Remembering Charlie Bartsch


Over the past two decades, the name Charlie Bartsch has been synonymous with the movement to cleanup and redevelop brownfield properties. When he passed away suddenly on January 17, 2018, the brownfields world lost one of its founding fathers, and importantly his family, friends, and colleagues lost an irreplaceable soul mate. Charlie was a fixture at the National Brownfields Conference and a dear friend to many at EPA and ICMA as he was to scores of other people near and far. We’ll miss his distinct voice and laughter and his knowledge and perspectives of a sector he helped to define. Those of us left behind will need to carry forward the cause that he pushed with so much passion, but we are less than we were when he was still with us.

Friends are invited to join with Charlie’s family and one another at Gawler’s Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC, on Wednesday, January 24, between 3:00 and 8:00pm. Starting at 6:00 friends may offer remembrances. Gawler’s is walking distance from both the Tenleytown and Friendship Heights metro stations on the Red line.  A special memorial event is being planned for later this Spring.

Additionally, all of us associated with the National Brownfields Conference invite Charlie’s friends and colleagues to share photos and memories of his life and work on the National Brownfields Conference Facebook page at



Recapping Brownfields 2017

Over the course of 4 days in December, over 2200 attendees joined us in Pittsburgh for the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference. With over 125+ educational sessions and networking opportunities, we hope that attendees gained a wealth of knowledge and connections in the brownfields world.

We would love to know how we did so please take a minute to fill out this brief survey

For those interested, you can download the registration list here.

To download educational session materials, please visit the Educational Sessions page.

The National Brownfields Training Conference is the largest event in the nation focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. Held every two years, the National Brownfields Conference attracts nearly 3,000 stakeholders in brownfields redevelopment and cleanup to share knowledge about sustainable reuse and celebrate the EPA brownfields program’s success. Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned professional, Brownfields 2017 offers something for you! Click here for more.

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