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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 ...
    Carlos Pachon,Dan Powell,Jim Rice


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  • 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 ...
    Gary White,Beth Grigsby,Mary Hashem,Claire Weston,Eugene Goldfarb,Kate Lucas


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  • 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 ...
    Michael Taylor,Jim Rocco,Elaine Richardson,Mike McMullen


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  • 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, ...
    Peter Garcia,John Sepich,Rafat Abbasi,Steve Luis,Blayne Hartman,C.Y. Jeng,Dan Gallagher


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  • 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 ...
    Toby Rittner


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  • 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 ...
    Dora Chiang,Jason Conder,Alex MacDonald


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  • Wednesday, December 11


  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Sheri Adkins


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  • 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 ...
    James Becker,CJ Johnson


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  • 02:15 pm - 04:30 pm

    515 A

    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 ...
    Sarah Sieloff,Colleen Kokas,Lee Hoffman,Zachery Clayton,Matt Winefield


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  • 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 ...
    Colleen Kokas,Ignacio Dayrit,Peter Garcia


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  • 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 ...
    Sue Boyle,Beth Barton


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  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Andrew Kleiner


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  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    West Hall A – Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Stephen 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 ...
    Stephen Collins


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  • 10:45 am - 11:15 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Tiffany McClelland


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  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Ed Platt


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  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Robert Agee


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  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Tim Streitz


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  • 10:45 am - 11:15 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Toby Rittner


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  • 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 ...
    Allison Smith,Drew Wilson,Stacey Moran


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  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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. ...
    Jennifer Muus


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  • 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 ...
    John Padre,Ray Mangan,Wai Yi Ng


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  • 11:15 am - 11:45 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Steven Meyer,Jim Van der Kloot


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  • 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 ...
    Andrew Seth,Tim Fisher


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  • 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 ...
    Bruce Rasher,Elliott Laws,Deirdre Waterman


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  • 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 ...
    Bruce Rasher,Grant Trigger,Kevin Lund


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  • 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 ...
    Renee Webster-Hawkins,Coral Abbott,Craig Morrow


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  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Bruce Thrupp


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  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Leonard Farr


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  • 12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Sean Kaligi


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  • 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 ...
    Dan Johnson,Evans Paull,Jeff Williams


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  • 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 ...
    Sandra Whitehead,Miles Ballogg


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  • 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 ...
    Jasmin M. Contreras,Keith Ziobron,Mildred McClain


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  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    515 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 ...
    Peter Weiner,Gina Plantz,Robert Ettinger,Adrienne LaPierre


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  • 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 ...
    Michael Taylor,Steven Black,Nicole Henderson


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  • 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 ...
    Aimee Storm,Matt Ward,Debra Figueroa


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  • 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 ...
    Gary O'Connor,Neil O'Leary,James Nardozzi


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  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Steve Buck


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  • 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 ...
    Danielle Zephier,Samantha Chagnon


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  • 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 ...
    Susan Bodine,Cyndy Mackey,Patricia Overmeyer


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  • 11:15 am - 11:45 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Tice Welborn


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  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    406 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    Steven Gross, Cara Henegar

    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 ...
    Steven Gross,Cara Henegar


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  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Brian Vosburg


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  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi


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  • 10:45 am - 11:45 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 ...
    Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi,Kathryn Dominic,Ena Lupine


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  • 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 ...
    Beth Grigsby,Mary Hashem,Erika Scott


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  • 11:15 am - 11:45 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Patrick Kirby


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  • 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 ...
    Carrie Staton,Raymond Moeller


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  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Bill Wescott


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  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Rosanne Albright


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  • 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 ...
    Ignacio Dayrit,Chris Rhie,Rita Kampalath


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  • 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 ...
    Joseph Ferrari,Sara Hudson,Denise Malvetti


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  • 10:45 am - 11:15 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Nicholas Minich


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  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Linda Yang


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  • 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. ...
    Laurel Berman,Dave Laney,Lily Bermejo


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  • 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 ...
    Rosanne Albright,Joseph Larios


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  • 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, ...
    Michael Affeldt,Morton Price,Katie Doherty,Jessy Fierro


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  • 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 ...
    Trey Hess,Jason Lichtstein


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  • 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 ...
    Eileen Christensen,Jaina Moan,Ned Harvey


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  • 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 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    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, ...
    Katie-Rose Imbriano,Mary Morton,Jason Bench


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  • 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 ...
    Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi,Mark McIntyre,Stephanie Cushing


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  • 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 ...
    Michael Goldstein,Lawrence Schnapf,Meaghan Colligan


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  • 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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  • 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 ...
    Jesse Rosenbluth,Jessica Fox,Sven-Erik Kaiser


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  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    403 B

    Using the Power of the Sun for Energy Resiliency and Disaster Recovery Solutions

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Brownfields sites with strong potential for solar PV generation can provide essential solutions for disaster recovery and may be a of particular importance to islands, such as Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and ...
    Jonathan Marvel,José Juan Terrasa-Soler,John Glassmire


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  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm

    502 A
    Speaker(s):
    Toby Rittner, James Metz

    Catalytic Brownfield Financing Solutions

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

     

    Throughout the last 5 years, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, through a partnership with the US EPA, has implemented an extensive package of brownfields technical assistance including a ...
    Toby Rittner,James Metz


    Full Description

  • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    409 A/B

    Women in Brownfields – Sustaining Communities and Capitalizing Vision

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    As brownfield practitioners, women initiate and lead projects and provide technical assistance to communities tackling environmental, public health and economic challenges as they intersect with social ...
    Sue Boyle,Ann Carroll,Mary Hashem


    Full Description

  • 12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

    West Hall A – Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Kate Lucas

    Brownfields for Local Governments: An Overview of Challenges and Opportunities

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

     

    Based on a forthcoming white paper from the ICMA, this session provides an overview of the benefits, challenges and best practices of brownfield redevelopment for local governments. Learn about financial ...
    Kate Lucas


    Full Description

  • 10:45 am - 11:45 am

    406 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    Deb Brown

    Small Towns and Rural Issues – with Deb Brown

    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 8: Small Communities and Rural Places

     

    Come meet Deb Brown and continue the discussion on small towns and rural issues after her keynote presentation!

    Deb Brown


    Full Description
  • Thursday, December 12


  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Richard Du Bey


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Sarah Sieloff,Ryan Smith,Jim Hamilton


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Sue Boyle,Beth Barton


    Full Description

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    502 A

    How to use Environmental Liability Transfers During Complex Business Transactions and Other Scenarios

    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 ...
    Randall Jostes,Jim Vetter,Brian Clark


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 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 ...
    Jennifer Clancey,Oral Saulters,Ted Jojola


    Full Description

  • 12:45 pm - 01:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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, ...
    Ross Brittain


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Tad McGalliard,Trey Hess,George Naslas,Linda Yang


    Full Description

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    West Hall A – Area C
    Speaker(s):
    Karen Benetti

    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 ...
    Karen Benetti


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Michael Taylor,Jim Van der Kloot,Karen Lauerman,Brian Keyt


    Full Description

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Christopher De Sousa,Reanne Ridsdale


    Full Description

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Josh Fout


    Full Description

  • 12:45 pm - 01:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Leonard Farr


    Full Description

  • 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, ...
    Andrew Seth,Debra Figueroa,Liz Becher


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:45 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 ...
    Elizabeth Limbrick,Gary White,Sean Garrigan


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Christopher De Sousa,Deborah Lange,Sabine Martin,Ann Carroll


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    502 B

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

    Town Meeting Conversations
    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 ...
    Sue Kemball-Cook,Ed Morales,Jennifer Gray Thompson


    Full Description

  • 02:15 pm - 03:15 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 ...
    Suzi Ruhl,Dan French,Lori Gay


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    John Hargraves,Jessica DeBone


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Mollie Dowling,Yodit Semu,Steve Surtees


    Full Description

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Elizabeth Gilboy


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Lee Hoffman,Joe Jordan,Melanie Bachman


    Full Description

  • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

    West Hall A – 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, ...
    Sara Bals


    Full Description

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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. ...
    Karen Homolac


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    403 B

    Multi-Agency Liability Protection: A FUDS Brownfield Redevelopment Challenge

    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: Liability and Enforcement

     

    Take an old military research and testing facility, mix in a little commercial use as a self-storage and light industrial facility, then add a robust planned mixed-use retail, restaurant and multi-family ...
    Neal Holdridge,Travis Coburn,Angela Garcia,Scott Kurtz


    Full Description

  • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

    West Hall A – Area A
    Speaker(s):
    Aric Jensen

    Turning Black Dirt Into 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, ...
    Aric Jensen


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Amy Edwards,Ilene Munk,Todd Davis


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Jean Hamerman,Bruce Rasher,John Morris


    Full Description

  • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Jennifer Kanalos


    Full Description

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Rebecca Otte


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 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 ...
    Sarah Coffin, PhD, AICP,Kevin McKinney,Gene Schmittgens


    Full Description

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    West Hall A – 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, ...
    Helena Healy


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    David Nicholas,Paula Torrado


    Full Description

  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Jackie Koney


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Casey Korbini,Jason Seyler,Alan Miller


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Martha Faust,Kim McKay,Margo Thompson-Neel


    Full Description

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    404 A/B
    Speaker(s):
    Clark Henry, Brian Beckon

    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 ...
    Clark Henry,Brian Beckon


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Lee Ilan,Greg Neal,Dr. Mitchell Smith


    Full Description

  • 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, ...
    Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi,Greg Neal,Shanna Schmitt,Keary Cragan


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Nova Blazej,Fred Lucero,Dr. Mitchell Smith


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Kara Allison,Mike McBride,Tim Acri,William Nineve


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 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 ...
    Patrick Bravo,Jon Legarza,Karla Auker


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Amy Edwards,Mary Ann Grena Manley,Tim Haley


    Full Description

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Stephen Brower


    Full Description

  • 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 ...


    Full Description

  • 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

    West Hall A – 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, ...
    Steve Gill,Jon Munkers


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    502 A

    EIFDs as Brownfield Solutions and Recommendations to Bolster their Effectiveness

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

     

    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 ...
    Simon Bluestone,Larry Kosmont,Jan Perry


    Full Description

  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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. ...
    Sam Saieed


    Full Description

  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Frank McLaughlin


    Full Description

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Mel Pins


    Full Description

  • 12:45 pm - 01:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Anne Wallace


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Marita Stollenwerk


    Full Description

  • 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, ...


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Lyric Kelkar


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Noemi Emeric-Ford,Lamont Cobb,Jorge Mutis


    Full Description

  • 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    408 A

    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, ...
    Eric Byous,Dan French,Ian Webster,Mark Tholke


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Jay Dick,Danielle Brazille,Christopher Hawthorne


    Full Description

  • 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Rebecca Wells-Albers


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Matt Ashby


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Linda Balcom, P.G.,Thomas Lee


    Full Description

  • 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 ...
    Mark McIntyre,Greg Neal,Kim Dillon


    Full Description

  • 03:30 pm - 04:45 pm

    515 A
    Speaker(s):
    Dan French

    Opportunity Zone Project Contest

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

     

    As trillions of dollars of capital gains generated each year attempts to pivot into Opportunity Zones, it’s more important than ever before to be enabled for development if not market-ready. But how ...
    Dan French


    Full Description
  • 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 ...
    Suzi Ruhl,Danielle Getsinger,Amy Dinn


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  • 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 ...
    Suzi Ruhl,Mark Lopez,Melody Head


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  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Ryan Peterson


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  • 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 ...
    Sarah Sieloff,Christopher Coes,Judy Sheahan


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  • 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. ...
    Linda Balcom, P.G.,Sean Scully,Jeff Welch


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  • 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 ...
    Brittany Kiessling,Keely Maxwell


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  • 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” ...
    Craig Boehr,Cyndy Mackey,Mike Sowinski


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  • 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 ...
    Kat West ,Bill Denman


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  • 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. ...
    Frank Gardner,Roch Baamonde,Jim Drummond


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  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    West Hall A – 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. ...
    Peter Garcia,John Sepich,Rafat Abbasi


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  • 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 ...
    Frank McLaughlin,Simeon Hahn


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  • 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 ...
    Mahesh Albuquerque,Russell Olsen,Carrie Geyer


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  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Cezar Morar


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  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    411

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

    Town Meeting Conversations
    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. ...
    Frank McLaughlin,Andy Kricun


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  • 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 ...
    Laura Bloch,Jessica Barlow,Mike James


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  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Maria Coler


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  • 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 ...
    Charles Howland,Leo Rebele,Kevin Daehnke


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  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    West Hall A – 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 ...
    Tom Carroll


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