Brownfields 2017 Recap

Over the course of 4 days, over 2000 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.

Poster Gallery Winners are:

1st Place: Financial and Environmental Savings Through NYC’s Clean Soil Bank and Materials Exchange Initiative
Presenter: Taylor Hard

2nd Place: Muncy – Moving From Planning to Action: Creating a Resilient Community
Presenter: Robert Goldman, PG

3rd Place: Adaptive Reuse of Brownfields Concrete
Presenter: Kevin Lund




Things to See & Do in Pittsburgh: Museums

Senator John Heinz History Center host of the Brownfields 2017 Community Reception!

Housed in the Chautauqua Ice Warehouse, the center preserves and displays a large collection of artifacts, archives, and photos documenting the history of the region. The headquarters of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a café, and children’s section are also on the premises. Docent-led tours are available.
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Carnegie Science Center

This 40,000 square foot facility houses so much, that it’s impossible to list it all. Over 250 interactive exhibits include a planetarium, miniature railroad exhibit, Omnimax Theater, the USS Requin (WWII sub), and a health-science center. General Admission includes Carnegie Science Center Exhibits, Buhl Planetarium, and USS Requin. Don’t forget to check out the XPLOR Store on the first floor, and the River View Cafe on the ground floor.
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Andy Warhol Museum

Campbells soup cans anyone? Continue your exploration of Pittsburgh at the Andy Warhol Museum, an ultramodern tribute to the founder of pop art. The most comprehensive single artist museum in the world houses more than 4,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, films, and videos, from this native Pittsburgh artist. While dedicated to Andy Warhol, the museum also hosts rotating exhibits by artists who push the boundaries of art, just as Warhol did.
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Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History combine two world renowned museums in one unforgettable visit. Same day admission to both museums provides a wide variety of things to explore, and many sections include hands-on activities where children are encouraged to touch as well as look. Enjoy one of the best dinosaur exhibits in the world, breathtaking gems and minerals, an extensive Native American gallery, plus the museum ranked by Child Magazine among the “10 Best Art Museums for Kids.”
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The Mattress Factory

Get into art – literally! The beds are gone, and this former mattress factory is now home to a one-of-a-kind arts experience. The Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art is the best facility for installation art in the United States, all created by in-residence artists. The avant-garde art is sometimes a bit bewildering, but always fun.
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Technical Assistance Opportunities at Brownfields 2017

SharkBait is the featured event and COMPETITION of the Brownfields 2017 Economic Redevelopment Forum!

Who: Shark Bait is looking for communities in all stages of development who are looking to gain technical expertise!

Projects which demonstrate a creative re-use visionbroad community engagement and support, diverse partnerships, and potential for a dynamic presentation will be matched with a team of Lifeguards specific to their needs.


Why: Months of technical assistance from teams of  Lifeguards and expert advice from Sharks on the day of the Event. The winner will receive a prize and recognition in the Brownfields realm.

Each selected project will be given expertise from a panel of “Lifeguards” who are well respected and knowledgeable in their specific technical area. They will work together during the months leading up to the conference to gain assistance and will then pitch their project to a panel of Sharks, experts in brownfields, marketing, and finance as part of the Economic Redevelopment Forum! Sharks will ask questions, offer suggestions for investment opportunities, and select the winner of the Shark Bait Award!


  1. Complete the application and return by September 1, 2017.
  • Learn more information about SharkBait and watch a quick webinar on benefits here.
  • All applications will be screened and 6 projects will be selected to COMPETE! Projects that are not selected will still receive technical assistance through other parts of the conference.
  • Selected projects will join conference calls with their “Lifeguards” to help prepare for the conference as well as meet in person on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
  1. Attend the Shark Bait event at Brownfields 2017 to present your pitch to the Sharks!


The Redevelopment Rodeo is a set of educational programming geared towards providing technical assistance to Brownfields redevelopment projects.

It’s opportunity to wrangle your rarest or rowdiest redevelopment projects with seasoned Redevelopment Wranglers who’ve wrestled with the biggest brownfield beasts. The Redevelopment Wranglers know the long, hard trail to highest and best results in today’s market. These multidisciplinary professionals will be able to examine your project, point out hidden possibilities and pitfalls and provide industry-best technical know-how. Armed by best practices and tested strategies, the Redevelopment Wranglers can help you herd your stakeholders, corral your more complicated critters and overcome roadblocks on your route to revitalization.

Who: The Redevelopment Rodeo application is meant for any stakeholder involved in a brownfield redevelopment project.

Why: The Redevelopment Rodeo gives stakeholder-presenters an opportunity to explain tough projects while soliciting advice and solutions from a panel of experts at no cost.

Presenters’ projects will also receive special media coverage from the Center for Creative Land Recycling and on

How to ride in the Redevelopment Rodeo: Fill out the application at the link below!

CCLR is organizing two Rodeos: one for urban projects, and another for rural projects. Experts on the panels include: Kevin Gremse (National Development Council), Lance Robbins (Urban Smart Growth), Matt Ward (Sustainable Strategies DC) and Jesse Silverstein (Development Research Partners).

Anyone can apply, but you must be able to:

  1. Complete this application and submit responses by September 1st.
  • If you are interested in signing up, but have questions, sign up WITH THIS FORM for a call on August 22nd, from 11-12pm PDT. Dial-in information will be distributed to those who sign up.
  • Applicants will be screened by CCLR and colleagues, which will select 9 applicants to add their project to the roundup at the Redevelopment Rodeo.
  • Selected applicants will be asked to provide more information, and will be asked to join a pre-conference call to prep for the Redevelopment Rodeo.
  1. Attend the Redevelopment Rodeo session at the National Brownfields conference to present your project.

Please contact CCLR staff at if you have questions!




Brownfields 2017 Online Registration and Housing Now Open!

With the session selection process completed, Brownfields 2017 is set to offer attendees a robust and expansive conference experience. This year’s conference programming and speakers will engage attendees on topics at the forefront of today’s brownfields and economic development landscapes; challenging both emerging and seasoned professionals as well as a diverse range of brownfields stakeholders to think outside the norms when addressing land revitalization and redevelopment.

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