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    Monday, December 4


  • 12:45 pm - 03:45 pm


    Preserving History, Planning for the Future: Carrie Furnace Development Tour

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    ***SOLD OUT*** Located along the Monongahela River in Allegheny County, the Carrie Furnace Development is a 168-acre ACT II designated former blast furnace site owned by the Redevelopment Authority ...

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    Preserving History, Planning for the Future: Carrie Furnace Development Tour

    Monday, December 4, from 12:45 pm to 03:45 pm

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    ***SOLD OUT*** Located along the Monongahela River in Allegheny County, the Carrie Furnace Development is a 168-acre ACT II designated former blast furnace site owned by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. The redevelopment of the site integrates the region’s steel heritage with new development opportunities through the historic preservation of Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7, and the remediation and transformation of the surrounding brownfield site into a pad ready development. Mobile workshop participants will learn about the history of the former steel mill and current redevelopment efforts in a tour of the nearby Bost Building, a former turn of the century hotel which played a pivotal role in the Homestead Strike and has been renovated into the visitor’s center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Following this visit, participants will travel by bus to the Carrie Furnace site to see firsthand the redevelopment efforts underway, as well as tour the former steel mill site.

  • 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm


    The Legacy of Rachel Carson in Pittsburgh, America, and Beyond

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    ***SOLD OUT*** Keeping with this year’s conference theme, this mobile workshop will take participants back to where it all started: Rachel Carson’s birthplace and home of 22 years. Best known ...

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    The Legacy of Rachel Carson in Pittsburgh, America, and Beyond

    Monday, December 4, from 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

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    ***SOLD OUT*** Keeping with this year’s conference theme, this mobile workshop will take participants back to where it all started: Rachel Carson’s birthplace and home of 22 years. Best known for her book Silent Spring (1962), Carson alerted the government and general public to the hazards of industry, pesticides, and environmental contaminants on human and environmental health. Her work eventually assisted in banning DDT in 1972 and led to several other changes in the administration, enforcement, and reduction of hazardous environmental contaminants, as well as the brownfields left behind. Participants will travel to the Rachel Carson Homestead, a registered National Landmark of Historical Places in suburban Springdale, PA. Upon arrival, participants will receive a 1-hour guided tour to experience the place where the famed ecologist and writer first became enamored with the beauty of nature through walks in rural woods and explorations along the Allegheny River banks, and where she later witnessed a new manufacturing industry emerge, bringing blight and degradation along with it. Following the tour, participants will learn and discuss how Carson’s research and writings have impacted—and continue to impact—our progress to a more sustainable and healthy environment for all through brownfield redevelopment.
  • Tuesday, December 5


  • 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm


    Riverfront Redevelopment: 3 Crossings and Washington's Landing

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    ***SOLD OUT*** Explore two redeveloped riverfront brownfield sites along the Allegheny River, 3 Crossings and Washington’s Landing. These two projects have been completed in different ways, ...

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    Riverfront Redevelopment: 3 Crossings and Washington's Landing

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

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    ***SOLD OUT*** Explore two redeveloped riverfront brownfield sites along the Allegheny River, 3 Crossings and Washington’s Landing. These two projects have been completed in different ways, each experiencing unique challenges. Learn how these mixed-use developments changed the face of the riverfront and reconnected communities to the water. 3 Crossings is a 20-acre mixed-use development along Smallman and Railroad Streets that aims to bridge the area’s authentic history with renewed opportunities to connect with surrounding neighborhoods and nature. The developer has incorporated numerous sustainability strategies into the development, such as achieving LEED Gold Certification for their residential component, solar arrays, a “living street” component, and more. Located on the western bank of the Allegheny River, Washington's Landing is a 42-acre island approximately two miles from Downtown Pittsburgh. Once home to a meat-processing plant, this island was transformed into a high-quality, multi-use development, including market-rate housing, office/research and development, and light industrial uses. It also features a marina, rowing center, and public park.

  • 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm


    Beaver County Brownfields

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    ***SOLD OUT*** With work on a project estimated at approximately $6 Billion now underway by Royal Dutch Shell to develop an ethane cracker plant on the former St Joe Lead/Zinc America/Horsehead ...

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    Beaver County Brownfields

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 05:30 pm

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    ***SOLD OUT*** With work on a project estimated at approximately $6 Billion now underway by Royal Dutch Shell to develop an ethane cracker plant on the former St Joe Lead/Zinc America/Horsehead site in Potter Township, Beaver County has become the focus for industrial leaders and investors observing development in the Appalachian basin. Beaver County is working to identify opportunities to support the growing industrial market through area-wide brownfield redevelopment as part of identifying all areas available for growth. This tour will visit various communities along the Ohio River in Beaver County, highlighting those that have brownfield space redeveloped or available for redevelopment. These include several communities that participated in the 1st round of US EPA Area-Wide Planning Grant where a $600,000 grant is currently funding site assessments. The tour will provide information regarding remediation actions and status, as well as historical and practical perspectives to provide a context for understanding the County’s extensive brownfields and the opportunities that they afford. In addition to the region’s well-known role in the steel industry, a stretch of riverbank adjacent to the site currently being redeveloped by Shell was first developed for petrochemical use by the Department of Defense in the 1940’s; that facility and an underground tank farm adjacent to it lend perspective to the strength of the region’s industrial heritage. This mobile workshop will build an understanding of brownfield reuse based on historical perspective and current opportunities. The County’s strategic location above the basin’s rich methane and ethane resources and its proximity to existing plastics businesses provide strong incentives to redevelop former industrial sites. Workforce initiatives already well underway are preparing a future-focused workforce for opportunities in the petrochemical sector expected to make use of these repurposed sites.

  • 05:30 pm - 08:30 pm


    Beyond Brownfields to Breweries: Distilleries and Cideries, Too

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    ***SOLD OUT*** As a result of Americans’ growing preference for local and environmentally sustainable products, the craft beverage sector is rapidly expanding throughout the country. This shift ...

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    Beyond Brownfields to Breweries: Distilleries and Cideries, Too

    Tuesday, December 5, from 05:30 pm to 08:30 pm

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    ***SOLD OUT*** As a result of Americans’ growing preference for local and environmentally sustainable products, the craft beverage sector is rapidly expanding throughout the country. This shift from mass-produced to locally-crafted provides opportunities for communities to redevelop brownfields, improve economic conditions, and provide jobs. The Pittsburgh area has embraced this growing trend and is now home to over 40 craft breweries, distilleries, and cideries. As new producers enter the market and search for facilities in a traditionally industrial community, they are often turning to brownfields and repurposing structures. This mobile workshop will go beyond breweries and explore a whiskey distillery and a cider house both located in one of Pittsburgh’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Participants will receive tours of the facilities; discuss assessment, remediation, redevelopment, and community involvement processes with owners; and sample some of Pittsburgh’s finest spirits along the way. All participants will also receive a complimentary “daily ration” to take home and dinner will be provided.
  • Wednesday, December 6


  • 01:45 pm - 03:45 pm


    Catalyzing Development through Transit: East Liberty and Bakery Square

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    ***SOLD OUT*** Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood has experienced rapid revitalization in recent years, much of it anchored by Pennsylvania’s first and only Transit Revitalization Investment ...

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    Catalyzing Development through Transit: East Liberty and Bakery Square

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 03:45 pm

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    ***SOLD OUT*** Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood has experienced rapid revitalization in recent years, much of it anchored by Pennsylvania’s first and only Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID), a financing tool for Transit Oriented Development that leverages transportation infrastructure and incremental tax revenue to support community development. This tour will visit the TIGER-funded East Liberty Transit Center and adjacent redevelopment sites, including the $132M Eastside project, Bakery Square a $350M redevelopment of a former Nabisco Factory and adjacent closed school site that is now home to R&D facilities, technology companies, retail, residential, and commercial development - and other key redevelopment sites including affordable housing and commercial development, and public space and infrastructure improvements.

  • 01:45 pm - 04:45 pm


    Black and Gold Brownfields

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    ***SOLD OUT*** The City of Pittsburgh has gradually transformed from a traditional steel town to a vibrant city of technology and innovation. But one thing has never changed: Pittsburgh bleeds ...

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    Black and Gold Brownfields

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 04:45 pm

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    ***SOLD OUT*** The City of Pittsburgh has gradually transformed from a traditional steel town to a vibrant city of technology and innovation. But one thing has never changed: Pittsburgh bleeds black and gold. This mobile workshop will explore the former brownfields that are now home to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Heinz Field. As with many other recent developments in the city, these stadiums were built on properties previously impacted by Pittsburgh’s large manufacturing industry. Participants will receive tours of the stadiums and discuss assessment, remediation, and community involvement activities at the sites.
  • Thursday, December 7


  • 01:15 pm - 04:15 pm


    Wingfield Pines Conservation Area: Abandoned Mine Drainage Passive

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    Wingfield Pines, is an 87 acre site southwest of Pittsburgh, formerly plagued by Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) after being strip mined in the 1940’s and later converted to a Golf and Swim Club. Allegheny ...

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    Wingfield Pines Conservation Area: Abandoned Mine Drainage Passive

    Thursday, December 7, from 01:15 pm to 04:15 pm

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    Wingfield Pines, is an 87 acre site southwest of Pittsburgh, formerly plagued by Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) after being strip mined in the 1940’s and later converted to a Golf and Swim Club. Allegheny Land Trust purchased the site in 2001, and in 2009 completed a passive, gravity operated treatment system on 25 acres that mitigates iron oxides before being discharged into Chartiers Creek. Visitors can walk through the aesthetically pleasing site to watch the water transition from murky orange to natural, clean clear water. In addition to recovering iron oxide from the water, the system accommodates trails, a wetland boardwalk, overlooks, and interpretative signage providing educational opportunities. The site is a community hub and destination for hikers, bikers and boaters, as well as a living laboratory for local schools, universities and educational programs. This tour will explore the history, design and function of the site, as well as discuss educational partnerships and studies with local universities.

  • 01:15 pm - 04:15 pm


    Reclaiming Riverfronts: Redevelopment of Former Steel Industry Sites along the Monongahela River

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    ***SOLD OUT*** This 3-hour tour will visit four unique brownfield redevelopment sites in various stages of completion along the Monongahela River, highlighting Pittsburgh’s successful efforts ...

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    Reclaiming Riverfronts: Redevelopment of Former Steel Industry Sites along the Monongahela River

    Thursday, December 7, from 01:15 pm to 04:15 pm

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    ***SOLD OUT*** This 3-hour tour will visit four unique brownfield redevelopment sites in various stages of completion along the Monongahela River, highlighting Pittsburgh’s successful efforts to transform former steel industry sites into vibrant residential, commercial, and recreational centers. Sites include: • The South Side Works - a mixed-use district that includes R&D facilities, technology companies, corporate headquarters, destination retail, high-density residential, a waterfront park, and recreational marina • The Pittsburgh Technology Center - a R&D and tech hub with strong ties to Pittsburgh’s universities • Almono – A unique, early stage redevelopment of a 178-acre site with a prominent riverfront location that offers an extraordinary opportunity to become a premier mixed-use development and innovation hub • Summerset at Frick Park – a multi-phase residential development comprised of 500 constructed and 213 additional planned units constructed on a former slag heap