more open space, parks, trails, recreation, environmental restoration, riverfront living and commerce, new jobs, neighborhood identity, economic development, tourism, and civic pride. Taylor Yard G2 River Park is also a recipient of an EPA Cleanup Grant.

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    404 A/B

    Fitting it All Together - Building the Perfect Brownfield Program

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    If you could build the perfect state Brownfield program, what would it look like? What mix of technical, regulatory, legal, or financial incentives would you include? Brownfield practitioners and ...

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    Fitting it All Together - Building the Perfect Brownfield Program

    Wednesday, December 11, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    If you could build the perfect state Brownfield program, what would it look like? What mix of technical, regulatory, legal, or financial incentives would you include? Brownfield practitioners and experts will guide an interactive conversation focusing on identifying elements and program features from different states across the U.S. that encourage Brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. Participants will be given the opportunity to share their own ideas and experiences with federal, state, and local incentives and their role and how they work to encourage Brownfield cleanup and reuse. Experts will also lead a discussion of ways to modify existing programs and policies (e.g., EPA's Brownfield Grant Program, RCRA, "All Appropriate Inquiry", Continuing Obligations, CERCLA 128(b), LUST).

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    411

    Mining the Sun on Brownfields

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The Nature Conservancy, BEC Environmental, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and the Wilderness Society have partnered together to map the potential and suitability of brownfields in Nevada, including ...

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    Mining the Sun on Brownfields

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    411
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The Nature Conservancy, BEC Environmental, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and the Wilderness Society have partnered together to map the potential and suitability of brownfields in Nevada, including mine and industrial sites, for renewable energy development. This panel discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities for renewable development on brownfields in rural counties. A key takeaway from the panel will be a proposed roadmap for communities to facilitate the redevelopment of brownfields and become participants in the clean energy economy.

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    409 A/B

    Enriching the Civic Life of the Community: Methods of Community Engagement for Brownfield Planning

    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: Are We Engaging the Local Community?

     

    This panel session will present multiple alternative modes of public outreach that have been used successfully to engage stakeholders in three (3) different brownfield area-wide planning processes, ...

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    Enriching the Civic Life of the Community: Methods of Community Engagement for Brownfield Planning

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    409 A/B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: Are We Engaging the Local Community?
    This panel session will present multiple alternative modes of public outreach that have been used successfully to engage stakeholders in three (3) different brownfield area-wide planning processes, with a specific focus on modes that both diverge from the traditional meeting format and engage populations that are unlikely to participate in a traditional meeting format due to a variety of barriers. Drawing specifically on the recent example of the EPA Brownfield Area-Wide Plan conducted in the City of Orem, Utah as well as best practices within the community planning field, the panel presenters will share best practices for community engagement in brownfield planning so that session participants will be able to utilize these methods to increase the quantity and diversity of stakeholders engaged in their own brownfield programs.

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    408 A

    Local Cleanup Oversight - Benefits and Challenges

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    Local governments have a strong interest in promoting brownfield cleanup and reuse in a timely and effective manner. Some degree of delegated authority from states can advance local environmental and ...

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    Local Cleanup Oversight - Benefits and Challenges

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    Local governments have a strong interest in promoting brownfield cleanup and reuse in a timely and effective manner. Some degree of delegated authority from states can advance local environmental and redevelopment priorities while ensuring coordination with state regulators and application of state cleanup standards. Join city and state government representatives from New York and California to discuss the benefits and challenges of municipal oversight of environmental cleanup.

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    502 B

    Utilizing EPA’s Revised Common Elements Guidance to Maintain Lifetime Effectiveness of CERCLA Liability Protections

    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    Sixteen years after issuance as an interim guidance document, on July 29, 2019, U.S. EPA published “Enforcement Discretion Guidance Regarding Statutory Criteria for Those Who May Qualify as CERCLA ...

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    Utilizing EPA’s Revised Common Elements Guidance to Maintain Lifetime Effectiveness of CERCLA Liability Protections

    Wednesday, December 11, from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
    502 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    Sixteen years after issuance as an interim guidance document, on July 29, 2019, U.S. EPA published “Enforcement Discretion Guidance Regarding Statutory Criteria for Those Who May Qualify as CERCLA Bona Fide Prospective Purchasers, Contiguous Property Owners, or Innocent Landowners.” In the final guidance, EPA provides authoritative insight to developers, lenders, equity investors, and their consulting and legal professionals to successfully navigate the multiple, interlocking, and integrated requirements necessary to perfect powerful, far reaching, environmental liability protection prior to taking title and then maintain it for the duration of site development and beyond. This panel of veteran brownfield lawyers will explore in detail how the final guidance carefully shines a light on how to maintain the pre-acquisition due diligence defenses to liability after title is conveyed, which is where a decade and a half of case law and case studies demonstrate the greatest risk exists for construction activities and long term stewardship obligations to void the defenses. The discussion will draw on the case law examples cited in the final guidance and case studies experienced in their practice to present an effective, redevelopment-focused strategy designed to maintain and maximize the utility of the Common Elements defenses in perpetuity.

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    502 B

    First-Timers Session

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Come learn about the background and opportunities of the Brownfields Conference.



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    First-Timers Session

    Wednesday, December 11, from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
    502 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Come learn about the background and opportunities of the Brownfields Conference.

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    502 B

    Case Studies in Working Landscapes

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The sustainable redevelopment of brownfields may be an excellent opportunity to rejuvenate honey bee and other pollinator populations. Healthy pollinator populations are necessary for supplying about ...

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    Case Studies in Working Landscapes

    Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
    502 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The sustainable redevelopment of brownfields may be an excellent opportunity to rejuvenate honey bee and other pollinator populations. Healthy pollinator populations are necessary for supplying about one-third of the food needed by the human population. We depend on bats, birds, bees, butterflies, and other insects to pollinate essential plants and food crops. Many pollinator populations are at risk as a result of habitat loss, invasive species, pesticides, and climate change. Brownfields redevelopment in both the urban and rural environments may hold a promising solution to threats facing the honey bee and other essential pollinators. Come hear how brownfields redevelopment can help sustain the future of the pollinators.
  • Thursday, December 12


  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Richard Du Bey

    Tribal Homelands and Brownfield Development

    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    Indian reservations are the glue that bind tribal communities and protect their life ways, languages, cultural identity and use of natural resources. Brownfield redevelopment is a tool that enables ...

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    Tribal Homelands and Brownfield Development

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    Indian reservations are the glue that bind tribal communities and protect their life ways, languages, cultural identity and use of natural resources. Brownfield redevelopment is a tool that enables tribes to exercise their sovereign governmental powers to develop laws to address contaminated lands that limit the use of quality of reservation lands and waters. However, EPA policy limits the use of brownfield programs with regard to areas designated as Superfund Site, effectively denying tribes the opportunity to put their limited land bases back into productive use.
    Speaker(s):
    Richard Du Bey

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    502 B

    Nuclear Decommissioning and Brownfield Redevelopment: Articulating the Overlap

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    There are 95 operating nuclear power plants around the country, and all will eventually close. We’re seeing the first wave of closures now, with an uptick anticipated by 2030. Whether sudden or ...

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    Nuclear Decommissioning and Brownfield Redevelopment: Articulating the Overlap

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    502 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    There are 95 operating nuclear power plants around the country, and all will eventually close. We’re seeing the first wave of closures now, with an uptick anticipated by 2030. Whether sudden or planned, nuclear plant closures often impact small, rural communities, leaving them with substantial areas of land that are home to stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel. In a cascade of negative impacts, plant closures dramatically impact tax revenue, population, jobs, housing prices, identity and cultural capital. Sound familiar? It should: the profile of nuclear host communities and the impacts of plant decommissioning resemble those experienced by brownfield-impacted communities. Nuclear decommissioning is as much a part of the energy transition as increasing renewables, but as a public policy issue, it has not received nearly as much attention. Economic recovery for nuclear host communities is not within the mandate of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the Department of Energy. The U.S. Economic Development Administration is leading efforts to develop this area of policy and practice. Decommissioning is receiving increased attention from Congress, but the issue is new. Join this radiant, one-of-a-kind discussion for a dialogue with the country’s leading non-profit decommissioning organization and the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and help us think through, in real time, what nuclear decommissioning can learn from brownfield redevelopment and vice versa.

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    406 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    Sue Boyle, Beth Barton

    Brownfield Redevelopment and Conservation: Partnership at Work

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Brownfield professionals know that coalition building and collaboration works for better projects and one group, the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE), was recently approached by the Nature ...

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    Brownfield Redevelopment and Conservation: Partnership at Work

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Brownfield professionals know that coalition building and collaboration works for better projects and one group, the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE), was recently approached by the Nature Conservancy to expand the coalition. Why? To create resilient redevelopment in cities and towns by using nature to reduce flood impacts and adapt to the future. The is a new partnership of conservation and redevelopment and we want to share information on the effort with Brownfields 2019 attendees and gather information on similar collaborations throughout the country.
    Speaker(s):
    Sue Boyle Beth Barton

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    502 A

    Environmental Liability Transfers 101

    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    During brownfield redevelopment projects, budget forecasts seldom align with actual costs – this can be due to a variety of factors including: higher than expected concentrations of environmental ...

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    Environmental Liability Transfers 101

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    502 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    During brownfield redevelopment projects, budget forecasts seldom align with actual costs – this can be due to a variety of factors including: higher than expected concentrations of environmental contamination, changes to regulatory requirements, fluctuating interest rates, fluctuating and unpredictable scrap recycling and equipment salvage prices, contractor disputes, unforeseen conditions, relocation of utilities, fluctuating real estate values and so on. Often the cost to remediate a brownfield site can be greater than the original cost to build and bring a facility online. This presentation will present a strategy designed for PRPs and other stakeholders seeking a cost-controlled and risk-controlled solution for managing the retirement and remediation of brownfields.

  • 04:45 pm - 05:45 pm

    403 A

    Leveraging Brownfields to Build Tribal Resilience

    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    Tribal communities embody resilience through unique socioecological, cultural, and legal contexts. While there is growing focus on opportunities to build more resilient and sustainable communities with ...

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    Leveraging Brownfields to Build Tribal Resilience

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 05:45 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    Tribal communities embody resilience through unique socioecological, cultural, and legal contexts. While there is growing focus on opportunities to build more resilient and sustainable communities with various federal, state, and local programs, much of the effort has been on cities and urban areas. However, many tribes face persistent revitalization and redevelopment hurdles that may inhibit their ability to adapt to or rebound from environmental, economic, social, and psychological challenges. What does resilience mean in Indian Country? And how can tribes leverage brownfields strategies and tools toward locally determined goals? Developed in collaboration with tribal professionals, this session will introduce the Tribal Resilience for Indigenous Brownfields & Environmental Sustainability (TRIBES) initiative, which establishes and applies principles, case studies, and practical framework that add value in responding to challenges and facilitate success.

  • 12:45 pm - 01:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Ross Brittain

    Trail Mix – Multi-state Collaboration on Rail Trail Development

    Learning Lounges
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    The conversion of abandoned railways to rail trails has become a popular way to revitalize brownfields, create economic development, synergize communities and make them more attractive for businesses, ...

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    Trail Mix – Multi-state Collaboration on Rail Trail Development

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:45 pm to 01:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    The conversion of abandoned railways to rail trails has become a popular way to revitalize brownfields, create economic development, synergize communities and make them more attractive for businesses, and provide healthy transportation alternatives. One of the primary issues affecting property acquisition for both the seller and the buyer is the environmental liability of rail corridors as well as mitigating any risk. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection collaborated with Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to develop Rail Trail Guidance to resolve the environmental liability issue by streamlining the process for assessing, mitigating, and developing rail trails. The Guidance used peer-reviewed literature to develop default Recreator Exposure Frequency and Exposure Time values for rail trails to be used with the EPA’s Regional Screening Level Recreator equations to allow for the site’s rapid movement through the state’s voluntary cleanup program to earn the valuable liability protections. This session will focus on the process and the benefits of using this Guidance to facilitate property transfer, reduce environmental liability, and develop trails by experience professionals who have been involved in these projects.
    Speaker(s):
    Ross Brittain

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    408 A

    Brownfields Behind the Great Wall of China

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    In the Spring of 2018, International City/County Management Association (ICMA) led a diverse group of brownfield practitioners who participated in the 4th Sino-American Land Engineering Cooperation ...

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    Brownfields Behind the Great Wall of China

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    In the Spring of 2018, International City/County Management Association (ICMA) led a diverse group of brownfield practitioners who participated in the 4th Sino-American Land Engineering Cooperation Conference sponsored by the People's Government of Shaanxi province and hosted by the Shaanxi Land Engineering Construction Group (SLECG). Hear from Linda Yang of Terracon, George Naslas of Weston & Sampson, and Trey Hess of PPM Consultants, Inc. as they share their observations of the public policy, cultural, and technical challenges and opportunities behind the Great Wall of China. The team observed a number of projects ranging in scale from small quality of life improvements through land engineering on a massive scale. The speakers will also share their insight into best practices for brownfield redevelopment for both the urban and rural setting, and compare brownfield planning and implementation approaches in USA with the practices observed in China.

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Antoon Thijs

    Environmental Remediation of LPG Storage Caverns at Petit Couronne in France

    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Former LPG storage caverns 500 feet below ground level were remediated through water filling and sealing of main shafts. The project saved over 140,000 miles of vehicles movements through stability ...

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    Environmental Remediation of LPG Storage Caverns at Petit Couronne in France

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 11:30 am
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Former LPG storage caverns 500 feet below ground level were remediated through water filling and sealing of main shafts. The project saved over 140,000 miles of vehicles movements through stability modeling and detailed groundwater modeling. This also reduced potential hazards and CO2.
    Speaker(s):
    Antoon Thijs

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    408 A

    Catalyzing Development in Tough Markets

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Many communities face tough challenges in rebuilding. The leaders of this session will share best practices and tricks of the trade in attracting development to tough markets. We will start with a 15 ...

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    Catalyzing Development in Tough Markets

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Many communities face tough challenges in rebuilding. The leaders of this session will share best practices and tricks of the trade in attracting development to tough markets. We will start with a 15 minute presentation identifying key strategies and then turn the session to the audience where we will help them develop strategies for overcoming the obstacles they face. This session will focus on changing the economics of a pro forma in a tough community. Different strategies will be revealed based on the position of the community in question. Examples will include: Gary, Indiana; Millinocket, Maine; Cottonwood, Idaho; Oakley, California; Dunkirk, NY and others. This will be a participatory session where community leaders are encouraged to bring their projects to the session.

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area A

    The State of Brownfields in Canada

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    To honor the 15th anniversary of an influential report published in 2003 by Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy entitled A National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy for ...

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    The State of Brownfields in Canada

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    To honor the 15th anniversary of an influential report published in 2003 by Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy entitled A National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy for Canada, the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) along with researchers from Ryerson University coordinated a multifaceted review to explore policy in different parts of the country, assess progress made towards achieving the report’s recommendations, identify current challenges, and recommend a path forward. Come and learn more about what the review found, where Canada is at, and what different stakeholders need to do in order to advance brownfields, as we review highlights and recommendations of the 2018 The State of Brownfields in Canada report.

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Josh Fout

    All Hands on Deck: Strategies for Navigating Unconventional Brownfields

    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    Pulaski County, Arkansas’ Brownfield team challenged the traditional definition of a brownfield by successfully negotiating the acceptance of a very unconventional project into the EPA’s ...

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    All Hands on Deck: Strategies for Navigating Unconventional Brownfields

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 02:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    Pulaski County, Arkansas' Brownfield team challenged the traditional definition of a brownfield by successfully negotiating the acceptance of a very unconventional project into the EPA's Brownfield Program...a tugboat. The session will share a fascinating overview of the the nation's first floating brownfield and her journey from surviving Pearl Harbor to final destination at North Little Rock, Arkansas. Participants will learn to identify several ways to redefine properties as brownfields, while leverage critical partnerships to gain support to complete their projects. The session will include a 5-minute video of the project and can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/304470799/472dac1683
    Speaker(s):
    Josh Fout

  • 12:45 pm - 01:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Leonard Farr

    Salvaging the Coos Bay Waterfront

    Learning Lounges
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    The City of Coos Bay has long had a desire to revitalize its Front Street Area waterfront. Recent private revitalization has created a parking shortage in the area. To support revitalization, the City ...

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    Salvaging the Coos Bay Waterfront

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:45 pm to 01:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    The City of Coos Bay has long had a desire to revitalize its Front Street Area waterfront. Recent private revitalization has created a parking shortage in the area. To support revitalization, the City is acquiring a brownfield that will be redeveloped as a surface parking lot. Several steps being taken by the City to cost effectively cleanup the property and minimize liability will be discussed in this session.
    Speaker(s):
    Leonard Farr

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    403 A

    Grants + Financing + Local Tools = Revitalization: Leveraging Resources to Achieve Community Goals

    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Quite simply, community revitalization is a numbers game. If you have the resources, redevelopment is possible. Various federal agencies and state departments can provide funding and loans for remediation, ...

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    Grants + Financing + Local Tools = Revitalization: Leveraging Resources to Achieve Community Goals

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Quite simply, community revitalization is a numbers game. If you have the resources, redevelopment is possible. Various federal agencies and state departments can provide funding and loans for remediation, infrastructure, economic development, arts and culture, park amenities, and other priorities. Private financers offer access to capital markets that can help fill project gaps. Local governments also possess a number of tools to advance restoration efforts. This session will coach communities on how to move beyond their EPA Brownfields support and put together comprehensive strategies that can help to bankroll revitalization initiatives.

  • 04:45 pm - 06:00 pm

    411

    Green Stormwater Infrastructure on Brownfields – Hands-on Clinic

    Engaging Ideation
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Are you interested in learning more about how brownfields can be utilized for Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) to support your community’s redevelopment and positively impact quality of life ...

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    Green Stormwater Infrastructure on Brownfields – Hands-on Clinic

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 06:00 pm
    411
    Engaging Ideation
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Are you interested in learning more about how brownfields can be utilized for Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) to support your community’s redevelopment and positively impact quality of life for local residents? This 75 minute clinic will provide a provide a fun and engaging hands-on experience that will inspire you to tackle the challenges of stormwater flooding using GSI on brownfields. Experts will explain the applications, techniques, and benefits of using GSI on any project site, including the challenges of implementing GSI on Brownfield Sites. During the guided exercise, participants will break into small think tanks, and each think tank will have an opportunity to design their own solution. Come to this session for a fun and engaging experience and soak up information on techniques and strategies for integrating GSI into your community's overall planning efforts.

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    409 A/B

    Outreach and Uplift: Brownfields as a Platform for STEM Education

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Compared to national averages, brownfield communities have higher rates of poverty, higher rates of minorities and higher rates of the population with less than a high school education. We have learned ...

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    Outreach and Uplift: Brownfields as a Platform for STEM Education

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    409 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Compared to national averages, brownfield communities have higher rates of poverty, higher rates of minorities and higher rates of the population with less than a high school education. We have learned that brownfield development can be a economic asset to the community but now also recognize that brownfields can be an educational asset. With a focus on middle and high school level STEM outreach, brownfields provide a platform to not only raise awareness about applied STEM fields but to also teach interdisciplinary problem solving skills and contribute to growing interest in citizen science. In this session we will identify existing programs; explore alternatives approach to student and teacher engagement, such as in-school or after-school programs; discuss synergistic partners such as libraries and boys and girls clubs; and assess the interest and potential roles of other stakeholders such as engineers, attorneys, contractors and community development groups.

  • 04:45 pm - 05:45 pm

    406 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    Suzi Ruhl, Dan French, Lori Gay

    Opportunity Zones and Environmental Justice: Making Magic and Overcoming Myths

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Opportunity zones (OZs) are hailed by some as a new powerful economic development tax incentive designed to encourage long-term private capital investment in America’s low-income communities. Others ...

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    Opportunity Zones and Environmental Justice: Making Magic and Overcoming Myths

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 05:45 pm
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Opportunity zones (OZs) are hailed by some as a new powerful economic development tax incentive designed to encourage long-term private capital investment in America’s low-income communities. Others scream gentrification and environmental injustice. Reality is in the face of the beholder—low income and minority communities living in designated opportunity zones who are overburdened with pollution and lacking access to essential services. Harvesting lessons from brownfields revitalization- which encountered and corrected the same charges in its early days- this session will drill down on cross section transactions involving OZs, brownfields and environmental justice. Leaders in brownfields redevelopment, environmental justice, and community economic revitalization will catalyze audience brainstorming on how to overcome the myths and help OZs advance the triple bottom line in low income communities who are also confronting pollution, disease, poverty and crime. To realize the magic of OZs, the presenters and audience will explore public/private partnership examples, produce promising practices on how developers and investors can best identify and engage environmental justice communities; identify other federal, private sector and philanthropic programs, incentives and resources that can be leveraged with OZs; and describe how to avoid gentrification and advance equitable development by collaborating with low income and minority communities.

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    411

    Project Visioning Round Robin

    Engaging Ideation
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    An interactive exercise where visions for a creative project in your community are created as a group conversation. Then each project is pitched in a round robin competition and winners are picked ...

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    Project Visioning Round Robin

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    411
    Engaging Ideation
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    An interactive exercise where visions for a creative project in your community are created as a group conversation. Then each project is pitched in a round robin competition and winners are picked to move forward. Ultimately ideas may be combined. At the end, two projects are pitched with the whole room deciding on the best idea. It’s a fun way to hear creative ideas for revitalizing a community.

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    403 B

    #lifechange: Environmental Career Worker Training Programs

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Two NIEHS-funded Environmental Career Worker Training programs in Los Angeles and Chicago will unpack their unique approaches to weaving together life-changing programming that simultaneously addresses ...

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    #lifechange: Environmental Career Worker Training Programs

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Two NIEHS-funded Environmental Career Worker Training programs in Los Angeles and Chicago will unpack their unique approaches to weaving together life-changing programming that simultaneously addresses environmental justice, workforce and renewable energy economic development. Leaders from Chicago and LA will describe their efforts to recruit women and people of color into the blooming solar PV sector as well as into construction trades and environmental remediation. The discussion will include strategies for high-impact job training programs on long-term community resiliency and will highlight remarkable success stories. Conference participants can expect to learn best-practices for effective training among low-resourced community members, strategies for collaboration and the specific role of renewable energy programming.

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Elizabeth Gilboy

    Where There's a Vision, There's Opportunity

    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    Dante’s extensive community engagement efforts have brought new life into this former coal camp, deep in the hills of southwest Virginia. Led by dedicated community volunteers, the Dante Community ...

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    Where There's a Vision, There's Opportunity

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 02:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    Dante's extensive community engagement efforts have brought new life into this former coal camp, deep in the hills of southwest Virginia. Led by dedicated community volunteers, the Dante Community Association has worked tirelessly for several years assembling a network of community, county, state, and collegiate partners to accelerate planning initiatives. Their efforts initially targeted two key brownfields, the Dante Depot and the former Arty Lee School, both of which had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect. The Community Design Assistance Center from Virginia Tech and Cardno, an environmental consultant, worked with the community to create a conceptual design of their vision, which has since been used to leverage over $635,000 to date.
    Speaker(s):
    Elizabeth Gilboy

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    408 B

    It's Not Easy Being Green (Even When it Should Be)

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The marriage of siting renewable energy projects on brownfields should be a “no brainer.” Contaminated property is redeveloped, climate change is combatted, and communities receive clean ...

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    It's Not Easy Being Green (Even When it Should Be)

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    408 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The marriage of siting renewable energy projects on brownfields should be a "no brainer." Contaminated property is redeveloped, climate change is combatted, and communities receive clean energy while returning unproductive properties back to the tax rolls. What's not to love? Even when all of the relevant stakeholders agree that placing renewable energy project on a brownfield is a good idea, the implementation of that good idea may meet with unanticipated resistance. Stakeholders who back a project is a good idea may have hesitation when it comes to implementing the project as unfamiliar issues come to light. Moreover, the financing of renewable energy projects can be complex, and lenders and equity partners may find a contaminated project site to be more than a prospective development deal can bear. Still, renewable energy projects on brownfields ARE worth doing, but proponents should go into them with their eyes open. This session will look at one example of renewable energy development on a brownfield -- the siting of a grid-scale solar project on an abandoned landfill in Wallingford, Connecticut. Though the project had the full support of various state agencies and an experienced deal team on board, there were several unanticipated hurdles that needed to be overcome for the project to be successful. Our panel will discuss those hurdles, how they were navigated, and what towns, states and developers can learn as they bring their own projects to completion.

  • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Sara Bals

    Best Practices for Successful Urban Redevelopment

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Brownfields redevelopment is expensive and not for the inexperienced community or developer. Urban environments often have high concentrations of complex environmental issues, geotechnical challenges, ...

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    Best Practices for Successful Urban Redevelopment

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Brownfields redevelopment is expensive and not for the inexperienced community or developer. Urban environments often have high concentrations of complex environmental issues, geotechnical challenges, community prerogatives, and increased construction costs. This presentation will focus on successful strategies for public-private partnerships working together to create a brownfield financing program to overcome the extra costs of redeveloping urban brownfield properties and eventually drive revitalization of communities. The presentation will discuss projects in metro Detroit that range in size from small corner lots to multi-billion dollar developments and explore how brownfields redevelopment is truly changing the landscape in this token rust-belt metropolis.
    Speaker(s):
    Sara Bals

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Karen Homolac

    Diverse Goals, Shared Outcomes – Cleanup For Flood Control

    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    Tillamook County, Oregon’s Southern Flow Corridor flood control project speaks strongly to the will, perseverance, and creativity of a rural community to build resiliency back into its environment. ...

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    Diverse Goals, Shared Outcomes – Cleanup For Flood Control

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:45 pm to 03:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    Tillamook County, Oregon's Southern Flow Corridor flood control project speaks strongly to the will, perseverance, and creativity of a rural community to build resiliency back into its environment. Overall, the project restored 520 acres of tidal wetlands creating one of the largest wetland restoration areas in the northwest and addressed the commercial, residential, and agricultural concerns and needs of the region. Cleanup of a former veneer mill site resulted in over 12,600 cubic yards of soils contaminated with substances hazardous to ecological receptors. A memorandum of agreement established roles and responsibilities for a 4-entity project team.
    Speaker(s):
    Karen Homolac

  • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Aric Jensen

    Reno: Converting Brownfields to Community Gold

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    The City of Reno is located between two high-tech business centers; the established silicon valley of northern California, and the emerging Tahoe Reno Industrial Center – which includes TESLA, ...

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    Reno: Converting Brownfields to Community Gold

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    The City of Reno is located between two high-tech business centers; the established silicon valley of northern California, and the emerging Tahoe Reno Industrial Center - which includes TESLA, Google, Switch, and Blockchains within its 100,000+ acre campus. While this might sound like an economic development dream come true, looks can be deceiving. Learn how Reno is redeveloping brownfields in its urban core to mitigate the challenges associated with rapid economic growth on its periphery.
    Speaker(s):
    Aric Jensen

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    502 A

    Here's How You Do It: Brownfields Reform That Works

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    This session features several of the nation’s leading environmental lawyers and brownfields redevelopment experts discussing key lessons learned from the American Bar Association SEER’s ...

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    Here's How You Do It: Brownfields Reform That Works

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    502 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    This session features several of the nation's leading environmental lawyers and brownfields redevelopment experts discussing key lessons learned from the American Bar Association SEER's Master Class on resolving complex environmental liabilities and brownfields. It's not that complicated to dramatically improve the nation's brownfields programs -- learn how!

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    502 A

    Legacy Brownfields: Corporate Leadership in Revitalizing Brownfields for Community Renewal

    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    This panel will highlight how a corporation can pro-actively clean up legacy contaminated sites and create new assets aligned with community priorities. Honeywell and RACER Trust (GM properties) will ...

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    Legacy Brownfields: Corporate Leadership in Revitalizing Brownfields for Community Renewal

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    502 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    This panel will highlight how a corporation can pro-actively clean up legacy contaminated sites and create new assets aligned with community priorities. Honeywell and RACER Trust (GM properties) will share case studies, detailing how cross-functional teams worked with communities, government agencies and elected officials to return properties to productive reuse. Contrary to “moth-balling”, both of these corporations have led the way in showing how leadership, multi-sector partnerships, innovative and forward-thinking cleanups, and stakeholder engagement can lead to transformative brownfield redevelopment projects. RACER Trust will provide a case study of the coordinated remediation, marketing, sale and redevelopment in partnership with local/state or federal government of a former GM property located in Livonia, Michigan which resulted in $160 MM in private investment, 1.5 MM SF of new construction and the creation of 1,000 new jobs. Honeywell will spotlight the role of public/private partnerships in its successful redevelopment of two properties. The first site is a 95 acre mixed use development that includes a high percentage of low and moderate income housing in a live, work, play environment in Jersey City, New Jersey. At a port property In Baltimore Maryland, Honeywell worked closely with EPA, City government, developers, financiers, commercial tenants, and residents to create a bold vision and to translate that vision into reality.

  • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Jennifer Kanalos

    City Modern in a Historic Neighborhood

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Detroit’s historic Brush Park Neighborhood, established in 1860 and once home to Victorian mansion lined streets, experienced depopulation leaving many vacant and blighted lots at the turn of this ...

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    City Modern in a Historic Neighborhood

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Detroit’s historic Brush Park Neighborhood, established in 1860 and once home to Victorian mansion lined streets, experienced depopulation leaving many vacant and blighted lots at the turn of this century. City Modern is an over $100M redevelopment of an 8.4 acre site in Brush Park, consisting of 43 vacant parcels and 4 historic structures most with blighted and/or environmental conditions, into a mixed-use, mixed income development. This learning lounge session will highlight the project specifics, including the completed projects City Modern to-date and the financial incentives used to bring this transformational redevelopment to fruition.
    Speaker(s):
    Jennifer Kanalos

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Rebecca Otte

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Communicating with Government Entities but Were Afraid to Ask

    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    It is more important than ever to effectively communicate with government partners involved in Brownfield projects. Getting a timely response from a government entity can mean the difference between ...

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    Everything You Wanted to Know About Communicating with Government Entities but Were Afraid to Ask

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 11:30 am
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    It is more important than ever to effectively communicate with government partners involved in Brownfield projects. Getting a timely response from a government entity can mean the difference between meeting or missing important project funding and real estate deadlines. At this session, Rebecca Otte, Brownfield Coordinator at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, will draw on her 20 years of experience as both an environmental consultant and managing a Brownfield Redevelopment Program at a government agency to provide implementable tips and insights to help improve communication and reduce response time.
    Speaker(s):
    Rebecca Otte

  • 04:45 pm - 05:45 pm

    408 B

    Community-Engaged Development: How Residents Can Guide Brownfield Redevelopment Decisions

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Much has been written about engaging communities in the planning activities targeting brownfields in low-income communities. Exciting brownfield revitalization plans have been developed that engage ...

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    Community-Engaged Development: How Residents Can Guide Brownfield Redevelopment Decisions

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 05:45 pm
    408 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Much has been written about engaging communities in the planning activities targeting brownfields in low-income communities. Exciting brownfield revitalization plans have been developed that engage communities in meaningful and important ways. Yet, funding and implementation decisions, together with the challenges of smaller, less desirable sites, often remains outside the purview of citizen engagement. Working with the Saint Louis Association of Community Organizations, we have designed a process that engages the neighborhood in prioritizing land banking decisions to encourage more equitable redevelopment. In this session, we will explore the challenges and potential for engaging community residents directly in the development process. How a community engages with funding and implementation priorities is critical for successful revitalization.

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Helena Healy

    EPA’s Superfund Task Force – Efforts to Promote Third-Party Investment in Contaminated Properties

    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    In 2017, EPA’s Superfund Task Force was created to provide recommendations on how the agency can, among other goals, reduce the burden on cooperating parties, encourage private investment in cleanups, ...

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    EPA’s Superfund Task Force – Efforts to Promote Third-Party Investment in Contaminated Properties

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 11:30 am
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    In 2017, EPA’s Superfund Task Force was created to provide recommendations on how the agency can, among other goals, reduce the burden on cooperating parties, encourage private investment in cleanups, and promote the revitalization of properties across the country. The Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE) took the lead on developing and implementing a number of these recommendations with a focus on supporting innovative approaches to promote third-party investment in cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties. The OSRE-led recommendations included efforts to update EPAs position on the use of site-specific agreements with third parties at NPL sites, provide greater “comfort” in EPA-issued Superfund comfort/status letters, and enhance EPA’s web content to include relevant information regarding enforcement tools and approaches that have supported third-party cleanup and reuse. In this learning lounge session, participants will hear about EPA efforts to improve third-party investment outcomes through a clarified approach to site-specific settlement agreements, the issuance of a revised Comfort/Status Letter Policy, and an enhancement of EPAs Superfund cleanup enforcement web content. This session will also examine recent updates to the Revitalization Handbook, which summarizes the federal statutory provisions and EPA policy and guidance documents that address the potential liability concerns of parties involved in the cleanup and revitalization of contaminated sites.
    Speaker(s):
    Helena Healy

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    409 A/B

    Citizen Science and Brownfields: Examining the Intersections and Opportunities

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Local communities can deepen their participation in environmental decision making by leveraging citizen science. This session will bring a variety of perspectives to examine the experiences and opportunities ...

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    Citizen Science and Brownfields: Examining the Intersections and Opportunities

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    409 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Local communities can deepen their participation in environmental decision making by leveraging citizen science. This session will bring a variety of perspectives to examine the experiences and opportunities to use citizen science in brownfields.

  • 05:15 pm - 05:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Jackie Koney

    All Roads Lead to Vicksburg

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Hear the story of the public/private partnership that is saving the former Lee Paper Company mill, in Vicksburg, Michigan, from the wrecking ball. Come learn about the transparency, cooperation and ...

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    All Roads Lead to Vicksburg

    Thursday, December 12, from 05:15 pm to 05:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Hear the story of the public/private partnership that is saving the former Lee Paper Company mill, in Vicksburg, Michigan, from the wrecking ball. Come learn about the transparency, cooperation and dialog that is transforming over 400,000 square feet of blight into a music, event, and manufacturing destination that will serve as a community hub and drive the revitalization of this town of 3,200 people.
    Speaker(s):
    Jackie Koney

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    408 B

    Paths and Approaches for Successful Brownfield Redevelopment: State Programs Stretch Their Wings

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    While EPA provides the framework from which all of our brownfield programs spring, each state and territory faces a difference set of economic, social and environmental issues that often impact how ...

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    Paths and Approaches for Successful Brownfield Redevelopment: State Programs Stretch Their Wings

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    408 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    While EPA provides the framework from which all of our brownfield programs spring, each state and territory faces a difference set of economic, social and environmental issues that often impact how a program evolves and works over time. This panel discussion, brought to you by the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO), features state practitioners that will highlight some of those evolutions including new approaches to area wide redevelopment, drifting away from traditional voluntary cleanup programs (VCPs), ways of approaching petroleum eligibility and pushes to create affordable housing options.

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    404 A/B

    Connecting Cleanup of Brownfields for Affordable Housing

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Communities of all sizes across the country are struggling to meet the urgent need for affordable housing. Brownfield sites are often well-positioned for affordable housing due to their proximity to ...

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    Connecting Cleanup of Brownfields for Affordable Housing

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Communities of all sizes across the country are struggling to meet the urgent need for affordable housing. Brownfield sites are often well-positioned for affordable housing due to their proximity to transit and other services, but site cleanup costs coupled with the public subsidies needed for affordable units make achieving this incredibly challenging. This session will highlight innovative strategies to repurpose brownfield sites for affordable housing from financing and capital, to leveraging other public resources. Government and developer perspectives will set the stage. Then we want to hear from you. What’s working in your communities? Is it replicable? How can we organize to move the needle on this issue going forward? Come prepared to share your success stories and best practices and to learn and network with your peers from around the country.

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    404 A/B

    Community Financed Revitalization – Investment Crowdfunding

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Investment crowdfunding can help communities finance projects, put regular people in positions of strength, and realize development that might otherwise not occur. Brownfield professionals can use this ...

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    Community Financed Revitalization – Investment Crowdfunding

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Investment crowdfunding can help communities finance projects, put regular people in positions of strength, and realize development that might otherwise not occur. Brownfield professionals can use this new tool to leverage investment, redevelopment, and stronger communities.

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    502 B

    Knowing is Half the Battle - Creating Publicly Accessible Portals to Share Brownfield Information

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities

     

    Creating Publicly Accessible Portals to Share Brownfield Information: Healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities start with the fundamental building block of knowledge. Lack of knowledge of environmental ...

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    Knowing is Half the Battle - Creating Publicly Accessible Portals to Share Brownfield Information

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    502 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    Creating Publicly Accessible Portals to Share Brownfield Information: Healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities start with the fundamental building block of knowledge. Lack of knowledge of environmental conditions at a property can be a barrier to effective redevelopment planning. Several states across the nation are using databases to increase transparency using innovative inventories and GIS systems to share information on sites under regulatory oversight. These public access portals are used widely by interested community members and industry professionals alike to address a variety of information needs. Learn about the database platforms being used by California and New York, the setup and carrying costs, and how making this information available has contributed to the brownfield dialogue.

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    403 A

    Assessing for Trust: Building Community Confidence through Targeted Environmental Sampling

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Environmental regulators have responsible charge of ensuring that environmental contamination has been addressed effectively and thoroughly, and the brownfield is safe for the proposed reuse. However, ...

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    Assessing for Trust: Building Community Confidence through Targeted Environmental Sampling

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Environmental regulators have responsible charge of ensuring that environmental contamination has been addressed effectively and thoroughly, and the brownfield is safe for the proposed reuse. However, what do environmental regulators do when a community is not accepting of decisions based on scientific data? This panel will address difficulties with communicating scientific principles to the public, and breaking with science to build community trust. The panel will provide examples of when targeted sampling was conducted primarily to increase community confidence and trust in the both the regulatory decision-making process and in the future safety of site end-users.

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    403 B

    Building a Green Future: Community Transformation through Renewable Energy and Workforce Development

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Brownfields discussions often begin with a focus on real estate – the costs, constraints and planning involved. However, there is also a very tangible human-capital side to this discussion. Brownfields ...

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    Building a Green Future: Community Transformation through Renewable Energy and Workforce Development

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Brownfields discussions often begin with a focus on real estate – the costs, constraints and planning involved. However, there is also a very tangible human-capital side to this discussion. Brownfields redevelopment – specifically, the workforce with credentials to work on contaminated sites – is an entry point for changing lives and changing communities most impacted by brownfields. Two workforce development examples from the San Francisco Bay Area demonstrate how community partnerships with innovative renewable energy companies are building a brighter, more sustainable future. The renewable energy projects vary from residential rooftop solar to 10.5 megawatt commercial solar installations. Come learn about the process, leadership and success of these efforts and why all communities should consider their latent human capital an essential resource in brownfields redevelopment.

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    408 A

    Lead (Pb) Lingers: Addressing Legacy Lead Impacts through Science, Policy and Community Engagement

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Many communities struggle to address lead in residential environments. Lead, and other heavy metals, often come from legacy sources, such as chipped paint on pre-1978 structures, historic pollution ...

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    Lead (Pb) Lingers: Addressing Legacy Lead Impacts through Science, Policy and Community Engagement

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Many communities struggle to address lead in residential environments. Lead, and other heavy metals, often come from legacy sources, such as chipped paint on pre-1978 structures, historic pollution from leaded gas, or industrial sources. Importantly, children exposed to lead can have health problems. While many people rightly think of risk from lead paint and drinking water inside of homes, there is less awareness of the soil outside. This session will focus on collaborative projects that use science, policy and community engagement to identify and address lead contamination in soil.

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    409 A/B

    Don't Forget About Me - The Critical Role Environmental Contractors Play in Brownfields Redevelopment

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    So you want to redevelop a brownfield? You’ve probably already selected an expert developer, a savvy attorney, a knowledgeable real estate broker, and a highly-reputable environmental consultant…but ...

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    Don't Forget About Me - The Critical Role Environmental Contractors Play in Brownfields Redevelopment

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    409 A/B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    So you want to redevelop a brownfield? You've probably already selected an expert developer, a savvy attorney, a knowledgeable real estate broker, and a highly-reputable environmental consultant...but is your amazing environmental contractor at the table, too? If not, we should be. Right from the start. Environmental contractors play an incredibly critical role in overall brownfield redevelopment, but too often don't become involved in a project until much later in the remediation process. Imagine now your results from engaging remediation contractors at the very beginning of the redevelopment process -- who are vested in and work collaboratively as a true partner in the overall project from the start -- to ensure a successful site revitalization that ultimately benefits all stakeholders directly involved in the project. In this town meeting conversation, you'll hear from and have the opportunity to engage with true industry experts in remediation contracting with a combined 150+ years of experience in tackling some of the most challenging brownfield redevelopment projects around the country. From tips and insights on remediation strategy, best available technology, redevelopment efficiency, and cost-saving ideas, to down-and-dirty "tell it like it is" advice on navigating complicated cleanups, don't miss your chance to learn from some of the best contracting partners in the industry.

  • 04:45 pm - 05:45 pm

    408 A

    Bank Those Brownfields!

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Learn land banking tactics for brownfields revitalization! Land banks are critical revitalization assets to the communities they serve because they accept, manage and reposition vacant, foreclosed and ...

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    Bank Those Brownfields!

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 05:45 pm
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Learn land banking tactics for brownfields revitalization! Land banks are critical revitalization assets to the communities they serve because they accept, manage and reposition vacant, foreclosed and blighted properties. Hear how an established land bank authority from Ohio and a newly-formed brownfields land bank from Oregon tackle the specific challenges involved in bringing brownfield properties back into the community as revitalized sites. We’ll discuss important business model considerations and brownfields-specific strategies for site acquisition, liability protection, clearing title, reuse planning, paying for assessment and remediation, site repositioning and sale. The approaches used by these land banks are useful to any community with brownfield sites!

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    502 B

    Emerging Risks: Due Diligence Update

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    Critical to every successful brownfields redevelopment project is a robust site assessment that identifies various risks that could give rise to liability, change project costs, or impact property end ...

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    Emerging Risks: Due Diligence Update

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    502 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    Critical to every successful brownfields redevelopment project is a robust site assessment that identifies various risks that could give rise to liability, change project costs, or impact property end use. Brownfields redevelopment is further challenged by emerging issues not yet fully understood, such as PFAS and other chemicals of concern, and climate risks, including coastal resiliency, floodplains, and water availability. This panel of lawyers will discuss how to assess, measure, and manage these emerging risks together with the traditional risks inherent in brownfields redevelopment and will examine how ASTM and EPA are reacting to this evolution, with emphasis on how public private partnerships and thoughtful collaboration between regulators, developers, and other stakeholders can be optimized throughout the process to ensure project success.

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Stephen Brower

    The Re-birth of an Area Icon

    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    A 53-acre site in Reading, Pennsylvania was formerly an active manufacturing facility that comprised over 750,000 square feet and employed over 6,000 people. The Site has undergone two reincarnations ...

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    The Re-birth of an Area Icon

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    A 53-acre site in Reading, Pennsylvania was formerly an active manufacturing facility that comprised over 750,000 square feet and employed over 6,000 people. The Site has undergone two reincarnations since its manufacturing heyday. In 1970, due to declining operations, the facility was converted to one of the nation’s first outlet malls (VF Outlets). More recently, the Site has experienced a second transformation involving office space, manufacturing, and continued retail operations. This latest transformation could not have happened without State, local, and private cooperation.
    Speaker(s):
    Stephen Brower

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    404 A/B

    Redevelopment for Homeless Populations

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    Homelessness and people living day to day on the streets in places large and small is a national problem. During this roundtable sessions participants will discuss strategies for weaving together policies ...

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    Redevelopment for Homeless Populations

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    Homelessness and people living day to day on the streets in places large and small is a national problem. During this roundtable sessions participants will discuss strategies for weaving together policies and programs for mitigating homelessness through innovations in community benefit reuses of former commercial sites as well as the challenges of managing vacant properties where homeless people may reside or gather. The outcome of this session will be an article to be published by ICMA.

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Steve Gill, Jon Munkers

    Solutions for Small Town Senior Housing Via EPA Land Revitalization

    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    For over 50 years, Prairie Elementary School served the small town of Cottonwood well. In 2010, the school closed due to dwindling enrollment. With a population of only 1.9 persons per square mile, ...

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    Solutions for Small Town Senior Housing Via EPA Land Revitalization

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 02:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    For over 50 years, Prairie Elementary School served the small town of Cottonwood well. In 2010, the school closed due to dwindling enrollment. With a population of only 1.9 persons per square mile, Idaho County is the definition of rural. Projections show little overall population growth in the near term except for the 65+ age group, which is anticipated to increase by 30%. After years of trying unsuccessfully to sell the school, the community requested IDEQ’s Brownfields Program assist with a site assessment. Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) found during the assessment further reduced the likelihood that the school would sell. Cottonwood appealed to EPA Region 10’s Land Revitalization Technical Assistance Team to evaluate reuse options for the school. During the March 2017 assistance outreach, many people mentioned that senior housing is limited and typically has a waitlist. In late 2017, IDEQ committed $109,000 in state response grant funds to abate ACMs, reducing the cost for reuse and providing an incentive for buyers. In 2018, the school was purchased by local business owners who had participated in the EPA technical assistance. Today they are repurposing the school for senior housing.
    Speaker(s):
    Steve Gill Jon Munkers

  • 04:45 pm - 05:45 pm

    502 A

    EIFDs as Brownfield Solutions and Recommendations to Bolster their Effectiveness

    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: How Do We Leverage Financing to Foster Economic and Community Redevelopment and Revitalization?

     

    The Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) law provides broad authority and flexibility for local agencies to use tax increment to finance a wide variety of projects, including Brownfield ...

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    EIFDs as Brownfield Solutions and Recommendations to Bolster their Effectiveness

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 05:45 pm
    502 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: How Do We Leverage Financing to Foster Economic and Community Redevelopment and Revitalization?
    The Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) law provides broad authority and flexibility for local agencies to use tax increment to finance a wide variety of projects, including Brownfield redevelopment. This panel will present an overview of EIFDs, discuss the enhancements and provide an opportunity for interactive Q&A. The applicability of similar tools at a national level will also be discussed. Governor Newsom's goal of increasing housing production 7-fold over what was built in the past 7 years will require massive resources and new partnerships. This panel will help attendees understand EIFDs and envision a path forward.

  • 05:15 pm - 05:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Sam Saieed

    Regional Placemaking Through Brownfield Redevelopment - Brownfields Hiding in Plain Sight

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    The Southeast Tennessee Development District (aka-Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Governments) was awarded an EPA Coalition Assessment Grant in May 2015, covering ten counties in SETDD Region. ...

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    Regional Placemaking Through Brownfield Redevelopment - Brownfields Hiding in Plain Sight

    Thursday, December 12, from 05:15 pm to 05:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    The Southeast Tennessee Development District (aka-Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Governments) was awarded an EPA Coalition Assessment Grant in May 2015, covering ten counties in SETDD Region. Brownfield Coalition sites were identified by public input and prioritized based on: redevelopment potential, proximity to population centers, ability of a redeveloped site to become an asset to local community. The speaker will highlight five Subject Properties which were assessed and redeveloped with these grant funds covering a wide-range of both rural and urban rural settings in southeast Tennessee.
    Speaker(s):
    Sam Saieed

  • 05:15 pm - 05:45 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Frank McLaughlin

    Brownfield Success Story of Long-Term Community Engagement

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Long-term effective community engagement is a necessary but underappreciated component to successful brownfield redevelopment and for the revitalization of distressed neighborhoods. Through an area-wide ...

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    Brownfield Success Story of Long-Term Community Engagement

    Thursday, December 12, from 05:15 pm to 05:45 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Long-term effective community engagement is a necessary but underappreciated component to successful brownfield redevelopment and for the revitalization of distressed neighborhoods. Through an area-wide brownfield planning approach that emphasized community engagement, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, with support of the US Environmental Protection Agency, began working with the Cramer Hill stakeholders of Camden in 2003 to tackle the largest contaminated site in the city, the 85-acre Harrison Avenue Landfill. Through continuous, transparent and iterative community engagement, Cramer Hill stakeholders started with a $200,000 EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant that evolved into a 24-acre landfill closure for a 120,000-square foot Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center and the current remediation for a 62-acre waterfront park that will be opened April 2021. Brownfield and landfill reclamation projects of this magnitude are only possible with true and continuous community engagement, and with dedicated support from state and federal agencies who generously provided technical support and resources to make this challenging site a nationally-recognized success. The presentation will share the secrets of long-term successful community engagement from both the non-profit and government sectors, and provide a new placed-based model that memorializes this innovative way to engage local communities through the Community Collaborative Initiative.
    Speaker(s):
    Frank McLaughlin

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Mel Pins

    Repowering a Contaminated Site Renews a Community

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    For more than 30 years the City of Dubuque, Iowa, a city of 60,000, was stymied by a former industrial landfill that sat right in the middle of its downtown. Federal EPA environmental covenants prevented ...

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    Repowering a Contaminated Site Renews a Community

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:45 pm to 03:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    For more than 30 years the City of Dubuque, Iowa, a city of 60,000, was stymied by a former industrial landfill that sat right in the middle of its downtown. Federal EPA environmental covenants prevented redevelopment on the site, yet the City sought a way to find a reuse that could add to the community character, and the City's sustainability goals for brownfield and infill development. Find out how Dubuque leverage its partnerships with local businesses, utility companies, and their state regulatory agency, to end up successfully advocating for the EPA to amend the landfill covenent, allowing for the installation of a 6-acre solar array, as a flagship project for reuse, redevelopment, and repowering a community!
    Speaker(s):
    Mel Pins

  • 12:45 pm - 01:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Anne Wallace

    From Blighted Brownfields to Big Bucks

    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    This session will highlight the journey that the City of Knoxville has experienced with EPA Assessment Grants and the asset that they can be in revitalizing brownfield properties. We will look at two ...

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    From Blighted Brownfields to Big Bucks

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:45 pm to 01:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    This session will highlight the journey that the City of Knoxville has experienced with EPA Assessment Grants and the asset that they can be in revitalizing brownfield properties. We will look at two specific examples; one private and one public that have set the stage for more than $180,000,000 of investment in a part of town that had once been overlooked.
    Speaker(s):
    Anne Wallace

  • 04:45 pm - 05:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Marita Stollenwerk

    Brownfields and Non-Profits – Partnering to Support Intergenerational Care

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Thirty-five years ago, the St. Ann Center was developed on Milwaukee’s south side as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi to provide intergenerational care for children, adults with ...

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    Brownfields and Non-Profits – Partnering to Support Intergenerational Care

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 05:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Thirty-five years ago, the St. Ann Center was developed on Milwaukee’s south side as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi to provide intergenerational care for children, adults with dementia, and adults of all ages with physical and cognitive disabilities. In 2014, St. Ann Center purchased the future home of the north side location for $1 from the City of Milwaukee. Despite soil impacts from historical site uses and previously imported urban fill, the St. Ann Center became the first non-profit awardee of an US EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant and successfully developed this location. This session will discuss work completed by the St. Ann Center in collaborating with residents, local church congregations, businesses and community development groups to design the facility and how working with the City, State and Federal funding sources made this project possible.
    Speaker(s):
    Marita Stollenwerk

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    406 A/B

    The Smart Cities of the Future

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities

     

    Communities around the world are exploring the use of data, technology, AI, machine learning, and more to deliver better and more efficient local services. Where is the intersection with economic redevelopment, ...

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    The Smart Cities of the Future

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    Communities around the world are exploring the use of data, technology, AI, machine learning, and more to deliver better and more efficient local services. Where is the intersection with economic redevelopment, and creating more sustainable communities? Join this roundtable to explore ideas for leveraging smart city approaches for brownfields redevelopment.

  • 04:45 pm - 05:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Lyric Kelkar

    Ready for Adoption: City of LA's Adopt A Lot Pilot Program

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    The City of Los Angeles is working with a non-profit coalition called Free Lots Angeles (FLA) on the on Adopt A Lot (AAL) pilot program that will re-imagine the potential of vacant lots as productive ...

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    Ready for Adoption: City of LA's Adopt A Lot Pilot Program

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 05:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    The City of Los Angeles is working with a non-profit coalition called Free Lots Angeles (FLA) on the on Adopt A Lot (AAL) pilot program that will re-imagine the potential of vacant lots as productive community assets, promote community interaction and cohesion through the use and stewardship of public space, enhance environmental quality and improve quality of life, and maximize the use of public land for public benefit. The City’s Brownfields Program is providing environmental clearance by conducting due diligence and delivering science communication to all the partners to ensure the sites are safe. Attendees will learn how the City is collaborating with non-profits to ensure a succcessful program, as well as how non-profits are engaging the local community to 'adopt' vacant, underutilized lots to transform them into community assets.
    Speaker(s):
    Lyric Kelkar

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    411

    Transformation: Come Learn How South LA Has Created the “Destination Crenshaw"

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    “Destination Crenshaw” is a future 1.3 mile long outdoor art and cultural experience located along the iconic Crenshaw Boulevard in south Los Angeles. It will serve as a canvas and anchor for public ...

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    Transformation: Come Learn How South LA Has Created the “Destination Crenshaw"

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    411
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    “Destination Crenshaw” is a future 1.3 mile long outdoor art and cultural experience located along the iconic Crenshaw Boulevard in south Los Angeles. It will serve as a canvas and anchor for public art and streetscape design that will be built for, by, and in honor of Crenshaw community—the largest black community west of the Mississippi River. This project is being led by renowned architectural firm Perkins+Will, and the project will include community gathering spaces, parks, landscape and streetscape improvements, and hundreds of locations for commissioned artwork. For decades this area has been pledged with blighted land. Through the transformation of the Destination Crenshaw project, it will highlight the work of local artists and community members, alongside world-renowned artists. This is a demonstration of how engaging the local community can transform a blighted area into a visually pleasing work of art.

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    411

    Everything Under the Sun - Brownfields to Brightfields!

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Interested in solar development for your brownfields, landfills, or other contaminated sites? This panel of solar experts will address the latest trends in solar, the growing demand for solar sites, ...

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    Everything Under the Sun - Brownfields to Brightfields!

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:15 pm to 03:15 pm
    411
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Interested in solar development for your brownfields, landfills, or other contaminated sites? This panel of solar experts will address the latest trends in solar, the growing demand for solar sites, how solar intersects with brownfields redevelopment, and details of successful brightfields redevelopment projects from across the US. The panel will discuss all the steps involved in developing solar projects and the special economic and environmental benefits realized by building solar arrays on brownfields. There will be time for questions to help initiate potential brightfields projects.

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    408 B

    Using Existing Cultural Assets to Leverage Economic Sustainability

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Every city has cultural assets – they might be hidden or need a little dusting off – but they exist in cities large and small. Learn how to identify and harness your culture assets to attract ...

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    Using Existing Cultural Assets to Leverage Economic Sustainability

    Thursday, December 12, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    408 B
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Every city has cultural assets - they might be hidden or need a little dusting off - but they exist in cities large and small. Learn how to identify and harness your culture assets to attract cultural tourist, create jobs, promote sustained economic development and increase tax revenues. Americans for the Arts' Social Explorer (Americansforthearts.org/socialexplorer) identifies 26 different topics which the arts authentically partners with for economic growth and sustainability. These topics include the obvious - arts education - but also topics such as arts in health care, arts in juvenile justice reform or aging in place through the arts. Hear from national experts on how to harness the arts for economic growth whether you are a city of 2,500 or 3 million.

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Rebecca Wells-Albers

    Community-led Landfill Transformation – Construimos Cully Park!

    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    With support from state, local, and federal agencies, the Cully neighborhood created a new model for community redevelopment of a brownfield. Verde, a local non-profit, formed a public-private partnership ...

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    Community-led Landfill Transformation – Construimos Cully Park!

    Thursday, December 12, from 02:45 pm to 03:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    With support from state, local, and federal agencies, the Cully neighborhood created a new model for community redevelopment of a brownfield. Verde, a local non-profit, formed a public-private partnership to leverage funds from over 40 public agencies, community organizations, foundations, and corporate sponsors to support the redevelopment. Learn about the community-led transformation of a 25-acre landfill into a public park.
    Speaker(s):
    Rebecca Wells-Albers

  • 04:45 pm - 05:15 pm

    515 A/B, Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Matt Ashby

    Redeveloping a Sense of Place: Using Storytelling as the Framework for your Brownfield Project

    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Ours is a traditional small town nestled in the heart of the mountains. This place, founded by men who stole an entire train depot overnight, is still alive and well with its downtown brewery, restored ...

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    Redeveloping a Sense of Place: Using Storytelling as the Framework for your Brownfield Project

    Thursday, December 12, from 04:45 pm to 05:15 pm
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Ours is a traditional small town nestled in the heart of the mountains. This place, founded by men who stole an entire train depot overnight, is still alive and well with its downtown brewery, restored historic movie theater, and restaurants, thanks to the success of our brownfield initiative. Identifying the “vibe" of a community and weaving it into a story is critical for broad-based support for any type of redevelopment project. Because, storytelling activates people’s imaginations. Brownfields often sit vacant because they’re a daunting and complex; easier to be ignored. A vivid storytelling campaign that uses primary resources, first person accounts, and visual assets that demonstrate both the past AND future of a site as part of a narrative can catalyze community involvement in the redevelopment process. Better stories behind our brownfields trigger progress, elicit better partnerships, and give us better outcomes. A community that gets emotionally invested in a catalyst site or district will get their hands a little dirty and go the extra mile, and we’re ultimately left with revitalized sites that are a reflection and celebration of a real community. This session will discuss tapping into the heart and soul of a community to identify its vibe through effective public engagement, writing your brownfield project into a storyline by revitalizing an authentic sense of place, and centering your redevelopment project around your community's narrative vibe.
    Speaker(s):
    Matt Ashby

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    403 A

    Public Private Partnerships At Work: The Kalaeloa Partnership Model

    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    Large scale redevelopment is a lengthy and complex process and there are continual shifts in partnerships, regulatory requirements, stakeholders, environmental, and infrastructure issues. This session ...

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    Public Private Partnerships At Work: The Kalaeloa Partnership Model

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    Large scale redevelopment is a lengthy and complex process and there are continual shifts in partnerships, regulatory requirements, stakeholders, environmental, and infrastructure issues. This session will discuss the diverse public private partnerships (PPP’s) that Hunt Companies has entered into for the redevelopment of 540 acres of the former Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, Hawaii; now Kalaeloa. The initial public private partnership is with the U.S. Navy for the transfer of property in 2008. As the development program has evolved, new PPPs at all levels of government have been required. To date, the PPP’s include: •Privatized Remediation – Hunt is working with Weston Solutions, Inc. to remediate the site on behalf of the Navy under the existing lease; •Community Development – in partnership with the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) , Hunt and HCDA have worked to develop the zoning, subdivision requirements and easements district wide; •Utility Privatization – working with a Hawaii Water and the Navy, Hunt is working to upgrade and replace the World War II generation water and wastewater systems; •Renewable Energy Park: Partnering with Hanwa, Scatec Solar North America, and Swinerton Renewable Energy, the partnership developed the largest solar energy generation facilities on Oahu; Attendees will have the chance to discuss the changing PPP model and why flexibility is the most important element in creating meaningful partnerships.

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    403 B

    Reuse of Soil and Fill for Environmental and Community Benefit

    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Excavations in the course of cleanup sometimes remove clean soil and fill as well as more heavily contaminated material. What is being done to ensure that these materials are sustainably reused? The ...

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    Reuse of Soil and Fill for Environmental and Community Benefit

    Thursday, December 12, from 12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Excavations in the course of cleanup sometimes remove clean soil and fill as well as more heavily contaminated material. What is being done to ensure that these materials are sustainably reused? The New York City Clean Soil Bank is helping capital projects, community gardeners, and cleanup program participants efficiently share local resources and reduce truck emissions. Learn about efforts and regulations in New York and California that promote beneficial reuse.
  • Friday, December 13


  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    403 B

    Afterglow: B2H-Natural Disasters Driving Resiliency in Environmental Justice Communities

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The impact of natural disasters on low-income and minority populations is exacerbated by decades of environmental and social injustice. Response, recovery and preparedness present unique opportunities ...

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    Afterglow: B2H-Natural Disasters Driving Resiliency in Environmental Justice Communities

    Friday, December 13, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The impact of natural disasters on low-income and minority populations is exacerbated by decades of environmental and social injustice. Response, recovery and preparedness present unique opportunities to advance sustainability initiatives and build greater resiliency in environmental justice communities. The afterglow of Hurricane Harvey provoked a search for innovative solutions for site cleanup and redevelopment which mitigate flooding, keep contaminated floodwaters out of environmental justice communities and connect them to essential services. In response, EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice launched Disaster Brownfields to Healthfields (B2H) in Houston as an environmental justice strategy for equitable disaster recovery and preparedness to protect environment and health in effected communities. In collaboration with community nonprofits, municipal brownfields programs, and government agencies, B2H partners conducted environmental and health education, identified flood prone parcels, engaged health and faith-based organizations, and connected community leaders to Federal agencies for place-based projects. B2H was launched in 2018 to assist environmental justice communities in the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. This session will describe Disaster B2H’s architecture, giving participants promising practices for engaging impacted populations, incorporating health considerations into disaster recovery and brownfields redevelopment, and hazard mitigation.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    408 A

    A Walk of Fame: Environmental Justice Stars’ Funding Vibe on the I-710/Lower Los Angeles River

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Thriving with community cohesion yet burdened with pollution and poverty, low income communities of color living in the I-710/ Lower LA River Corridor (connecting the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles ...

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    A Walk of Fame: Environmental Justice Stars’ Funding Vibe on the I-710/Lower Los Angeles River

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Thriving with community cohesion yet burdened with pollution and poverty, low income communities of color living in the I-710/ Lower LA River Corridor (connecting the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the Nation) are blessed with community environmental justice champions. They are stars in leveraging resources to remediate and redevelop contaminated sites into uses that foster community health, environment and economic vitality. Applying building blocks of EPA EJ Showcase Communities, Urban Waters Partnership in the Los Angeles River Watershed, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Development programming, and East Yard Environmental Justice Coalition’s B2H initiative, the community stars are transforming depressed neighborhoods into vibrant communities. They produce master lists of contaminated sites and show proximity to essential services, conduct brownfields bicycle tours, support corridor initiatives to clean up Underground Storage Tanks, develop planning and financial tools for revitalization of brownfields, plan an active transportation route to connect underserved communities to their places of work, and share insights on overcoming funding challenges with other similar port communities through the Moving Forward Network. These environmental justice stars will catalyze a dynamic discussion that involves the full cast of players to share lessons learned, promising practices, case examples, roster of resources, and methods for replicating success.

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Ryan Peterson

    Revitalization With A Little Help From GIS

    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities

     

    The City of Burlington has been working to revitalize its downtown through redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties for more than a decade. While the quality of the building stock in downtown ...

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    Revitalization With A Little Help From GIS

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:00 am
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    The City of Burlington has been working to revitalize its downtown through redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties for more than a decade. While the quality of the building stock in downtown Burlington is exceptional and boasts many historic buildings, several properties have environmental conditions that have limited redevelopment. In order to make informed decisions on how to best allocate grant funds, an existing conditions of the study area was completed to determine potential catalyst sites for redevelopment. We used ESRI’s ArcGIS Collector and Survey123 applications to gather data on the study area. An assessment team walked the study area with tablets and entered data on individual sites using a form-based survey. A total of 267 properties were surveyed and the data was available in real time on an interactive map. Multiple photos of the structures and streetscapes were also taken and uploaded through the survey form. The data collected from the survey included: Current Land Use, Building Materials/Condition, Accessibility, Visible Hazardous Materials or Chemical Storage, Sidewalk Condition, Parking Availability, Street Lighting and Type and Businesses. The assessment data was uploaded to an online interactive map that showed the results of the assessment. The interactive map was designed to be public, so it was accessible to anyone with a link and was posted to the project’s website (www.burlingtonbrownfields.com).
    Speaker(s):
    Ryan Peterson

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    408 A

    Brownfields Policy Breakdown with the National Brownfields Coalition

    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    New York University Professor Barry Hersh wrote in 2018 that “Brownfield redevelopment has now become a movement,” and this town meeting is your invitation to join it. Don’t let public policy ...

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    Brownfields Policy Breakdown with the National Brownfields Coalition

    Friday, December 13, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    408 A
    Town Meeting Conversations
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    New York University Professor Barry Hersh wrote in 2018 that “Brownfield redevelopment has now become a movement,” and this town meeting is your invitation to join it. Don’t let public policy puzzle you -- in this session, you’ll hear what’s happening in D.C. from the people who live and breathe it every day. Get an update on what's happening in the nation's capital as experts provide the latest information on brownfield policy and related developments. We’ll go beyond the usual discussion of brownfield funding to explore how the wider world of public policy is impacting land reuse, covering transportation and TOD, the tax bill, Opportunity Zones, infrastructure, and more. Being a savvy brownfields practitioner requires a knowledge of public policy and how it works, and this session is your invitation to take your knowledge of the field to a new level. In addition to providing policy updates, speakers will facilitate discussions on opportunities for bipartisan progress, with an emphasis on the activities of the National Brownfields Coalition, a group of public and private sector practitioners who track and participate in national brownfields policy conversations. Until you know the policy story, you won't have the full picture. Join this conversation to get educated about public policy and start thinking about your brownfield redevelopment work and the money that funds it in a whole new way.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    502 B

    Riverbank Renewable Redevelopment: Transitioning from Bullets to a Biorefinery

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The community of Riverbank, California struggled with double digit unemployment after the closure of the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant, a base closure under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure. ...

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    Riverbank Renewable Redevelopment: Transitioning from Bullets to a Biorefinery

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    502 B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The community of Riverbank, California struggled with double digit unemployment after the closure of the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant, a base closure under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure. The Riverbank Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) created a sustainable vision for the redevelopment of this NPL site, and implemented that vision by attracting and retaining green industrial jobs to this former munitions production facility. In 2018, the Riverbank LRA solicited proposals for a master developer and selected Aemetis, Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company. Aemetis, leveraging the unique location and site assets, is siting a new biorefinery at the site. The proposed Riverbank plant is designed to convert orchard, forest and other biomass waste into cellulosic ethanol with below zero carbon emissions. Groundbreaking on this $125M dollar program is anticipated mid 2019.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    404 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    Gary White, Zack Guignardi

    Brownfields to Hempfields

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    One of the most underrated aspects of industrial hemp is its use for land reclamation and remediation. With the combination of brilliant minds and this type of vision for hemp, we will help ensure ...

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    Brownfields to Hempfields

    Friday, December 13, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    One of the most underrated aspects of industrial hemp is its use for land reclamation and remediation. With the combination of brilliant minds and this type of vision for hemp, we will help ensure a greener, healthier and sustainable future for all of us. This session seeks to illuminate the use of hemp to remediate brownfields. The speakers will talk about how hemp works, benefits, drawbacks, and case studies. The goal of this session will be to inform the audience on the viability of phytoremediation using industrial hemp as a remediating agent and as a brownfield reuse. In addition, this session will dispel the many myths and demystify the stigmas that surround hemp and its association with marijuana.

  • 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

    502 A

    Brownfields Feud: Challenging Community Engagement Assumptions

    Engaging Ideation
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Tired of lectures and Powerpoints? Then join us for a session filled with creativity and fun! In this session, attendees will participate in a game-show style activity that challenges common assumptions ...

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    Brownfields Feud: Challenging Community Engagement Assumptions

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 12:45 pm
    502 A
    Engaging Ideation
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Tired of lectures and Powerpoints? Then join us for a session filled with creativity and fun! In this session, attendees will participate in a game-show style activity that challenges common assumptions about communities, culture, outreach, and trust. It will be an opportunity to share knowledge and learn something new. Participants will come away with strategies for improving their community engagement and trust building.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    403 A

    Lasting Bona Fide Protection: EPA Common Elements and ASTM Continuing Obligation Guidance Updates

    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    Lead drafters from USEPA and ASTM will describe recent revisions to EPA’s “Common Elements” guidance and ASTM’s “Standard Guide for Identifying and Complying With Continuing Obligations” ...

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    Lasting Bona Fide Protection: EPA Common Elements and ASTM Continuing Obligation Guidance Updates

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement
    Lead drafters from USEPA and ASTM will describe recent revisions to EPA’s “Common Elements” guidance and ASTM’s “Standard Guide for Identifying and Complying With Continuing Obligations” both of which address “continuing obligations” and both of which were updated in 2019 based on site-specific experiences on landowner liability issues, relevant court decisions, and feedback received from brownfields stakeholders. Together, the updated guidances provide important interpretations, viewpoints, and practical steps to help guide brownfield purchasers and similar stakeholders seeking liability protections or otherwise desiring to meet “continuing obligations.” Under federal and state laws, purchasers or other owners of environmentally impacted property can sometimes be among those liable to address environmental pollution even though they did not cause the problem. Recognizing this as an unintended hindrance to property redevelopment, federal and state laws provide landowner liability protections for certain owners and purchasers. These protections, however, are ordinarily conditioned on the performance of future activities known as “continuing obligations,” designed to safely manage or control environmental impacts. Among others, continuing obligations include requirements to take “reasonable steps” to manage environmental impacts, to comply with or maintain the effectiveness of institutional controls, and to not “dispose” of hazardous substances after acquisition.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    406 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    Kat West , Bill Denman

    The Brilliant & Profitable Role of Land Conservation Easements

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Win, win and more winning! A more profitable project, a public benefit and a happy community – what’s not to love? Land conservation easements can play a brilliant and profitable role in the ...

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    The Brilliant & Profitable Role of Land Conservation Easements

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 7: Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Win, win and more winning! A more profitable project, a public benefit and a happy community - what’s not to love? Land conservation easements can play a brilliant and profitable role in the redevelopment of Superfund sites and brownfield properties. This session will provide examples of successful redevelopment & land conservation easement projects and focus the interactive discussion on opportunities, benefits, strategies, liability protections and risk management for partnerships between developers, local/state governments and land trusts.
    Speaker(s):
    Kat West Bill Denman

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    403 A

    Proper Management of EPA Brownfields Grants - What to Do After You Get the Grant?

    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Panelists will provide advice to recipients and potential recipients of EPA Brownfields grants on complying with statutory requirements, grant regulations, terms and conditions, and EPA policies. ...

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    Proper Management of EPA Brownfields Grants - What to Do After You Get the Grant?

    Friday, December 13, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Panelists will provide advice to recipients and potential recipients of EPA Brownfields grants on complying with statutory requirements, grant regulations, terms and conditions, and EPA policies. Topics include limitations on administrative costs, Davis Bacon, competitive procurement requirements, subawards, allowable costs, financial management, and cost shares. EPA staff will also describe different roles played by agency personnel in the grants administration process.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    404 A/B

    Show Me the Money – How California Uses Grants and Loans to Facilitate Brownfield Revitalization

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    California has several funding sources that are used to facilitate brownfields development via grants and loans for environmental investigation and cleanup. From a regulatory standpoint, the panel ...

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    Show Me the Money – How California Uses Grants and Loans to Facilitate Brownfield Revitalization

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    404 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    California has several funding sources that are used to facilitate brownfields development via grants and loans for environmental investigation and cleanup. From a regulatory standpoint, the panel will discuss what works, and what doesn’t. They’ll discuss the unique challenges that come with managing funding programs. They will present case studies on how the funding has been utilized on projects throughout the state.

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    515 A/B, Area C

    Cleaning up the Cleaners! Addressing Dry-Cleaning Impacts Within Opportunity Zones

    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities

     

    Addressing Dry-Cleaning Impacts Within Opportunity Zones: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) include new Opportunity Zone incentives designed to bring investment to struggling communities nation-wide. ...

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    Cleaning up the Cleaners! Addressing Dry-Cleaning Impacts Within Opportunity Zones

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:00 am
    515 A/B, Area C
    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    Addressing Dry-Cleaning Impacts Within Opportunity Zones: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) include new Opportunity Zone incentives designed to bring investment to struggling communities nation-wide. Over 8,700 communities -- home to nearly 35 million Americans -- have now been designated as Opportunity Zones. There is an overlap between the Opportunity Zones areas and current and historical dry-cleaning operations - about 75% of which may have had perchloroethylene releases that could potentially pose health threats to public health and the environment. This panel will include discussions on the scale of the dry-cleaning problem within these Opportunity Zones and how California is using GIS-based research to measure the scale of the problem, navigating the process of determining the viability of responsible parties, seeking viable options to fund streamlined evaluations, and facilitating re-development of these brownfields to foster economic growth in disadvantaged communities. The presentation will focus on the magnitude of the problem nationwide and prioritization approaches for California.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    408 B

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

    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 ...

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

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 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.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    403 B

    Promoting Revitalization of Petroleum-Impacted Sites (PROPS)

    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships

     

    The panelist are representatives of the ASTSWMO CERCLA-Brownfields, UST & LUST Taskforces that have come to discuss approaches used to foster the assessment, cleanup and/or subsequent reuse of ...

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    Promoting Revitalization of Petroleum-Impacted Sites (PROPS)

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs and Partnerships
    The panelist are representatives of the ASTSWMO CERCLA-Brownfields, UST & LUST Taskforces that have come to discuss approaches used to foster the assessment, cleanup and/or subsequent reuse of petroleum impacted sites (e.g., often referred to as petroleum brownfields - PBFs). The taskforces work to identify and surmount hurdles impeding their respective programs, share policies and transfer insights amongst their peers. Come to this session prepared to discuss how the capture & dissemination of PBF-revitalization benefits has and continues to enhance the integration of PBFs into community revitalization.

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Cezar Morar

    Tourism and Cultural Heritage on Brownfield Sites

    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    In many cities, parts of the historical built heritage are abandoned. Other parts are protected as cultural and historical monuments, because of their great architectural, cultural, historical, and ...

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    Tourism and Cultural Heritage on Brownfield Sites

    Friday, December 13, from 11:00 am to 11:30 am
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    In many cities, parts of the historical built heritage are abandoned. Other parts are protected as cultural and historical monuments, because of their great architectural, cultural, historical, and aesthetically value. This heritage needs a careful approach for its integration in the urban planning system. This approach represents a challenge for the decision makers and for the local stakeholders. The integration of this historic patrimony in competitive tourist products is an opportunity, as tourism is seen as a tool for urban regeneration, and simultaneously, increases the value and importance of the urban areas. This session presents the case study of the city of Oradea, Romania, which undertook significant challenges in transformation and reuse of abandoned spaces (brownfield sites), to cultural, commercial, residential, public reuse, while maintaining the cultural value of the space or the architectural features. Integrating historic-cultural features into redevelopment projects provides opportunities for tourism development, and contributes to sustainability goals and addressing urban contemporary needs.
    Speaker(s):
    Cezar Morar

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    411

    Turning Waste into Resiliency: Camden NJ’s Water-Energy Sustainability Loop and Microgrid

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Deteriorated water infrastructure and brownfields sites are opportunities for cities to upgrade their water and energy infrastructure, and move toward green and resilient energy and water practices. ...

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    Turning Waste into Resiliency: Camden NJ’s Water-Energy Sustainability Loop and Microgrid

    Friday, December 13, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    411
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Deteriorated water infrastructure and brownfields sites are opportunities for cities to upgrade their water and energy infrastructure, and move toward green and resilient energy and water practices. Local institutions like the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) and Covanta Camden have teamed up with the NJ Board of Public Utilities, NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and local stakeholders to design the region’s first water-energy sustainability loop and microgrid in Camden NJ. The Camden Microgrid will be a local resilient energy grid that is powered by methane from the anerobic digestion of sewage and the incineration of garbage, and share ‘gray’ water from CCMUA. In addition to powering the CCMUA and Covanta Camden, this Microgrid will also power critical institutions like schools, hospitals and city services when the regional grid is out. Further community resilient elements are being installed during the reuse of local brownfield sites, like the Phoenix Park project on the former American Minerals Site. At both Phoenix Park and in front of CCMUA’s plant, a ~1/2-mile long living resilient shoreline is being installed that will help protect over this neighborhood from storm-related event and sea level rise. Experts at CCMUA and NJDEP will share the opportunities for building resiliency components into critical institutions, brownfield sites and other entities, and offer ideas on building local resilient energy and water systems.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    502 B

    Advancing Revitalization through Innovative University-Community Partnerships

    Brownfield Speaks
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    This talk will introduce the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) model which focuses the energy, expertise, and effort of a campus in a single location over a defined time-period ...

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    Advancing Revitalization through Innovative University-Community Partnerships

    Friday, December 13, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    502 B
    Brownfield Speaks
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    This talk will introduce the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) model which focuses the energy, expertise, and effort of a campus in a single location over a defined time-period to help advance locally identified priority sustainability, resiliency, and livability goals and initiatives. It will provide dynamic examples, with project results, from San Diego State University’s Sage Project and other EPIC Programs that showcase revitalization in communities. It also shares how attendees can build or access EPIC Programs to assist or realize local revitalization goals. Previous attendees at EPIC Program talks have walked away energized and excited to move forward in building, accessing, supporting, or partnering on EPIC Programs and/or projects in their own communities. Attendees will understand how EPIC Partnerships systematically match local priority projects with university capacity to enable local governments and communities to reach their priority goals in an affordable manner while transforming higher education, so students learn through real-life problem solving. They will see results of projects completed through these partnerships; and learn how to build or access EPIC Programs.

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    515 A/B, Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Maria Coler

    Brownfields and Big Data: A 21st-Century Moonshot

    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities

     

    If one accepts that the entire world is a brownfield, then reclamation requires nothing less than 21st-century moonshot. Our moonshot must leverage the power of big data and harness technological advances ...

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    Brownfields and Big Data: A 21st-Century Moonshot

    Friday, December 13, from 10:30 am to 11:00 am
    515 A/B, Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    If one accepts that the entire world is a brownfield, then reclamation requires nothing less than 21st-century moonshot. Our moonshot must leverage the power of big data and harness technological advances in computing and algorithmic decision making. Presently, sites are remediated in silos: Data for each brownfield site are largely relegated to dedicated Excel tables, while qualitative information is mostly ignored and experiential insight lost. Imagined on the near horizon is a brownfield universal database which captures qualitative and quantitative data streams from across the world to inform conceptual site models, cost risk modeling, and remediation strategies. Together, we can crowdsource the remediation of the planet.
    Speaker(s):
    Maria Coler

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    406 A/B

    Microgrids on Brownfields - a Public-Private Business Model

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The concept of grid resiliency is changing. There is now an emerging realization that energy grids at a local level need to be much more independent in order to prepare for systemic energy system ...

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    Microgrids on Brownfields - a Public-Private Business Model

    Friday, December 13, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The concept of grid resiliency is changing. There is now an emerging realization that energy grids at a local level need to be much more independent in order to prepare for systemic energy system failures. Brownfield sites present unique opportunities to develop renewable energy microgrid projects that not only benefit the brownfield development itself, but can provide community resiliency benefits, such as the protection of critical infrastructure – like hospitals, water treatment plants, chemical plants and nuclear facilities, in the event of a longer-term systemwide energy blackout. This roundtable will identify microgrid opportunities specific to Brownfields and the legal and regulatory nuances as to what it takes to develop a true energy independent project on a Brownfield site. The roundtable will look at the state of progress in the design and buildout of resilient, standalone renewable energy microgrid projects and the opportunities for siting such projects on closed landfills and other brownfield sites, including in smaller-city “rural” areas. Participants will learn about how to apply private activity bonds, revenue bonds, Commercial PACE financing and Opportunity Zone capital to fund these types of projects.

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    515 A/B, Area B
    Speaker(s):
    Tom Carroll

    An Interventionist Approach to First Suburban Revitalization

    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    For more than a generation, academics and pundits have warned about the decline of America’s first suburbs—smaller cities intentionally set apart from nearby major cities. A decade after the Great ...

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    An Interventionist Approach to First Suburban Revitalization

    Friday, December 13, from 11:00 am to 11:30 am
    515 A/B, Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places
    For more than a generation, academics and pundits have warned about the decline of America’s first suburbs—smaller cities intentionally set apart from nearby major cities. A decade after the Great Recession, the evidence indicates that far too many formerly blue-collar, inner-ring suburbs face growing poverty, declining housing values, disinvestment, and depopulation. What can be done by civic leaders to reverse this trend? This session will highlight strategies and promising practices learned through an ICMA research fellowship that are being used by first suburbs to stimulate revitalization. While there is no silver bullet to reverse the decline of first suburbs, civic leaders do have strategies that point to workable responses.
    Speaker(s):
    Tom Carroll