Educational Program Overview

Featuring dozens of educational sessions offered in a variety of formats, the conference offers high quality learning experiences and peer-to-peer networking for stakeholders looking for beginner basics to those needing more advanced training and connections. Each conference features:


Conference Topic Areas

  • Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
  • Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
  • Track 3: Community Case Studies
  • Track 4: Innovations in Planning, Design, Technology and Tools
  • Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
  • Track 6: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs & Partnerships
  • Track 7: Liability and Enforcement & Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
  • International Track

Educational Session Formats

  • Learning Lounges (30 min): An extremely popular format first introduced at Brownfields 2015, learning lounge sessions are short talks on big issues.   For each learning lounge timeslot, there will be thematically similar sessions running concurrently and an “expert bar” where attendees can ask questions on the topics being discussed within the learning lounges.  Each learning lounge session is a single 15-minute presentation by one presenter followed by 15 minutes of Q&A from the audience.
  • Panel Discussions (60 minutes): Panel consisting of one moderator and no more than two speakers who are recognized experts in a specific topic, and who generally have different viewpoints or experiences within the specific topic. The moderator will lead the panel discussion and follow-on question and answers.
  • Roundtable Discussions (60 minutes): A rapid fire, discussion-oriented session format that is led by one or two topic experts.  Session leaders quickly present a topic that translates within minutes to a facilitated conversation between and among the audience participants.
  • Town Hall Meeting (60 minutes): Lively discussion led by a moderator and a panel of two leaders or experts in a specific topic or area of interest.  Speakers briefly present a topic for discussion, which is followed by conversation between the panelists and the audience through a moderated Q&A, sharing of experiences, and a forum for voicing challenges and solutions.
  • Lunch Talks: One expert presents a talk in his or her area of interest and leads a question-and-answer session, similar to Ted Talks.

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