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    Monday, December 4


  • Brownfields Basics and Hot Topics for Economic Development

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
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    Build your community’s capacity to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. Join nationally recognized speakers from the National TAB Team, EPA, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and City ...

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    Brownfields Basics and Hot Topics for Economic Development

    Monday, December 4, from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Lecture Room 407
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    Build your community’s capacity to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. Join nationally recognized speakers from the National TAB Team, EPA, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and City of Phoenix in an interactive opportunity for participants to learn the basics of brownfields, and gain more in depth knowledge as we take a deeper dive into four hot topics: funding, housing, healthfields, and integrating brownfields redevelopment into planning for sustainable communities. Plus, learn how to receive free brownfields technical assistance!

  • Clean Up Your Act: 3 Key Tools for Advancing Brownfields Revitalization

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    Brownfields, abandoned properties, and blight affect communities across America. Cleanup efforts can be expensive and complicated, design and engineering can be daunting, and redevelopment costs may ...

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    Clean Up Your Act: 3 Key Tools for Advancing Brownfields Revitalization

    Monday, December 4, from 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm
    Room 317/318
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    Brownfields, abandoned properties, and blight affect communities across America. Cleanup efforts can be expensive and complicated, design and engineering can be daunting, and redevelopment costs may be prohibitive, especially in distressed or small communities facing limited reuse potential. To assist communities in meeting these challenges, the U.S. EPA recently developed and released a guide to leveraging resources for revitalization. This 90-minute session highlights some of the key strategic steps that a community can take to secure resources for brownfields and community revitalization. This highly interactive training session will focus on concrete strategies from experienced professionals addressing these challenges in communities around the country. Breakout sessions will focus on the more difficult aspects, and participants will learn how to apply specific leveraging and advocacy strategies in their communities, including developing “Resource Roadmaps”, creating effective “Briefing Sheets” for engagement and advocacy, and hosting worthwhile “Roundtables” with key stakeholders. This session will focus on “how” to effectively describe your project, frame the existing challenges, leverage funding, and make the case for additional support from your community, state, and federal partners.
    Speaker(s):
    Matt Ward

  • 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Room 317/318

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    Developers Talk Deals

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    A fast-paced forum geared towards helping attendees understand how developers evaluate redevelopment risk and make investment decisions. Panelists will provide actionable ideas and solutions to help ...

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    Developers Talk Deals

    Monday, December 4, from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Room 317/318
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    A fast-paced forum geared towards helping attendees understand how developers evaluate redevelopment risk and make investment decisions. Panelists will provide actionable ideas and solutions to help move projects forward.

  • Healthy Food from Brownfield Sites – Learn the Necessary Steps

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    More and more community gardens are being established on brownfield sites, especially in food deserts in urban cores. While community gardens help to beautify neighborhoods and bring blighted properties ...

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    Healthy Food from Brownfield Sites – Learn the Necessary Steps

    Monday, December 4, from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 319/320
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    More and more community gardens are being established on brownfield sites, especially in food deserts in urban cores. While community gardens help to beautify neighborhoods and bring blighted properties back to productive use, recent surveys conducted by Kansas State University indicate that the potential of soil contamination associated with these sites, how to deal with it, and where to get assistance, is often not known. While not all brownfield sites are suitable for growing crops, the majority of sites could be used as gardens after appropriate evaluation and by applying best management practices. In this interactive workshop we will teach attendees the steps to safely garden on a brownfield site, including how to get site history information; where, how and what to sample for; resources for soil analyses; understanding soil test results; what to grow in order to avoid uptake of potential contaminants by food crops; and best management practices focusing on reduction of both direct (soil-human) and indirect (soil-plant-human) exposure.

  • 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Room 315/316
    Speaker(s):
    Toby Rittner

    Redevelopment Finance Toolbox

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    This session will provide a basic introduction to building and utilizing the development finance toolbox, with a focus on adapting these tools for brownfield redevelopment projects. From bonds, tax ...

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    Redevelopment Finance Toolbox

    Monday, December 4, from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Room 315/316
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    This session will provide a basic introduction to building and utilizing the development finance toolbox, with a focus on adapting these tools for brownfield redevelopment projects. From bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, RLFs, and access to capital lending resources, the session will discuss why these tools are essential, and how they can be used to meet the various needs of local governments, developers, and real estate investors. Case studies will be used to illustrate how these tools and strategies are used to redevelop brownfields and improve communities.
    Speaker(s):
    Toby Rittner

  • 01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

    Lecture Room 406

    Implementing Greener Cleanups Through ASTM’s Standard Guide (E2893-16) – A Workshop

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    Through this course learn how to implement greener cleanups following the ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups. A greener cleanup is a more sustainable approach to cleaning up contaminated sites. ...

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    Implementing Greener Cleanups Through ASTM’s Standard Guide (E2893-16) – A Workshop

    Monday, December 4, from 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    Through this course learn how to implement greener cleanups following the ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups. A greener cleanup is a more sustainable approach to cleaning up contaminated sites. EPA's “Principles for Greener Cleanups” provide a foundation for planning and implementing cleanups that protect human health and the environment while minimizing the environmental footprint of cleanup activities.

  • Innovative Brownfields Characterization and Cleanup Solutions: Training for Small Business Cleanup Contractors

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    The session is for small businesses that provide technology consulting during the implementation of brownfields site cleanups. Contractors will learn how to better develop cleanup solutions that incorporate ...

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    Innovative Brownfields Characterization and Cleanup Solutions: Training for Small Business Cleanup Contractors

    Monday, December 4, from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    The session is for small businesses that provide technology consulting during the implementation of brownfields site cleanups. Contractors will learn how to better develop cleanup solutions that incorporate innovative strategies and technologies to enable efficient and comprehensive characterization and cleanup of brownfields sites. Contractors with the knowledge and training of innovative methods are more likely to apply and use them at Brownfields sites. **Please see attached flyer for details.**

  • Improving Management of the Brownfields Cleanup Process: Follow the Road Map

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
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    Brownfields grant recipients, who are often non-technical stakeholders, can learn more about the contracting and technical oversight considerations during Brownfields assessments and cleanups in order ...

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    Improving Management of the Brownfields Cleanup Process: Follow the Road Map

    Monday, December 4, from 09:00 am to 10:30 am
    Lecture Room 406
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    Brownfields grant recipients, who are often non-technical stakeholders, can learn more about the contracting and technical oversight considerations during Brownfields assessments and cleanups in order to achieve faster and more successful cleanups, become more involved in site decision making and keep projects moving forward. By learning more about innovative strategies and technologies, and how to promote their use through the procurement process, grantees will be able to leverage contracts for innovative methods and maximize the use of grant monies effectively and efficiently. **Please see attached flyer for details.**

  • Properties and Places – Mapping Applications and Data Sources

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    Mapping properties and grant jurisdictions alongside surface features using publically available mapping tools or private geographic information systems (GIS) can assist in understanding site issues ...

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    Properties and Places – Mapping Applications and Data Sources

    Monday, December 4, from 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm
    Room 315/316
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    Mapping properties and grant jurisdictions alongside surface features using publically available mapping tools or private geographic information systems (GIS) can assist in understanding site issues and their context in the natural and built environments. This panel session will provide an overview of mapping tools, information sources, and data layers that are readily available on the web and popular for use in brownfield project applications and revitalization activities. We’ll then take a deep dive into EPA’s web application: Cleanups in My Community to show how layering additional information (air and water monitoring stations, Congressional Districts, flood and sea level rise zones, etc.) alongside Brownfields, Superfund, RCRA Corrective Action and other contaminated sites may be useful for communities to assess their situation on the ground in order to make decisions and plans that will factor into their community engagement, public assessment, outreach, cleanup and redevelopment planning. Finally, we’ll show how to create digitized boundaries from a variety of sources and how to prepare usable exhibits for environmental covenants by including geographic coordinates of property boundaries or other control areas.

  • 09:00 am - 10:30 am

    Room 319/320

    Powering Up Revitalization of Coal Communities

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    Changes in energy markets have led to drastic declines in coal mine production and the closing or planned closing of hundreds of mines and coal-fired electric power plants, across the United States. ...

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    Powering Up Revitalization of Coal Communities

    Monday, December 4, from 09:00 am to 10:30 am
    Room 319/320
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    Changes in energy markets have led to drastic declines in coal mine production and the closing or planned closing of hundreds of mines and coal-fired electric power plants, across the United States. Coal communities must not only deal with these massive and complex brownfield sites, but also the challenges that come with distressed economic, employment, and socio-economic circumstances in these struggling places. This workshop will convene experts in coal-community revitalization to explain how reuse planning, partnership-building, technical know-how, and the leveraging of resources can help coal communities reinvent their economies with new uses. The workshop will focus on technical tools for complex sites, the challenge of finding appropriate and creative reuses for large scale sites and in regional economies in transition, tactics for leveraging funding, the promise of the federal POWER initiative and other valuable tools, and case study examples. The workshop will also convey tips and strategies from Power Plant Brownfields Revitalization Guidance’s issued by U.S. EPA's Brownfields & Land Revitalization office.

  • 01:00 pm - 03:30 pm

    Room 319/320
    Speaker(s):
    Mary Hashem

    Financing in Development

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    One of the biggest challenges for most brownfield deals is putting together the project funding. Where does the money come from? How much do you need and when? The feds don’t have all the money, ...

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    Financing in Development

    Monday, December 4, from 01:00 pm to 03:30 pm
    Room 319/320
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    One of the biggest challenges for most brownfield deals is putting together the project funding. Where does the money come from? How much do you need and when? The feds don’t have all the money, strategies or tools you need for your revitalization goals. In fact, most projects require much more than an EPA grant to get from start to finish. This session will provide a basic overview of real estate financing, how traditional real estate deals are funded and what makes brownfields different; an introduction to finance terms; the role of debt and equity; private vs. public sources of funds; understanding the capital stack.
    Speaker(s):
    Mary Hashem

  • 12:45 pm - 03:45 pm


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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    ***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.

  • 01:00 pm - 03:30 pm

    Lecture Room 407
    Speaker(s):
    Julie Kilgore

    All Appropriate Inquiries, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Reports – What Do They Mean? What Should I Do?

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    This training will assist community officials and interested brownfields stakeholders in understanding what “all appropriate inquiries” and Phase I environmental site assessments are and why they ...

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    All Appropriate Inquiries, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Reports – What Do They Mean? What Should I Do?

    Monday, December 4, from 01:00 pm to 03:30 pm
    Lecture Room 407
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    This training will assist community officials and interested brownfields stakeholders in understanding what “all appropriate inquiries” and Phase I environmental site assessments are and why they are important to brownfields transactions. The training also will assist community officials and stakeholders in determining how to find and hire an experienced contractor to conduct AAI and Phase I assessments. The training also will teach you how to read an interpret Phase I environment site assessment reports and how to evaluate what to do next. For additional details, please see the attached flyer.
    Speaker(s):
    Julie Kilgore

  • 09:00 am - 03:30 pm

    Speaker(s):
    Paul Zovic

    Performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, All Appropriate Inquiries, the ASTM E1527-13 Standard, and Environmental Due Diligence – An Official ASTM Technical Training

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
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    ***Please note – this training is fee-based; registration details are below*** Please join us for this full day course available from ASTM. This Focused 1-day Course will: • ...

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    Performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, All Appropriate Inquiries, the ASTM E1527-13 Standard, and Environmental Due Diligence – An Official ASTM Technical Training

    Monday, December 4, from 09:00 am to 03:30 pm

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    ***Please note – this training is fee-based; registration details are below*** Please join us for this full day course available from ASTM. This Focused 1-day Course will: • Discuss the importance of environmental due diligence in the context of commercial real estate transactions • Provide an overview of the bona fide prospective purchaser defense to CERCLA liability and the importance of All Appropriate Inquiries in real estate transactions • Instruct participants on the use of the ASTM E1527-13 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standard Practice to comply with the All Appropriate Inquiries regulatory requirements. • Provide an overview of the changes to the E1527 standard since passage of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act and the promulgation of the All Appropriate Inquiries Regulation. This is an official ASTM technical training being offered at an extremely discounted rate of $495 as a special for the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference. To take advantage of this special offer, all participants in this course must register and pay directly with ASTM. Please follow registration instructions on the attached flyer.
    Speaker(s):
    Paul Zovic

  • 09:00 am - 06:00 pm

    Room 411

    The Third Sino-America Land Engineering Cooperation Conference

    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    In recent decades, the Chinese government has launched actions to enhance ecology environment, improve soil quality as well as introduce and popularize relevant advanced technologies and equipment. ...

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    The Third Sino-America Land Engineering Cooperation Conference

    Monday, December 4, from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
    Room 411
    Pre-Conference Training Workshops
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    In recent decades, the Chinese government has launched actions to enhance ecology environment, improve soil quality as well as introduce and popularize relevant advanced technologies and equipment. The United States has played a key role in defining standards and successful strategies and methods for environmental remediation. ICMA and Shaanxi Land Engineering Construction Group have partnered to create a platform to advance land management and environment remediation in both China and U.S. This pre-conference session provides an opportunity to discuss latest methods and approaches, standards and testing, analysis, and processes required to support land revitalization. Experts from U.S and China will provide lesson learns, best practices and challenges in regards to the evolution of land revitalization. ***Registration for this event is separate.*** Please register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BF2017Chinese
  • Tuesday, December 5


  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Speaker(s):
    Rodney Carson

    Using Big Data Analytics in Support of Your Redevelopment Efforts

    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Big data is all the rage and a growing number of communities are using advanced analytic tools to make sense of what the numbers mean. Learn how some communities are using analytics as part of the ...

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    Using Big Data Analytics in Support of Your Redevelopment Efforts

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Big data is all the rage and a growing number of communities are using advanced analytic tools to make sense of what the numbers mean. Learn how some communities are using analytics as part of the their redevelopment planning processes.
    Speaker(s):
    Rodney Carson

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Room 401/402

    The Leveraging Game

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Through an interactive game and discussion, learn how to piece together the best incentives and financing programs for a redevelopment project. Many nuances exist between various types of federal, state, ...

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    The Leveraging Game

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 401/402
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Through an interactive game and discussion, learn how to piece together the best incentives and financing programs for a redevelopment project. Many nuances exist between various types of federal, state, and local incentives and it is important to understand how they function (or not function) together. Through discussion, teamwork, and compromise, each table will work through a scenario with the end goal being to reach a successful development, overcoming potential roadblocks. Combining the creative thinking and problem solving skills of the colleagues at your table, can your roundtable find a feasible solution?

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Speaker(s):
    Heather Worthington

    Leadership Lessons from Complex Superfund Projects

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Revitalizing brownfield sites is a complex process, not only because contaminants need to be carefully removed from the site, but because property owners need to navigate relationships with regulatory ...

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    Leadership Lessons from Complex Superfund Projects

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Revitalizing brownfield sites is a complex process, not only because contaminants need to be carefully removed from the site, but because property owners need to navigate relationships with regulatory agencies at the state, regional and national levels. Learn through Presenter Heather Worthington’s experience as the lead on the cleanup and redevelopment of the largest Superfund site in Minnesota, a 427-acre parcel of a former U.S. Army ammunition plant, which is still in progress. Join the discussion of how, as leaders, we can direct large, complex projects like brownfield redevelopments and not get bogged down in the politics of navigating regulatory agencies.
    Speaker(s):
    Heather Worthington

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Room 319/320

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    Cultivating Healthfields

    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    “Healthfields” are the safe reuse of potentially contaminated properties into health clinics, gardens, grocery stores, and other amenities that improve community health. The Land Reuse Toolkits ...

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    Cultivating Healthfields

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 319/320
    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    “Healthfields” are the safe reuse of potentially contaminated properties into health clinics, gardens, grocery stores, and other amenities that improve community health. The Land Reuse Toolkits were created for community champions, municipal managers, planners, environmental and health professionals, and developers to help emphasize a Healthfields approach to redevelopment. Learn from Brownfields experts and supporters of a national conversation around Healthfields regarding projects and approaches that emphasize economic and health benefits of health-focused redevelopment.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Speaker(s):
    John Davies

    Mobilizing Community Support for Brownfield Projects

    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    A well‐thought out, strategic community relations and grassroots program can mobilize public support for a large brownfield project. Attendees will learn how utilize community relations and grassroots ...

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    Mobilizing Community Support for Brownfield Projects

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    A well‐thought out, strategic community relations and grassroots program can mobilize public support for a large brownfield project. Attendees will learn how utilize community relations and grassroots programs to mobilize public support, overcome community opposition, and win a permit approval.
    Speaker(s):
    John Davies

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Speaker(s):
    Lisa Voyce

    Superfund "Clean" may not be Clean Enough

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    How does Superfund remedial decision making work? What is the role risk assessment plays in those decisions? How that process compares to state program requirements and cleanup standards? These variances ...

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    Superfund "Clean" may not be Clean Enough

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    How does Superfund remedial decision making work? What is the role risk assessment plays in those decisions? How that process compares to state program requirements and cleanup standards? These variances creates a potential gap between what EPA may consider clean vs. what a developer needs to develop a Superfund or DOD Brownfields site. Let's discuss how this can impact on the feasibility of redeveloping a Brownfields site, be it an EPA, private Responsible Party or DOD lead site.
    Speaker(s):
    Lisa Voyce

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 304/305

    Navigating the Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Without thoughtful policies in place, widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could lead to additional urban sprawl, as commuters can use the additional driving time to engage in other activities ...

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    Navigating the Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 304/305
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Without thoughtful policies in place, widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could lead to additional urban sprawl, as commuters can use the additional driving time to engage in other activities (such as work), potentially having a significant impact on urban brownfield redevelopment. Key issues we will address include how AVs may impact the demand for redeveloping brownfields, how policymakers can potentially incentivize brownfield redevelopment in anticipation of widespread use of AVs, and how municipalities and relevant stakeholders can capitalize on the potentially positive impacts of AVs with respect to more efficient, sustainable land use.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Room 408/409/410

    Redeveloping Ohio River Valley Steel Mills

    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    A Pittsburgh-area native is taking risks, realizing early successes, and has multi-million dollar plans to convert abandoned steel mills and a coal-fired power plant into productive facilities to host ...

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    Redeveloping Ohio River Valley Steel Mills

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 408/409/410
    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    A Pittsburgh-area native is taking risks, realizing early successes, and has multi-million dollar plans to convert abandoned steel mills and a coal-fired power plant into productive facilities to host and support the oil and gas industry. Come to this session to hear about material reclamation, cleanup and restoration activities of a former power plant in the region, and the redevelopment of the three former steel sites. Learn why these properties are ideally suited for the region’s booming oil and gas market. Hear from a nationally renowned brownfield redevelopment expert on how these complicated brownfields are being addressed and remediated. Find out what improvements are necessary to prepare these properties for new economic development purposes and learn more about these unique industries and potential incentives programs from JobsOhio’s Director of Energy and Petrochemicals.

  • Driving Green Infrastructure Forward: A Tale of Two PA Cities

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The Cities of Lancaster and Carlisle are on the forefront of Green Stormwater Infrastructure technology. Join the conversation on how the City of Lancaster’s Green Infrastructure Plan and stormwater ...

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    Driving Green Infrastructure Forward: A Tale of Two PA Cities

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 408/409/410
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The Cities of Lancaster and Carlisle are on the forefront of Green Stormwater Infrastructure technology. Join the conversation on how the City of Lancaster’s Green Infrastructure Plan and stormwater management policies and ordinances have guided the redevelopment of Norfolk-Southern’s Dillerville Yard. Hear how innovative Green Infrastructure technology is being used in the redevelopment of the former International Auto Components Plant and the former Carlisle Tire and Wheel sites in Carlisle to mitigate stormwater impacts on an Environmental Justice community, and to satisfy stormwater permitting/approval requirements.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 413/414/415

    Making Brownfields Great Again: We've Got Issues!

    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Join us for a positively focused but “no holds barred” analysis of the legal, technical, policy, economic and real estate development hurdles remaining to unlock the power of brownfield ...

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    Making Brownfields Great Again: We've Got Issues!

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 413/414/415
    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Join us for a positively focused but "no holds barred" analysis of the legal, technical, policy, economic and real estate development hurdles remaining to unlock the power of brownfield redevelopment across the United States. The discussion will provide concrete examples of the existing barriers to redeveloping complex brownfield sites from a number of perspectives, including the view from corporate owners, environmental lawyers, environmental technical stakeholders and communities. The session speakers will also discuss a comprehensive strategy for brownfield redevelopment policy reforms.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Room 315/316

    Grants + Financing + Local Tools = Community Revitalization

    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 and state agencies can provide funding and loans for remediation, infrastructure, ...

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    Grants + Financing + Local Tools = Community Revitalization

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 315/316
    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 and state agencies can provide funding and loans for remediation, infrastructure, economic development, arts and culture, park amenities, and other priorities. Private financers offer access to capital markets that can help fill project gaps. Local governments also possess a number of tools to advance restoration efforts. Using the examples of Dubuque, Iowa and Springfield, Missouri, learn how communities move beyond their EPA Brownfields support and put together comprehensive strategies that can help to bankroll revitalization initiatives.

  • Rural Revitalization: From Deteriorating Coal Town to Hip Tourist Destination

    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Thomas, WV is a thriving tourist destination with art galleries, eclectic boutiques, quaint eateries, live music venues, and even a local brewery—but it hasn’t always been that way for this rural ...

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    Rural Revitalization: From Deteriorating Coal Town to Hip Tourist Destination

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 317/318
    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Thomas, WV is a thriving tourist destination with art galleries, eclectic boutiques, quaint eateries, live music venues, and even a local brewery—but it hasn’t always been that way for this rural town of only 600 residents. Just ten years ago, Thomas was abandoned by the coal and timber industries and left lined with dilapidated buildings and environmental liabilities. By engaging local artists and business owners who take pride in their community’s rich history, the town has successfully coordinated brownfields assessment, remediation, and redevelopment efforts to turn liabilities into assets. Learn how even a small town in rural America can make a big impact with limited resources and a lot of creative energy. This session will provide tools for effective community engagement and inspire you to involve your own community—regardless of the size—for brownfield redevelopment success.

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Room 403/404/405

    A Greener Path to the Landfills: Reuse of the Native Fill

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    In majority of projects involving excavation, the excavated material ends up in a landfill. Unfortunately, this is not a sustainable practice because it adds a significant volume of material to the ...

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    A Greener Path to the Landfills: Reuse of the Native Fill

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 403/404/405
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    In majority of projects involving excavation, the excavated material ends up in a landfill. Unfortunately, this is not a sustainable practice because it adds a significant volume of material to the landfills also the native fill will be taken out of natural biogeochemical cycle of rock formation. To reduce the volume of solid waste shipped to the landfills, states and regulatory agencies have considered reusing dry, non-hazardous material such as asphalt grindings, roofing shingles, coal bottom and fly ash, dredge material, etc. as fill, structural base or similar purposes. Join the discussion on regulatory challenges involved in the disposal and reuse of different materials based on the generation source and learn about potential new approaches to traditional transportation and disposal (T&D) methods.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 319/320

    Partnering for Resiliency and Impact

    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    As government budgets are diminished and EPA Brownfields grants become highly competitive, it is critical to design programs that are resistant to these economic uncertainties. The City of Houston’s ...

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    Partnering for Resiliency and Impact

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 319/320
    Panel Discussions
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    As government budgets are diminished and EPA Brownfields grants become highly competitive, it is critical to design programs that are resistant to these economic uncertainties. The City of Houston’s Brownfields Redevelopment Program (BRP) is rooted in community engagement to both effectively serve communities in need and to leverage continued funding. Through its partnership with the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC), a local non-profit, the BRP and FWCRC have conducted a brownfields-focused strategic plan to revitalize a cultural arts district along the community’s main transit corridor using little to no EPA funding. The plan simultaneously promotes the mission and priorities of the BRP while advancing FWCRC’s mission to remove blight, promote economic development, minimize gentrification, and improve the quality of life of Fifth Ward residents.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Speaker(s):
    Susan McMahon

    Turning Stage Fright into Success

    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    In underserved communities there is often a lack of developers willing to take on a brownfield project. In rural communities in southeastern Vermont, arts organizations have taken the lead in redeveloping ...

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    Turning Stage Fright into Success

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    In underserved communities there is often a lack of developers willing to take on a brownfield project. In rural communities in southeastern Vermont, arts organizations have taken the lead in redeveloping brownfields. By utilizing two recent brownfield redevelopment examples – New England Youth Theatre and Main Street Arts – this learning lounge will discuss why arts organizations are well suited as unlikely developers through their access to more diverse sources of capital and their creative problem solving.
    Speaker(s):
    Susan McMahon

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Lecture Room 406

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Around the World in 60 Minutes with Brownfields Redevelopment

    Panel Discussions
    International Track

     

    Today, the reactivation of fallow land offers cities the chance to ease pressure on available land, encourage economic development, and enhance quality of life by repairing the environmental impact ...

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    Around the World in 60 Minutes with Brownfields Redevelopment

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Panel Discussions
    International Track
    Today, the reactivation of fallow land offers cities the chance to ease pressure on available land, encourage economic development, and enhance quality of life by repairing the environmental impact and enhancing the attractiveness of abandoned or underutilized areas. Organized by the German Marshall Fund and the Center for Creative Land Recycling, this session will feature speakers from Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. for an in-depth discussion of how cities and countries around the world are approaching brownfields redevelopment. The presentations will guide the audience through a deep dive into the approaches that Bottrop, Germany; Utrecht, the Netherlands; and cities in the U.K. and China are using to redevelop contaminated and underutilized former industrial sites.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Room 413/414/415

    Equity Crowdfunding: Everyone Owns Revitalization

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Equity based crowdfunding is the newest revitalization financing tool available to developers and where everyday people can actually own the change in their community. Join two real estate crowdfunding ...

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    Equity Crowdfunding: Everyone Owns Revitalization

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 413/414/415
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Equity based crowdfunding is the newest revitalization financing tool available to developers and where everyday people can actually own the change in their community. Join two real estate crowdfunding platforms to learn about the basics of equity based crowdfunding and contribute your thoughts on how it can be used to catalyze redevelopment. If your projects and development partners struggle to structure financing for a great site, this session should be for you.

  • Measuring Progress towards Resiliency & Livability

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Public decisions on expenditures should be based on some type of evaluation of benefits and costs, to the greatest possible extent. Adaptation projects to protect against flooding made worse over time ...

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    Measuring Progress towards Resiliency & Livability

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 403/404/405
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Public decisions on expenditures should be based on some type of evaluation of benefits and costs, to the greatest possible extent. Adaptation projects to protect against flooding made worse over time by climate change, as well as brownfield redevelopment projects can be expensive, and the public would like to know whether such investments are cost-effective. Case studies will be discussed by panelists on the Coastal Assessment Resiliency Plan underway in the Town of East Hampton, NY (Montauk Point area) as well as the Social Impact Assessment Model case study of brownfields developments in Wilmington, DE. For each case study, panelists with explain how project impacts were measured, and how such measurements are informing decisions. A key takeaway for participants will be better understanding of how measurements of benefits from our policy implementation projects are received and used by policy-makers and the public, in times when scientific methods of measurement are met with skepticism.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Speaker(s):
    Ronald Wienckoski

    Attachments:
    BF2017_Somerville-RJW

    Heal a Stream, Attract Brownfields TOD

    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Near the Somerville, NJ train station is a 0.4-mile garbage-strewn stream which bisects many brownfields properties. The restoration of this Raritan River tributary and associated wetlands, known locally ...

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    Heal a Stream, Attract Brownfields TOD

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Near the Somerville, NJ train station is a 0.4-mile garbage-strewn stream which bisects many brownfields properties. The restoration of this Raritan River tributary and associated wetlands, known locally as the Green Seam project, will provide 14 acres of much-needed open space to a densely populated, built-out community. Learn how the City’s Green Seam restoration project has sparked developer interest in brownfields revitalization, including the construction of upscale apartments on a former fuel oil site and the mixed use residential, retail and public space transit-oriented development adjacent to the train station.
    Speaker(s):
    Ronald Wienckoski

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Speaker(s):
    James Snook

    Kickstart ASTM Greener Cleanup Projects

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Application of Steps 1&2 of ASTM’s Standard Guide for Greener Cleanup demonstrate how to assess, prioritize, and select from a list of more than 100 best management practices (BMPs) for a Brownfield ...

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    Kickstart ASTM Greener Cleanup Projects

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Application of Steps 1&2 of ASTM’s Standard Guide for Greener Cleanup demonstrate how to assess, prioritize, and select from a list of more than 100 best management practices (BMPs) for a Brownfield Site. The interactive Q&A will discuss goals, ideas, and scenarios of how to apply greener cleanup BMPs to almost any site’s remediation or sustainable development project.
    Speaker(s):
    James Snook

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Room 403/404/405

    Enhancing Redevelopment and Livability in High Density Urban Environments

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Explore the topic of brownfields and redevelopment with two experts in the field of landscape architecture (one international, one local) that focus on bringing communities, stakeholders, and urban ...

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    Enhancing Redevelopment and Livability in High Density Urban Environments

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 403/404/405
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Explore the topic of brownfields and redevelopment with two experts in the field of landscape architecture (one international, one local) that focus on bringing communities, stakeholders, and urban decision makers together to improve urban livability. They will discuss the cultural, social, institutional, and physical shifts needed to uncover the value of resources in our cities, like people, water and open space. The roundtable discussion will demonstrate the benefits of collaborative redevelopment and how it enhances the value of a variety of urban ecological, economic and social functions: including prosperity, urban sustainability and livability.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 315/316

    Carrie Furnace: Our History, Everyone's Future

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Located on 168 acres in the Monongahela Valley, Carrie Furnace is a brownfields site that includes a 22-acre National Heritage Site. Formerly a steel mill operated by US Steel, Carrie Furnace employed ...

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    Carrie Furnace: Our History, Everyone's Future

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 315/316
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Located on 168 acres in the Monongahela Valley, Carrie Furnace is a brownfields site that includes a 22-acre National Heritage Site. Formerly a steel mill operated by US Steel, Carrie Furnace employed around 12,000 people, but with the decline of the steel industry, so too declined neighborhood prosperity. The site is in the process of development in accordance with the Pennsylvania Act II Land Recycling Program, and the goal is to build out the site with Light Industrial and Flex Space to turn it back into a place for jobs in the region. Carrie Furnace is the result of the amalgamation of community, heritage, and the region’s shared work ethic.

  • EPA and State Partnerships to Address Cleanup Liability Concerns

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    The EPA has a variety of enforcement tools and approaches that may be available to parties to address federal and state cleanup liability concerns and support the acquisition of contaminated, potentially ...

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    EPA and State Partnerships to Address Cleanup Liability Concerns

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 304/305
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    The EPA has a variety of enforcement tools and approaches that may be available to parties to address federal and state cleanup liability concerns and support the acquisition of contaminated, potentially contaminated, and formerly contaminated properties for cleanup and reuse. With a focus on the use of Prospective Purchaser Agreements (PPAs) at RCRA sites, particularly at the Sparrows Point facility in Baltimore Harbor, speakers will discuss how collaborative efforts to redevelop contaminated sites can lead to significant economic benefits, including the creation of new jobs, for local communities.

  • Using Site-Specific EPA Tools to Address Liability Concerns and Move Properties to Productive Reuse

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Despite the self-implementing landowner liability protections under CERCLA, parties may be hesitant to move forward with acquisition of contaminated, potentially contaminated, and formerly contaminated ...

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    Using Site-Specific EPA Tools to Address Liability Concerns and Move Properties to Productive Reuse

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Despite the self-implementing landowner liability protections under CERCLA, parties may be hesitant to move forward with acquisition of contaminated, potentially contaminated, and formerly contaminated properties due to perceived liability concerns posed by cleanup requirements to identify, assess, and clean up waste. In these instances, the EPA and states may be able to provide an additional level of “comfort” to parties by utilizing a variety of tools, including site-specific “comfort/status letters” and settlement agreements. This learning lounge session will provide examples of recently-finalized EPA comfort/status letters and settlement agreements and will stress the positive site-specific redevelopment results, including increased employment opportunities, being realized at those properties. Further, EPA’s partnership with states in moving properties toward productive reuse will be highlighted.
    Speaker(s):
    Cyndy Mackey

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Speaker(s):
    Helena Healy

    Support Federal, Act Local: Addressing Cleanup Liability Concerns of Local Governments

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Local governments and States play a unique role in the cleanup of contaminated sites. Focusing on the latest developments in efforts to address local government liability concerns, learn about available ...

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    Support Federal, Act Local: Addressing Cleanup Liability Concerns of Local Governments

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Local governments and States play a unique role in the cleanup of contaminated sites. Focusing on the latest developments in efforts to address local government liability concerns, learn about available EPA resources to assist local governments in the cleanup of contaminated sites, including the Revitalization Handbook, the Local Government Fact Sheet, and the Prepared Workbook: Process for Risk Evaluation, Property Analysis, and Reuse Decisions. Local governments and States will be asked to voice challenges and express potential solutions to obstacles encountered in addressing cleanup liability concerns.
    Speaker(s):
    Helena Healy

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Room 401/402

    The Impact of Emerging Contaminants on Brownfields Projects

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Emerging contaminants – substances, chemicals, or materials that are not currently regulated but that have pathways to enter the environment and have the potential to cause harm to human health and ...

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    The Impact of Emerging Contaminants on Brownfields Projects

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 401/402
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Emerging contaminants – substances, chemicals, or materials that are not currently regulated but that have pathways to enter the environment and have the potential to cause harm to human health and the environment – have the potential to significantly impact brownfields sites. The scientific community, industry leaders, and regulatory agencies are working to address substances such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products (PCPs), and endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOAS). Several States are developing their own programs and EPA has established health advisories. At brownfields sites, pending and future regulations of emerging contaminants can threaten already granted liability releases and result in long-term liability exposure to what are otherwise assumed to be long-since remediated sites. Explore where and when emerging contaminants might become issues at brownfield sites, and the possible techniques available to reduce the risks to brownfield transaction stakeholders. In addition, emerging contaminant cleanup enforcement, existing statutory and regulatory hurdles, novel approaches, and potential solutions and other enforcement tools currently available, will be discussed.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 401/402
    Speaker(s):
    Blase Leven, Kelly Gorini

    A-HA! Get Genius Help with Brownfields Databases

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Want your own FREE, secure database to gather and store site information, generate maps, enforce codes and regulations, report assessment and cleanup accomplishments to EPA and meet public notice requirements? ...

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    A-HA! Get Genius Help with Brownfields Databases

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 401/402
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Want your own FREE, secure database to gather and store site information, generate maps, enforce codes and regulations, report assessment and cleanup accomplishments to EPA and meet public notice requirements? You are in luck! Brownfields Inventory Tool (BIT) and EPA ACRES (Assessment, Cleanup & Redevelopment Exchange System) database experts from cities, tribes, states and nonprofits will lead small breakout groups to will personally show you how to do this. Bring your laptop or smartphone to learn and exchange tips with the experts!

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Speaker(s):
    Briana Grosicki

    Data-Based Approaches to Community-Powered Revitalization

    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Today, new approaches to surveying using smartphones and other new technologies have the capability to expand opportunities for community involvement, foster collaboration in shaping land use decisions, ...

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    Data-Based Approaches to Community-Powered Revitalization

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Today, new approaches to surveying using smartphones and other new technologies have the capability to expand opportunities for community involvement, foster collaboration in shaping land use decisions, and efficiently produce extensive data sets. This session dives into four unique models emblematic of this trend: Detroit Historic Resource Survey, Indiana Blight Mitigation Survey, Relocal, and ScoutMuncie. Attendees will learn techniques for forming effective partnerships across fields; discover data collection techniques for integrating preservation into blight and demolition strategies; and come away with ideas for how 21st century surveys can support placemaking, land use, blight mitigation, and preservation strategies using new technology and meaningful community involvement.
    Speaker(s):
    Briana Grosicki

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Lecture Room 406
    Speaker(s):
    Christopher De Sousa

    Brownfields North of the Border (Ontario)

    Learning Lounge
    International Track

     

    We start with a basic overview of the regulatory regime governing brownfields remediation and redevelopment in Canada. Then, we take a deeper look at how Ontario’s voluntary cleanup program has been ...

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    Brownfields North of the Border (Ontario)

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Learning Lounge
    International Track
    We start with a basic overview of the regulatory regime governing brownfields remediation and redevelopment in Canada. Then, we take a deeper look at how Ontario’s voluntary cleanup program has been working since it was revamped in 2004. See how site assessment and cleanup has unfolded in urban and rural jurisdictions throughout the province, what type of development Toronto and a few smaller cities have seen, and how the private sector is responding. Come and see what more pressure on growth and less on cleanup could do to your brownfields.
    Speaker(s):
    Christopher De Sousa

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Speaker(s):
    James Peters

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    The Nighttime Economy and Redevelopment

    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Sociability accelerates economic development. Building a vibrant and safe nighttime economy for people to gather in bars, restaurants, pop up bazaars, food markets, theaters and more provides a substantial ...

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    The Nighttime Economy and Redevelopment

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Sociability accelerates economic development. Building a vibrant and safe nighttime economy for people to gather in bars, restaurants, pop up bazaars, food markets, theaters and more provides a substantial economic and employment boost. Proper management of the “other 9 to 5” attracts the talented workforce, students and faculty needed for innovation and sustainable businesses, and reduces the risk of crime and disorder often associated with the density of people in social districts.
    Speaker(s):
    James Peters

  • Key Strategies to Tackle Tough Sites

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Does your community’s vision for transforming brownfield sites face daunting challenges? Addressing serious contamination levels, abandoned or obsolete structures in need of demolition, major ...

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    Key Strategies to Tackle Tough Sites

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 304/305
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Does your community's vision for transforming brownfield sites face daunting challenges? Addressing serious contamination levels, abandoned or obsolete structures in need of demolition, major new infrastructure needs, long-standing issues in the surrounding area, etc. is extremely difficult. Join the conversation around how to engage the community over the long-term, develop an action-oriented brownfield reuse plan, use the plan to tackle challenges in a step-by-step approach, and secure a variety of funding sources. Learn how these and other brownfields area-wide planning approaches can help you develop wins, even when everything is a challenge.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 301/302
    Speaker(s):
    Charlie Bartsch

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Bringing the Federal "Green" to Brownfields

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Federal program finance basics take on a new urgency this year, in the face of shrinking resources and development challenges. But vital resources, beyond EPA, are still available if you know where ...

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    Bringing the Federal "Green" to Brownfields

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 301/302
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Federal program finance basics take on a new urgency this year, in the face of shrinking resources and development challenges. But vital resources, beyond EPA, are still available if you know where to look and how to make the brownfield "fit.” Come learn the “where” and “how” of current federal funding that you can package and leverage to get your brownfields project underway, and moving towards completion.
    Speaker(s):
    Charlie Bartsch

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Room 301/302

    Meet the Deal Makers : Successful Revolving Loan Fund Programs:

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development

     

    Successful implementation of the EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund program by the grant recipients involves well executed administrative, programmatic, and finance related activities. The session ...

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    Meet the Deal Makers : Successful Revolving Loan Fund Programs:

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 301/302
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Successful implementation of the EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund program by the grant recipients involves well executed administrative, programmatic, and finance related activities. The session will focus on the financial management aspects of the RLF program. It will highlight successful financial practices to help cross-pollinate ideas and improve the performance of the RLF grant recipients. We will focus on Bridge Loans; Flexible Finance Tools; Leveraging Various Funding Sources; and Serving Niche Markets.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Room 319/320

    The Mill Hill Kids - Determined to Succeed

    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Passion, commitment, partnerships and leveraging are integral to the Town of Pelzer. Discover how this small town, with a population of less than 90 people, came together to establish a non-profit preservation ...

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    The Mill Hill Kids - Determined to Succeed

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 319/320
    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Passion, commitment, partnerships and leveraging are integral to the Town of Pelzer. Discover how this small town, with a population of less than 90 people, came together to establish a non-profit preservation organization, acquired former mill properties that nobody else would touch due to the environmental issues, applied successfully for cleanup grants, and started making significant changes for the community.

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Lecture Room 406

    DE-US.net // Building the City of Tomorrow Network

    Town Hall Meetings
    International Track

     

    DE-US.net is a bilateral network of German and US professionals from practice and science interested in “Building the City of Tomorrow.” DE-US.net supports the exchange of experiences and innovative ...

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    DE-US.net // Building the City of Tomorrow Network

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Town Hall Meetings
    International Track
    DE-US.net is a bilateral network of German and US professionals from practice and science interested in “Building the City of Tomorrow.” DE-US.net supports the exchange of experiences and innovative practices that address blight, brownfields cleanup and reuse, and community revitalization in the US and Germany. The DE-US.net network is open and free for participation. It facilitates easier and better access to expert knowledge and markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Our speakers will present experiences and success stories of US-German collaboration to develop and apply innovative solutions. The audience is invited to share their experience and become involved in further collaboration with Germany.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Room 317/318

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    An Evolving Approach to Brownfield Revitalization

    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    Learn about funding program approaches and challenges in Ohio, and how various funds were assembled to realize redevelopments using brownfield-redevelopment incentives. Get a snapshot view of the history ...

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    An Evolving Approach to Brownfield Revitalization

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 317/318
    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    Learn about funding program approaches and challenges in Ohio, and how various funds were assembled to realize redevelopments using brownfield-redevelopment incentives. Get a snapshot view of the history of the Ohio’s brownfields program, including how it started with the Clean Ohio Fund Program, how it transitioned over to JobsOhio, and the successes and challenges of the various programs. The Clean Ohio Fund Program dedicated to brownfields assessment and cleanup distributed $400 million from 2002 – 2013 and resulted in 386 projects in 127 communities. Discuss Ohio EPA’s changing role in the brownfield redevelopment process as well as the state’s current site redevelopment program approach implemented by JobsOhio and their emphasis on a flexible, accelerated incentives program focused on jobs and private investment.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Speaker(s):
    Kate O'Brien

    Sustaining Momentum: Planning While Doing!

    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    What can you do to keep your community engaged in brownfields redevelopment projects over the long haul? How can you instill a lasting culture and expectation of multi-year project implementation, and ...

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    Sustaining Momentum: Planning While Doing!

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    What can you do to keep your community engaged in brownfields redevelopment projects over the long haul? How can you instill a lasting culture and expectation of multi-year project implementation, and use a variety of creative site activation activities to keep local residents and other stakeholders involved over time while the bricks-and-mortar development projects are planned? Groundwork USA will share key strategies to sustain momentum and drive implementation, based on the experiences of EPA brownfields area-wide planning grantees. Come learn how these strategies can be replicated in your community to achieve comparable results!
    Speaker(s):
    Kate O'Brien

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Speaker(s):
    Paul Draus

    A Sociologist on the Brownfield Board: Insights from an Outsider

    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Disconnects between “insiders” and “outsiders” can affect the success and public perception of a brownfields project. Theoretical insights from urban sociology can aid Brownfield Authority Boards ...

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    A Sociologist on the Brownfield Board: Insights from an Outsider

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Disconnects between “insiders” and “outsiders” can affect the success and public perception of a brownfields project. Theoretical insights from urban sociology can aid Brownfield Authority Boards in avoiding potential negative impacts and perceptions. These insights emphasize the need of brownfield boards to employ an inclusive, community-friendly vocabulary and engage more actively with the critical perspectives of sociologists and other outsiders. This session will offer first-hand observations and a theoretical perspective of a professional sociologist - who also serves as a community representative on two Brownfield Authority boards - concerning the processes of brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects and their actual, potential, and perceived impacts on local communities.
    Speaker(s):
    Paul Draus

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Speaker(s):
    Mimi Raygorodetsky

    How to “Profit” from Non-Profits

    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Successful non-profits from within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions will compare and contrast offerings and obstacles in engaging with and assisting communities affected by brownfields. Participants ...

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    How to “Profit” from Non-Profits

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Successful non-profits from within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions will compare and contrast offerings and obstacles in engaging with and assisting communities affected by brownfields. Participants will explore some of the various services provided by non-profits including technical assistance, scholarships, project recognition, educational programs, networking, and deal flow. In addition to the NYC Brownfield Partnership, representatives of the TAB Program for Regions 1, 3 and 4, CABIN, BCONE and the WV Brownfields Assistance Center will attend to share their expertise.
    Speaker(s):
    Mimi Raygorodetsky

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Speaker(s):
    Patrick Kirby

    Til Perpetuity Do us Part

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    The WVLSC, created by state legislation in 2013, promotes productive reuse of underutilized commercial, industrial, and mining properties. The WVLSC is a collaborative effort between the public, private, ...

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    Til Perpetuity Do us Part

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    The WVLSC, created by state legislation in 2013, promotes productive reuse of underutilized commercial, industrial, and mining properties. The WVLSC is a collaborative effort between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to provide West Virginians with a statewide, nonpartisan community and economic development non-profit corporation that helps ensure institutional and engineering controls are maintained in perpetuity. There are 3 programs implemented by the WVLSC: Voluntary Land Stewardship Program, Land Bank, and Site Certification. This session will discuss the successes of the WVLSC model, as well as how other states can replicate it.
    Speaker(s):
    Patrick Kirby

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Speaker(s):
    Jesse Silverstein

    Chasing Butterflies in a Metamorphic Economy

    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    The economy is evolving in new directions regarding workforce utilization, technical advancements, and occupancy needs that can be met with smaller footprints on main street, in neighborhoods, and within ...

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    Chasing Butterflies in a Metamorphic Economy

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    The economy is evolving in new directions regarding workforce utilization, technical advancements, and occupancy needs that can be met with smaller footprints on main street, in neighborhoods, and within commercial districts. The 21st century invites the creation of new business models to adaptively reuse old brownfields sites. Every brownfield needs an exit strategy!
    Speaker(s):
    Jesse Silverstein

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Speaker(s):
    Lee Ilan

    Follow, Like, Share: Social Media & Brownfields

    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Communicating in the 21st Century increasingly involves the use of social media. Government agencies, consultants, environmental attorneys, and entrepreneurs are tweeting about #brownfields and using ...

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    Follow, Like, Share: Social Media & Brownfields

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Learning Lounge
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Communicating in the 21st Century increasingly involves the use of social media. Government agencies, consultants, environmental attorneys, and entrepreneurs are tweeting about #brownfields and using discussion platforms to engage with others in the field and in local communities. From policy discussions to transactional postings, digital platforms provide a dynamic and timely way to share news, generate conversation, and crowdsource opinions. Engage in a lively discussion of brownfields and social media platforms, content generators and audiences, effective messaging techniques, best practices, and new opportunities with experienced social media practitioners from New York City (Lee Ilan), Brownfields Listings (Dan French) and the founder of LinkedIn's Brownfields Redevelopment discussion group (Thomas Wackerman).
    Speaker(s):
    Lee Ilan

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Speaker(s):
    Matt Cochran

    From Waste Lagoon to Fish Hatchery

    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Following construction of a new waste treatment facility in 2004 by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, an older lagoon treatment system was officially terminated. The U.S. EPA’s Office of Brownfields ...

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    From Waste Lagoon to Fish Hatchery

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Following construction of a new waste treatment facility in 2004 by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, an older lagoon treatment system was officially terminated. The U.S. EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Region 5, requested technical assistance to investigate the feasibility of converting the terminated treatment lagoons into a fish hatchery. The analysis found that the Mille Lacs Band property could support fish rearing if specific enhancements were addressed and that the construction of a new building would provide the capacity to produce over one million 1.5” walleye fingerlings. Learn about the steps completed to conduct this analysis, hear the requirements for a fish production facility, and ask questions about converting a waste lagoon to a thriving hatchery.
    Speaker(s):
    Matt Cochran

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Room 315/316

    Fertile Ground for Sprouting Urban Breweries

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Stone Brewing, the nation’s ninth-largest craft brewery, recently opened its east coast brewery on a brownfields site in the city of Richmond, Virginia. As an imperative element of their search for ...

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    Fertile Ground for Sprouting Urban Breweries

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 315/316
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Stone Brewing, the nation’s ninth-largest craft brewery, recently opened its east coast brewery on a brownfields site in the city of Richmond, Virginia. As an imperative element of their search for an east coast site, Stone incorporated a proactive approach that considered the community, the social, industrial and environmental history of the site, building design, and ongoing community involvement and environmental stewardship. With increased interest in craft breweries an opportunity exists to make a difference when deciding how to manage sites and where to locate.

  • 03:15 pm - 04:15 pm

    Room 413/414/415

    The Asarco Globe Plant: from Smelter to Global Distribution

    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    The Asarco Globe Smelter in Denver and Adams Counties, Colorado, had a rich but environmentally complicated history. As a major employer of people from all over the world from the late 1800’s through ...

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    The Asarco Globe Plant: from Smelter to Global Distribution

    Tuesday, December 5, from 03:15 pm to 04:15 pm
    Room 413/414/415
    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    The Asarco Globe Smelter in Denver and Adams Counties, Colorado, had a rich but environmentally complicated history. As a major employer of people from all over the world from the late 1800’s through the 1980’s, its history of metal smelting and refining left a legacy of contamination and legal problems that clouded its future. Almost 20 years in the making, it took creativity, perseverance, and a team of dedicated professionals across public and private sectors to bring this historically important property back to life.

  • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Room 301/302

    Collaborating For Better State Brownfield Programs

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Officials (ASTSWMO) and the Central Appalachian Brownfield Innovation Network (CABIN) invite brownfield professionals to join our town hall meeting ...

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    Collaborating For Better State Brownfield Programs

    Tuesday, December 5, from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
    Room 301/302
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Officials (ASTSWMO) and the Central Appalachian Brownfield Innovation Network (CABIN) invite brownfield professionals to join our town hall meeting to discuss the issues that have impacts on State brownfield redevelopment programs, innovations and collaborations to help us do our jobs better and barriers and opportunities in the future. Speak with peers on state specific topics that might not be discussed elsewhere at the conference. An update on current ASTSWMO happenings and Brownfield Focus Group projects will be provided. Speakers will also highlight the CABIN initiative which crosses EPA Regions to help promote and facilitate brownfield redevelopment in the mountains of Appalachia. U.S. EPA Brownfield staff will also be on hand to field questions from attendees.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 408/409/410

    Municipal Cleanup Innovations and Community Empowerment

    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    Knowing local needs the best, cities have been creative in promoting site cleanup and redevelopment. Cities have accomplished this through municipal innovations, community-based redevelopment in different ...

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    Municipal Cleanup Innovations and Community Empowerment

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 408/409/410
    Panel Discussions
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    Knowing local needs the best, cities have been creative in promoting site cleanup and redevelopment. Cities have accomplished this through municipal innovations, community-based redevelopment in different real estate markets, and a State-run program that helps blighted communities attract investment. Both Rochester, NY and New York City have devised successful strategies to solve local brownfield problems and have championed community-centered approaches to redeveloping brownfields in low-income neighborhoods. At the State level, the Brownfields Opportunity Areas (BOA) program offers grants for community-based, area-wide planning and pre-development assessments - an approach that has been most successful when combined with strong local programs.

  • 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm


    Riverfront Redevelopment: 3 Crossings and Washington's Landing

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    ***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.

  • 12:45 pm - 01:45 pm

    Lecture Room 406
    Speaker(s):
    Conor McGarvey

    Greening at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

    Lunch Talks
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Experience the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLLCC) — the first “green” convention center in the world! The DLLCC leads the way in green facility management, placing sustainability as a ...

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    Greening at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

    Tuesday, December 5, from 12:45 pm to 01:45 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Lunch Talks
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Experience the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLLCC) — the first “green” convention center in the world! The DLLCC leads the way in green facility management, placing sustainability as a top priority and setting the highest standards in efficiency, technology, comfort, and service. Come learn what makes the DLLCC a pioneer in sustainability through its green building design and conservation practices.
    Speaker(s):
    Conor McGarvey

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Lecture Room 407

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    First Timers' Orientation

    Panel Discussions
    Pre-Conference Workshops

     

    New to the National Brownfields Training Conference? This session will help you get the most out of your visit to Pittsburgh, and connect you with longtime brownfields professionals who keep coming ...

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    First Timers' Orientation

    Tuesday, December 5, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Lecture Room 407
    Panel Discussions
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    New to the National Brownfields Training Conference? This session will help you get the most out of your visit to Pittsburgh, and connect you with longtime brownfields professionals who keep coming back to learn the latest in community revitalization practices. The session will feature perspectives from government, consultants and nonprofits, and will share how to make your first experience at the National Brownfields Training Conference the most rewarding. Speakers include: Andrew Seth, President, Sustainable Strategies DC - Moderator; Patricia Overmeyer, Land Revitalization Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Tad McGalliard, Director of Business Development, ICMA; Leah Yasenchak, Owner, BRS Inc.; J.R. Capasso, Brownfields Coordinator, City of Trenton, NJ
  • Wednesday, December 6


  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Room 304/305

    Brownfields and Transportation: Bridging the Past and Connecting the Future

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Pittsburgh has a rich transportation history. The relationship between transportation and brownfields is aptly demonstrated in the Hot Metal Bridge and Station Square East projects. Join us as we examine ...

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    Brownfields and Transportation: Bridging the Past and Connecting the Future

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 304/305
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Pittsburgh has a rich transportation history. The relationship between transportation and brownfields is aptly demonstrated in the Hot Metal Bridge and Station Square East projects. Join us as we examine the critical role the Hot Metal Bridge played in Pittsburgh’s industrial past and rebirth, and examine the role multi-modal transportation is playing in the redevelopment of Station Square East, a classic mixed-use, master planned development.

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Room 413/414/415

    Leveraging and Layering Federal Economic Development Funding and Assistance

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

     

    In 2016, New York University, ICMA, and Jobs for the Future were tasked with developing case studies, tools, and information on communities that have successfully layered more than one federal funding ...

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    Leveraging and Layering Federal Economic Development Funding and Assistance

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 413/414/415
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    In 2016, New York University, ICMA, and Jobs for the Future were tasked with developing case studies, tools, and information on communities that have successfully layered more than one federal funding program to accomplish their economic development project goals. This session will highlight the findings from the case studies.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Speaker(s):
    Rachel Carlson

    Location, Location, Location! Use GIS to Select a Smart Project Site

    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    EPA and the General Services Administration (GSA) worked together to develop the Smart Location Calculator, a new GIS-based tool that compares transportation impacts of a potential site redevelopment ...

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    Location, Location, Location! Use GIS to Select a Smart Project Site

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    EPA and the General Services Administration (GSA) worked together to develop the Smart Location Calculator, a new GIS-based tool that compares transportation impacts of a potential site redevelopment scenario based on multiple location options. Communities, regions and states can use the Smart Location Calculator to make informed decisions about which locations maximize greenhouse gas reductions, transit accessibility, and public health. View the Smart Location Calculator interactive demonstration and hear success stories from the State of California, the Urban Land Institute, EPA, and GSA!
    Speaker(s):
    Rachel Carlson

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Room 401/402
    Speaker(s):
    Michael Senew, Glo Hanne

    Employing Community Residents through Training and Certification

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Training and certification programs for residents can create pathways to local remediation jobs. If a decision is made to move forward, when, where and how should governmental and nonprofit organizations ...

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    Employing Community Residents through Training and Certification

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 401/402
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Training and certification programs for residents can create pathways to local remediation jobs. If a decision is made to move forward, when, where and how should governmental and nonprofit organizations proceed? This session will offer an opportunity for an informal discussion on the feasibility of providing environmental training to community residents.
    Speaker(s):
    Michael Senew Glo Hanne

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Speaker(s):
    John White

    The Sparks Igniting Sustainable Community Revitalization

    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    As an example of a true brownfields success story, the Town of Pulaski’s experience will inspire others to undertake specific steps toward developing a sustainable revitalization program for small ...

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    The Sparks Igniting Sustainable Community Revitalization

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    As an example of a true brownfields success story, the Town of Pulaski’s experience will inspire others to undertake specific steps toward developing a sustainable revitalization program for small communities. Stimulated by its brownfields program, the town is realizing a true renaissance and quickly becoming a regional destination, strengthened by new hope and belief in the future. Explore key factors that contributed to the town’s successful community revitalization, including a group of dedicated champions who cultivated multiple leveraging opportunities and partnerships, layered with community planning, and a long-term vision of a new economic paradigm.
    Speaker(s):
    John White

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Room 401/402

    Multi-Party Remediation Models: Replacing Contentious With Collaborative

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Multi-party sediment remediation sites along waterways are becoming more common; in the northeast, often a contentious process but in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes Region, more collaborative. ...

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    Multi-Party Remediation Models: Replacing Contentious With Collaborative

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 401/402
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Multi-party sediment remediation sites along waterways are becoming more common; in the northeast, often a contentious process but in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes Region, more collaborative. These sites pose unique and challenging issues due to their complex technical, political, historic and cost issues. Let’s collaborate on how to transfer knowledge from one region to others. All participants will be encouraged to share their impressions of what works and why. John Morris of Honeywell will be a guest participant to share the perspective of a remediating party.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Speaker(s):
    Adam Klinger

    Purchasing Power - Renewables on Brownfields

    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Not only has renewable technology advanced in recent years, but the ways in which developers pursue and communities procure renewables has also seen much innovation. Aggregating demand and shared, subscription ...

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    Purchasing Power - Renewables on Brownfields

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Not only has renewable technology advanced in recent years, but the ways in which developers pursue and communities procure renewables has also seen much innovation. Aggregating demand and shared, subscription arrangements are examples of how communities with limited individual capacity or restrictions on siting can take advantage of renewables. As RE-Powering America's Land continues to encourage the reuse of contaminated lands for renewable development, these innovative procurement arrangements can make projects happen that would otherwise not. This learning lounge will present selected procurement arrangements and case studies of where such approaches have been successfully employed. Audience members will gain an understanding of these options and steps to explore them for their communities.
    Speaker(s):
    Adam Klinger

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Speaker(s):
    Chad Farrell

    Unlocking the Potential of Closed Capped Landfills for Solar PV Generation

    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Listen and discuss lessons learned regarding what is necessary to develop and construct community scale solar arrays on closed capped landfills from projects developed by Encore Renewable Energy for ...

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    Unlocking the Potential of Closed Capped Landfills for Solar PV Generation

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Listen and discuss lessons learned regarding what is necessary to develop and construct community scale solar arrays on closed capped landfills from projects developed by Encore Renewable Energy for two Vermont landfills. The information shared will include elements of legislative engagement to help create a regulatory path for these projects, considerations for engaging the local host community to be project champions, thoughts around technical and design parameters, key financing considerations for these complicated projects, and construction-related constraints and considerations.
    Speaker(s):
    Chad Farrell

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Lecture Room 406

    Collaborating Across the Pond: US-Central-Eastern-Europe Land Reuse Working Group

    Town Hall Meetings
    International Track

     

    In 2013, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) launched the BROWN (Brownfields & Reuse Opportunity Working Network) Community Partnerships project. BROWN members offer free ...

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    Collaborating Across the Pond: US-Central-Eastern-Europe Land Reuse Working Group

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Town Hall Meetings
    International Track
    In 2013, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) launched the BROWN (Brownfields & Reuse Opportunity Working Network) Community Partnerships project. BROWN members offer free brownfields technical assistance to seven partnership communities in the US and one partnership with Oradea University in Romania. This partnership shares best practices in brownfields reuse in NATO and non-NATO countries, particularly former military installations. Speakers will discuss plans to launch research forums and trainings across borders and invite participants to provide input and share their own success stories.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Lecture Room 406

    Energiewende: Coal Transition in Germany

    Panel Discussions
    International Track

     

    How can the US learn from Germany’s experience transitioning away from fossil fuels? The U.S. Just Transition Fund recently sent ten people to the coal regions of Germany as guests of the Heinrich ...

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    Energiewende: Coal Transition in Germany

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Panel Discussions
    International Track
    How can the US learn from Germany's experience transitioning away from fossil fuels? The U.S. Just Transition Fund recently sent ten people to the coal regions of Germany as guests of the Heinrich Boll Foundation, the foundation of the Green Party in Germany. The purpose of the trip was to learn about the German transition away from fossil fuels, exploring the impetus behind the movement, the funding, the impacts on people and places, and the target dates for completing this structural change. Discuss what the US learned on addressing the impacts on individuals and communities, the public acceptance and outlook for energy transition and the place Germany plays in the European Union in the structural change. Also learn about alternatives uses for coal plants, coal-damaged regions while preserving the heritage and functionality of the place.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Room 319/320

    Land Banks: What a Great Idea!

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    Originally a tool to reclaim/rehabilitate vacant, abandoned, tax foreclosed properties following the housing foreclosure crisis, local and state governments are learning that Land Banks can also be ...

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    Land Banks: What a Great Idea!

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 319/320
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    Originally a tool to reclaim/rehabilitate vacant, abandoned, tax foreclosed properties following the housing foreclosure crisis, local and state governments are learning that Land Banks can also be used as a redevelopment tool for positive transformation of Brownfield properties. Hear a panel of experts discuss the history of Land Banks, their application in residential redevelopment and how those same principals can be successfully applied to commercial and industrial properties (i.e., Brownfields). In addition to details on how to create a Land Bank, case studies of successfully completed Brownfield projects will be provided, highlighting the use of U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants as a companion tool to the Land Bank tools.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh F

    Transforming Flint’s ‘Chevy in the Hole’ from Industrial Wasteland to Urban Park

    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    The historic automotive manufacturing site is undergoing transformation from a fenced, abandoned RCRA brownfield into an urban park. Located in downtown Flint, Michigan, on the very birthplace of automobile ...

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    Transforming Flint’s ‘Chevy in the Hole’ from Industrial Wasteland to Urban Park

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    The historic automotive manufacturing site is undergoing transformation from a fenced, abandoned RCRA brownfield into an urban park. Located in downtown Flint, Michigan, on the very birthplace of automobile manufacturing, the restored property includes open grasslands, connections to regional trails, views of the Flint River, and 20 acres of the site has been redeveloped into an autonomous vehicle testing track for Kettering University students. The lessons learned at Chevy including phased reuse, managing liability, budgeting, brownfield funding incentives, and building collaborative partnerships can be translated to communities across the nation to help transform large brownfields into community assets.

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Speaker(s):
    Robert Rubinstein

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    The Right Tools for the Project

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

     

    How does one determine which of the various different tools can be used to finance infrastructure improvements? Using the the examples of two large scale brownfield development projects in the city ...

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    The Right Tools for the Project

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Learning Lounge
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    How does one determine which of the various different tools can be used to finance infrastructure improvements? Using the the examples of two large scale brownfield development projects in the city of Pittsburgh, PA learn how to identify funding sources based on project outputs, overcome challenges related to securing Tax Increment Financing debt, and completing the project to its maximum potential.
    Speaker(s):
    Robert Rubinstein

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Lecture Room 406

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Dig it: Global Approaches to Contaminated Soil Reuse

    Panel Discussions
    International Track

     

    Throughout the U.S., redevelopment sites face the challenge of how to manage surplus marginally-to- moderately contaminated soil. The default practice of landfilling surplus soil is neither an efficient ...

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    Dig it: Global Approaches to Contaminated Soil Reuse

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Panel Discussions
    International Track
    Throughout the U.S., redevelopment sites face the challenge of how to manage surplus marginally-to- moderately contaminated soil. The default practice of landfilling surplus soil is neither an efficient nor viable long-term option. Barriers to solving this issue range from statutory changes, to liability protection, to organizing a brokering system for the exchange of these materials. Based in the United Kingdom, CL:AIRE is an non-governmental organization that has developed an innovative Definition of Waste Code of Practice and Register of Materials that has transformed soil reuse. Attend this session to learn more about how CL:AIRE evolved and is working today, remaining challenges, and the applicability to states in the U.S. wrestling with the same challenges.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Room 304/305

    Beyond Compliance: Innovation in Sustainable Remediation

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    “Beyond Compliance” remediation goes beyond accepted best practices. This panel will cover best practices from states, municipalities and consultants, and include spotlights on programs like the ...

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    Beyond Compliance: Innovation in Sustainable Remediation

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 304/305
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    “Beyond Compliance” remediation goes beyond accepted best practices. This panel will cover best practices from states, municipalities and consultants, and include spotlights on programs like the NYC Clean Soil Bank and California’s Green Remediation program.

  • The Redevelopment Rodeo: Episode One, "Big City"

    Town Hall Meetings
    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. Join our panel of “wranglers” who will support municipal and tribal stakeholders with ...

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    The Redevelopment Rodeo: Episode One, "Big City"

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 301/302
    Town Hall Meetings
    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. Join our panel of “wranglers” who will support municipal and tribal stakeholders with actionable ideas and solutions to help move projects forward. This episode of the Rodeo will focus on rural redevelopment projects, and panelists have been selected accordingly for their expertise.

  • The Redevelopment Rodeo: Episode Two, "Small Town"

    Town Hall Meetings
    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. Join our panel of “wranglers” who will support municipal and tribal stakeholders with ...

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    The Redevelopment Rodeo: Episode Two, "Small Town"

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 301/302
    Town Hall Meetings
    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. Join our panel of “wranglers” who will support municipal and tribal stakeholders with actionable ideas and solutions to help move projects forward. This episode of the Rodeo will focus on rural redevelopment projects, and panelists have been selected accordingly for their expertise.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Room 413/414/415

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Many Voices, One Vision for Indianapolis

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    The City of Indianapolis, with the support of property owner RACER Trust, engaged neighborhood and civic groups, elected officials, and other community leaders in a process to identify options for the ...

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    Many Voices, One Vision for Indianapolis

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 413/414/415
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    The City of Indianapolis, with the support of property owner RACER Trust, engaged neighborhood and civic groups, elected officials, and other community leaders in a process to identify options for the optimal reuse of a former General Motors manufacturing property located downtown on the banks of the White River. Armed with evidence of public support that included an extension of a Tax Increment Finance district to cover the property, RACER Trust is now under contract with a buyer who plans to transform the property into a $550 million mixed-use development. This session will highlight the tangible benefits of meaningful and transparent public engagement, and how identifying and addressing concerns before an opportunity is presented to the market, strengthens relationships and builds credibility across constituencies.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Room 317/318

    Slicing the Pie: Everyone Wants a Bigger Piece

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

     

    Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) and Council of Governments (COGs) struggle with equitable community disbursement of Brownfields monies. Communities all want a big piece of the Brownfields pie. ...

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    Slicing the Pie: Everyone Wants a Bigger Piece

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 317/318
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) and Council of Governments (COGs) struggle with equitable community disbursement of Brownfields monies. Communities all want a big piece of the Brownfields pie. This panel will discuss how regional entities in Maine have created transformative programs and maximized public and private partnerships using Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) monies to convert Brownfields from community liabilities into community assets while trying to disburse monies throughout very diverse cities and towns.

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Speaker(s):
    Jennifer Pratt

    From Old Industrial to New Bohemia

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

     

    It is amazing how community came together after a catastrophic natural disaster to transform a declining cultural district and an old industrial center to the #1 destination in the city of Cedar Rapids, ...

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    From Old Industrial to New Bohemia

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Learning Lounge
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    It is amazing how community came together after a catastrophic natural disaster to transform a declining cultural district and an old industrial center to the #1 destination in the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Learn about the financing and economic development tools utilized in this story of transformation of the New Bohemia District. The outcomes of this effort include the recreation of a vibrant walkable urban neighborhood, an entrepreneurial hub, a community market, and the expectation of more to come. As important as the outcomes and expectations is the lesson that, with a call to action, success is achievable as a community.
    Speaker(s):
    Jennifer Pratt

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh C

    Jackson Kayak - A Rural Redevelopment Success Story

    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Jackson Kayak, located in Sparta, TN needed to expand their business. They targeted an empty industrial building 3 miles from their home location, however, there were environmental concerns associated ...

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    Jackson Kayak - A Rural Redevelopment Success Story

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Jackson Kayak, located in Sparta, TN needed to expand their business. They targeted an empty industrial building 3 miles from their home location, however, there were environmental concerns associated with the building that presented expansion challenges. Remaining responsive and adaptive to redevelopment challenges as well as receiving regulatory assistance and incentives were key elements to their progress. Learn how Jackson Kayak, with help from a team of local, regional, state, federal, and private stakeholders, successfully expanded their business into the building, addressing all environmental concerns along the way.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Room 319/320

    Identifying the Right Financing Tools for the Job

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

     

    By evaluating factors such as project location, job creation, and community impact, communities can begin to identify appropriate financing sources for the redevelopment. Learn how to maximize the funding ...

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    Identifying the Right Financing Tools for the Job

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 319/320
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    By evaluating factors such as project location, job creation, and community impact, communities can begin to identify appropriate financing sources for the redevelopment. Learn how to maximize the funding available to a project through tools such as bonds, tax credits, EB-5, and certain federal programs. Speakers will discuss what types of projects are eligible for the financing tools and how they can be used to leverage additional financing.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Room 413/414/415
    Speaker(s):
    Randall Jostes

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Environmental Liability Transfers (ELTs) as Catalysts

    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Transferring environmental liabilities to an outside party is often the catalyst needed to move a brownfield site out of stagnation and back to productive and sustainable reuse. Learn in detail how ...

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    Environmental Liability Transfers (ELTs) as Catalysts

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 413/414/415
    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Transferring environmental liabilities to an outside party is often the catalyst needed to move a brownfield site out of stagnation and back to productive and sustainable reuse. Learn in detail how a properly-formed Environmental Liability Transfer (ELT) will achieve environmental goals faster and more efficiently than traditional “time and materials” remediation. Additionally, this presentation will present a checklist for vetting potential liability transfer firms, and discuss recent case studies where an ELT was utilized for the benefit of multiple parties including local communities.
    Speaker(s):
    Randall Jostes

  • 12:30 pm - 01:30 pm

    Lecture Room 406
    Speaker(s):
    Herbert Dreiseitl

    Singapore: A Long-term Vision and Integrated Approach to Urban Water Resources

    Lunch Talks
    International Track

     

    Explore the struggles and successes working in Singapore to implement a holistic, intelligent, county-wide approach to water management. We will use our case study of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to illustrate ...

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    Singapore: A Long-term Vision and Integrated Approach to Urban Water Resources

    Wednesday, December 6, from 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Lunch Talks
    International Track
    Explore the struggles and successes working in Singapore to implement a holistic, intelligent, county-wide approach to water management. We will use our case study of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to illustrate the environmental, social, and cultural capital gained by converting derelict, utilitarian infrastructure into a renaturalized, functioning river front park. We will also reveal the challenges and ways of implementing pilot projects by addressing public perception and government approval. The session will show how the success of Singapore’s pilot project has global significance in impacting the way designers, government, private and public partnerships, and people interact in the face of urban development and climate adaptation.
    Speaker(s):
    Herbert Dreiseitl

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Room 403/404/405

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Permanently Affordable Housing

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    The vicious cycle of urban decay, to gentrification, to displacement of urban poor is not inevitable. One alternative is the establishment of perpetually affordable housing through community land trusts ...

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    Permanently Affordable Housing

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 403/404/405
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    The vicious cycle of urban decay, to gentrification, to displacement of urban poor is not inevitable. One alternative is the establishment of perpetually affordable housing through community land trusts (CLT). Establishing a CLT is an effective way to respond to the pressures of increased rent and decreased housing unit size and affordability, pressures that commonly force residents to leave. By limiting equity, blending commercial and residential use, and putting constraints on resale value, a CLT can be used as a tool to keep residents in the city. This session will discuss the implications, misconceptions, and implementation of CLTs within the context of New York City.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Speaker(s):
    Thomas Treharne

    Back to Green: Incorporating Biophilic Design

    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Dating back to the first award of EPA Brownfields Assessment funding in 2003, the City of Marion has turned brownfield sites into productive assets to the city. Recent momentum has created an atmosphere ...

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    Back to Green: Incorporating Biophilic Design

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Dating back to the first award of EPA Brownfields Assessment funding in 2003, the City of Marion has turned brownfield sites into productive assets to the city. Recent momentum has created an atmosphere where the city has gathered help from valued private and public partners to help build on their brownfields redevelopment to create a better design for a healthier city. The City of Marion likes to say that “healthy living is in our DNA” and is taking actions to promote a four-pronged approach to their redevelopment and design: Active Living, Active Transportation, Biophilic Design and, the most vital component, Community. Future development and redevelopment will be guided by these major principles to preserve or recreate strategic greenspaces that allows the city to continue to grow in a way that connects with nature, rather than degrades it.
    Speaker(s):
    Thomas Treharne

  • Rock Falls – Contaminated Riverfront to Regional Attractions

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Rock Falls is a small community located in northwest Illinois along the banks of Rock River. The loss and decay of manufacturing left an environmental legacy of contamination and blight. To confront ...

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    Rock Falls – Contaminated Riverfront to Regional Attractions

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 315/316
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Rock Falls is a small community located in northwest Illinois along the banks of Rock River. The loss and decay of manufacturing left an environmental legacy of contamination and blight. To confront the environmental and economic challenges, the City focused on reclaiming its shoreline through Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. Join a discussion centered around a state, federal, and local collaboration, and how this united effort enabled a small, rural town to clean up and redevelop the contaminated riverfront properties and revitalize them into community gems and economic catalyst.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Room 403/404/405

    Transforming South Beloit to be Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable: A Small Town’s Success

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The cleanup and redevelopment of a former foundry in South Beloit, Illinois demonstrates how a small community can design and achieve sustainable transformation utilizing innovative and greener technology. ...

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    Transforming South Beloit to be Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable: A Small Town’s Success

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 403/404/405
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The cleanup and redevelopment of a former foundry in South Beloit, Illinois demonstrates how a small community can design and achieve sustainable transformation utilizing innovative and greener technology. South Beloit has been working with local, state and federal partners to clean up and redevelop the foundry site as an open green space, a regional fire and rescue training facility and a local business parking lot while eliminating environmental threats and blight. Hear how South Beloit has designed and built a healthy, resilient, and sustainable community and discuss how small communities can transform through brownfields.

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Room 401/402

    Dr. Brownfields is in!

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    This two part session begins with researchers from across North America and Europe making concise (2-minute) presentations about their current work. Researchers and members of the audience will then ...

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    Dr. Brownfields is in!

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 401/402
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    This two part session begins with researchers from across North America and Europe making concise (2-minute) presentations about their current work. Researchers and members of the audience will then engage in an interactive discussion to identify research priorities related to brownfields, debate better ways to disseminate results, and exchange ideas about strengthening collaboration among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Speaker(s):
    Anthony Findley

    Abandoned Waterfront to Clean Energy and Eco-Park

    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    ***CANCELLED*** Abandoned and contaminated 185-acres along the New Jersey waterfront with over century of chemical manufacturing was remediated and redeveloped into clean energy natural gas power ...

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    Abandoned Waterfront to Clean Energy and Eco-Park

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    ***CANCELLED*** Abandoned and contaminated 185-acres along the New Jersey waterfront with over century of chemical manufacturing was remediated and redeveloped into clean energy natural gas power plant and Eco-Park. The competing priorities from the various stakeholders for remediation, economic redevelopment, generating new taxes, environmental preservation, green space, and public access to the waterfront required finding a balanced approach that met the needs of everyone.
    Speaker(s):
    Anthony Findley

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Room 317/318

    Gary, Indiana – Using Every Tool in the Toolbox

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

     

    Severe disinvestment in Gary, IN began in the ’70s, taking the form of loss of manufacturing jobs, closing of most retail and restaurants, population loss, and severe drops in land value. This ...

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    Gary, Indiana – Using Every Tool in the Toolbox

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 317/318
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Severe disinvestment in Gary, IN began in the '70s, taking the form of loss of manufacturing jobs, closing of most retail and restaurants, population loss, and severe drops in land value. This left Gary in a difficult position when trying to attract investment. Federal Partners, the City, and the Legacy Foundation joined with local leadership to create plans for future community revitalization which are solidly grounded in practicality, and clearly linked to potential funding sources. These partnerships positioned Gary, IN, for $34.5 million in investment over a four-year period, with much more to come. All of this was based upon 20 years of hard-earned Brownfield lessons from across the country.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Room 408/409/410

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Promoting 21st Century Manufacturing

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    Launched in 2013, the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) is a multi-agency, intergovernmental, public-private partnership effort designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing. ...

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    Promoting 21st Century Manufacturing

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 408/409/410
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    Launched in 2013, the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) is a multi-agency, intergovernmental, public-private partnership effort designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing. Although not developed as a "brownfield" initiative, early IMCP successes have attracted new manufacturing opportunities and jobs to industrial legacy sites. IMCP Communities have linked manufacturing needs to a range of economic redevelopment programs, working in partnership with their states, universities, and training providers, as well as their state and local brownfield teams. Charlie Bartsch (as Senior Adviser for Economic Development at EPA was a key driver in shaping the White House IMCP initiative) will moderate and feature representatives from two IMCP communities (greater Portland (Maine) and Pittsburgh) who will discuss their strategies for linking new manufacturing to former brownfields, and lessons applicable to other communities.

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Speaker(s):
    Benjamin Peotter

    Brownfields Branding: an Attention Grabbing Tool

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

     

    When most people think branding, they think of physical products like Apple or Coca Cola, but branding brownfield sites or corridors are a great way to gain traction with public and private stakeholders ...

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    Brownfields Branding: an Attention Grabbing Tool

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Learning Lounge
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    When most people think branding, they think of physical products like Apple or Coca Cola, but branding brownfield sites or corridors are a great way to gain traction with public and private stakeholders to make the vision become a reality. Through examples of brownfields projects around the country, learn about what branding is, how you can develop a brand for your redevelopment area, and strategies for creating a compelling brand and story to get people to imagine the possibilities instead of simply seeing the past.
    Speaker(s):
    Benjamin Peotter

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Room 408/409/410

    The Rivers Run through Them: Parks and Open Spaces along Our Once Industrial Riverfronts

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    For centuries, our Rivers were the lifeblood of industry, but as the steel and textile mills, manufacturing plants and countless other industrial facilities closed, contaminated and abandoned land was ...

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    The Rivers Run through Them: Parks and Open Spaces along Our Once Industrial Riverfronts

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 408/409/410
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    For centuries, our Rivers were the lifeblood of industry, but as the steel and textile mills, manufacturing plants and countless other industrial facilities closed, contaminated and abandoned land was left behind. Now many of these Riverfronts are being revitalized as not only as public spaces, but ones that incorporate climate adaptation and mitigation. Along the 13 miles of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers in downtown Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Park, is the catalyst for redevelopment of the Pittsburgh Riverfront. Former tanneries, junk yards and industrial sites along the Neponset River and North River in Massachusetts have been brought back to life as parklands and open space. Audience members will learn about parks in Pittsburgh and Massachusetts that were developed on brownfields sites and the unique challenges of creating recreational space on contaminated properties that must also respect the rivers they were built on.

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Room 315/316

    Partnering for Success

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    The West Virginia’s Development Office and Department of Environmental Protection have successfully work together with local authorities to guide new businesses and developers through environmental ...

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    Partnering for Success

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 315/316
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    The West Virginia’s Development Office and Department of Environmental Protection have successfully work together with local authorities to guide new businesses and developers through environmental issues in order to attract companies that might be “scared away” from brownfields sites. When the company selected West Virginia as the location for their second new United States manufacturing facility in 40 years, the collaboration among agencies helped them understand the site conditions, how to address environmental risks, and successfully incorporate remediation efforts into their development plan.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Speaker(s):
    Jack Hoskins

    Strategies for Energy-Resilient Communities

    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    The nation’s energy sector is subject to an increasing number of threats from natural and human events. Greater resilience is required to confront these risks – a comprehensive plan and infrastructure ...

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    Strategies for Energy-Resilient Communities

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The nation's energy sector is subject to an increasing number of threats from natural and human events. Greater resilience is required to confront these risks – a comprehensive plan and infrastructure with the ability to avoid disruptions, minimize impacts, and recover from and adapt to a changing environment. Join us to learn about the technologies, planning and partnership approaches that governments are pursuing to prepare for these challenges.
    Speaker(s):
    Jack Hoskins

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Room 317/318

    From Disaster and Liability to Remediation and Redevelopment

    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    ***Cancelled*** Many liability, legal and technical issues arose from a chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for approximately 300,000 people, resulting in the loss of the public water ...

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    From Disaster and Liability to Remediation and Redevelopment

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 317/318
    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    ***Cancelled*** Many liability, legal and technical issues arose from a chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for approximately 300,000 people, resulting in the loss of the public water supply for more than a week. The responsible company filed bankruptcy and dissolved without remediating the site. The panelists will discuss the challenges for the state environmental regulatory agency to get the release under control to prevent further contamination; reassure the public that the site would not continue to be a source of contamination to drinking water; and navigate the bankruptcy process to ensure assets were available to remediate the site to protect public health and the environment. The environmental consultant will describe the technical difficulties encountered in accomplishing site cleanup and coordinating with the various stakeholders.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Room 304/305

    Changing the Face of Community Engagement

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Are you struggling to find creative ways to reach beyond those familiar faces, to engage more diverse populations often absent from planning conversations? Want to gather feedback from local residents ...

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    Changing the Face of Community Engagement

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 304/305
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Are you struggling to find creative ways to reach beyond those familiar faces, to engage more diverse populations often absent from planning conversations? Want to gather feedback from local residents on a particular issue or decision your organization or community is facing? Learn about the four basic phases of a Neighborhood Voices project, Groundwork USA’s new model for engaging a diverse group of residents in your community planning process, and the ways they can be adapted for your community and the issues you’re facing.

  • Setting the Stage for Revitalization with Future Resiliency Planning

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Communities are faced with brownfield issues in areas such as flood plains, stormwater infrastructure and pathways, historic fills, and structure reuse vs demolition. These days it is important to take ...

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    Setting the Stage for Revitalization with Future Resiliency Planning

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 408/409/410
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Communities are faced with brownfield issues in areas such as flood plains, stormwater infrastructure and pathways, historic fills, and structure reuse vs demolition. These days it is important to take a more “holistic” approach by stepping beyond traditional environmental assessments by incorporating broader planning concepts. Merging future revitalization plans with the more traditional brownfield site assessment and cleanup can yield innovative solutions to solving both issues and saving valuable funds for localities. This session will walk participants through site specific examples in Charles Town, West Virginia, Waynesboro, Virginia and Norfolk, Virginia to name a few. Join us for a discussion on how these projects are leading the way to change face of the main street communities and set the stage for private investment.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Room 403/404/405

    Current Themes In State Brownfields Redevelopment

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    Explore and expand discussions related to common hot topic issues shared by multiple states and stakeholders in the recent Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE) survey. Collaborative discussion ...

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    Current Themes In State Brownfields Redevelopment

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Room 403/404/405
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    Explore and expand discussions related to common hot topic issues shared by multiple states and stakeholders in the recent Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE) survey. Collaborative discussion topics will focus on: looming stresses on current state funding for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects; the nexus of brownfield redevelopment on combined sewer outfalls (CSOs) in urban centers and managing storm water during and after site development; and the management of fill, reuse of historic fill, and clarification to the Beneficial Use Determination Process.

  • 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Speaker(s):
    Janice Gundlach

    Keeping a Large-Scale Brownfield Redevelopment on Track

    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Over the past 25 years, the City of New Brighton has planned and implemented one of the most ambitious and complex Brownfield redevelopments in Minnesota – The New Brighton Exchange redevelopment ...

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    Keeping a Large-Scale Brownfield Redevelopment on Track

    Wednesday, December 6, from 01:45 pm to 02:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Learning Lounge
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Over the past 25 years, the City of New Brighton has planned and implemented one of the most ambitious and complex Brownfield redevelopments in Minnesota - The New Brighton Exchange redevelopment area, a 100-acre site. For over 100 years, the site had been occupied by a wide range of industrial and commercial uses involving 15 historic properties resulting in significant environmental challenges to redevelopment, including numerous petroleum leak sites, two state superfund sites, and concerns with landfill gas. In order to overcome the Brownfield challenges, the City built a team of development partners and Brownfield experts. Come learn from their experiences about the lessons learned in keeping on track with such a complex redevelopment effort.
    Speaker(s):
    Janice Gundlach

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Speaker(s):
    Jesse Silverstein

    Playing the Brownfields Transaction Game

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

     

    Real estate transactions entail buyers and sellers negotiating price and terms, each with their own investment goals and perspectives. Environmental issues create lop-sided value perceptions amongst ...

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    Playing the Brownfields Transaction Game

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Learning Lounge
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Real estate transactions entail buyers and sellers negotiating price and terms, each with their own investment goals and perspectives. Environmental issues create lop-sided value perceptions amongst buyers, sellers, and lenders. Economic “game theory” analysis will be used to illustrate strategies for successful transactional outcomes.
    Speaker(s):
    Jesse Silverstein

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Room 315/316

    Innovations in Materials Management

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Innovative new programs are seeking ways to reduce remediation and construction costs while using materials efficiently. New York State is currently updating its solid waste regulations. New York City ...

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    Innovations in Materials Management

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Room 315/316
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Innovative new programs are seeking ways to reduce remediation and construction costs while using materials efficiently. New York State is currently updating its solid waste regulations. New York City has established a materials exchange program that enables private developers and city agencies with surplus clean soil or asphalt millings to exchange this material with other construction projects. Environmental consultants, cleanup program managers, and non‐profits will enjoy discussing the logistics as well as the benefits of these reuse and exchange programs: promoting sustainable management of materials, saving money, and environmental benefits such as reduced truck traffic.

  • 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Speaker(s):
    Michelle Sarro

    Attachments:
    EPIC Presentation

    EPIC: A Cleanup Project Tracking Tool

    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    In 2016, the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation launched its Environmental Project Information Center (EPIC), a web-based project management application that provides interfaces for real ...

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    EPIC: A Cleanup Project Tracking Tool

    Wednesday, December 6, from 04:15 pm to 05:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Learning Lounge
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    In 2016, the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation launched its Environmental Project Information Center (EPIC), a web-based project management application that provides interfaces for real estate development teams, environmental professionals, community brownfield planners, and the public. Hear about the creation of EPIC and key application features that can streamline agency review and approval processes common to brownfield cleanup programs, increase government transparency, and simplify programmatic data collection.
    Speaker(s):
    Michelle Sarro

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Room 301/302

    "Back to the Future" in Addressing Brownfields Liabilities

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    It is critically important for parties involved in brownfields cleanup and redevelopment to understand the policies and practices of the past 20 years. Core principles on which these policies are based, ...

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    "Back to the Future" in Addressing Brownfields Liabilities

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 301/302
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    It is critically important for parties involved in brownfields cleanup and redevelopment to understand the policies and practices of the past 20 years. Core principles on which these policies are based, such as liability protections for “innocent” parties, bracketing of risk, and the use of risk-based corrective action standards, are critical to obtaining timely regulatory approval and funding, and ensure successful property reuse. This town hall will provide a forum for stakeholders involved in all aspects of a brownfields project to discuss successful approaches to redevelopment based on the practicalities of law and policies as they have evolved, and will reiterate assumptions on which current policies are based.

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Speaker(s):
    Mary Hashem

    Through the Eyes of a Developer

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

     

    How does a developer look at property opportunities and what are the factors that influence their decision to pursue a deal? What can a city can do to attract the right kind of developer to a brownfield ...

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    Through the Eyes of a Developer

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Learning Lounge
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    How does a developer look at property opportunities and what are the factors that influence their decision to pursue a deal? What can a city can do to attract the right kind of developer to a brownfield site? There are significant differences between developing a brownfield vs. a greenfield site. Understanding those differences can help you work smarter and increase your chances for a successful brownfield redevelopment project.
    Speaker(s):
    Mary Hashem

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Room 319/320

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Faster Cleanup and Faster Reuse

    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Learn about new cleanup tools and recent experiences under RCRA Corrective Action and TSCA PCB cleanups to expedite the investigation, cleanup, and reuse of contaminated properties. The panel will provide ...

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    Faster Cleanup and Faster Reuse

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Room 319/320
    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Learn about new cleanup tools and recent experiences under RCRA Corrective Action and TSCA PCB cleanups to expedite the investigation, cleanup, and reuse of contaminated properties. The panel will provide an introduction to RCRA FIRST and PCB FAST tools developed to remove roadblocks on the way to completion of corrective action and cleanups. Stories of this approach will be shared to demonstrate its success at several sites.

  • 01:45 pm - 03:45 pm


    Catalyzing Development through Transit: East Liberty and Bakery Square

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    ***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.

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Speaker(s):
    Kevin McDonald

    EPA’s WIFIA Program: A New Financing Tool for Brownfields

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

     

    EPA has recently established the WIFIA program, a federal loan program designed to accelerate improvements to our nation’s water and wastewater challenges by providing long-term, low-cost credit ...

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    EPA’s WIFIA Program: A New Financing Tool for Brownfields

    Wednesday, December 6, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Learning Lounge
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    EPA has recently established the WIFIA program, a federal loan program designed to accelerate improvements to our nation's water and wastewater challenges by providing long-term, low-cost credit assistance to eligible projects of national and regional significance. Come learn how WIFIA can act as a flexible and affordable source of capital to support Brownfields redevelopment projects.
    Speaker(s):
    Kevin McDonald
  • Thursday, December 7


  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Speaker(s):
    David Hanny

    A Collaborative Approach to Brownfield Lead Remediation

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    The unique remedial construction of the Ithaca, New York U.S. EPA brownfield site addressed lead levels above hazardous waste limits, which was further complicated by the location of the contamination ...

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    A Collaborative Approach to Brownfield Lead Remediation

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    The unique remedial construction of the Ithaca, New York U.S. EPA brownfield site addressed lead levels above hazardous waste limits, which was further complicated by the location of the contamination on an island perched adjacent to the 120-foot Ithaca Falls. The project was unique given the multi-agency regulatory oversight and funding, geologic conditions, difficulty of construction, working in a City Park setting and adjacent to another active Brownfield site, and ensuring that the concerns of a very active Citizen Participation Group were accounted for in the decision making process. Learn about the collaborative approach taken to address these challenges.
    Speaker(s):
    David Hanny

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Room 403/404/405
    Speaker(s):
    Judith East, Todd Coffin

    Are Your Hands Dirty Yet?: Engagement through Volunteerism

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Whether intended to fulfill EPA in‐kind match requirements, or purely in the interest of community involvement, recruiting and deploying volunteers on brownfields redevelopment sites comes with challenges ...

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    Are Your Hands Dirty Yet?: Engagement through Volunteerism

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Room 403/404/405
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Whether intended to fulfill EPA in‐kind match requirements, or purely in the interest of community involvement, recruiting and deploying volunteers on brownfields redevelopment sites comes with challenges and opportunities. Attendees will learn by sharing experiences and partaking in frank discussions to get at what works when it comes to volunteers. Topics will range from the monetary and engagement value of volunteering, to health & safety considerations, and tips for organizing volunteer efforts. Two brownfields experts will lead the discussion, Judy East and Todd Coffin, who have over 15 years’ experience working on all facets of brownfields redevelopment, including the key role of volunteer support.
    Speaker(s):
    Judith East Todd Coffin

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Room 301/302

    Tackling PCBs

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    PCBs should never be a deal breaker for brownfield redevelopment projects, but many potential redevelopment projects can be hindered or delayed because the TSCA process can seem daunting. The PCB experts ...

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    Tackling PCBs

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Room 301/302
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    PCBs should never be a deal breaker for brownfield redevelopment projects, but many potential redevelopment projects can be hindered or delayed because the TSCA process can seem daunting. The PCB experts at this Town Hall will discuss the tools and knowledge needed to successfully navigate through the TSCA process. They will also focus on the nuances between EPA Regional approaches to the TSCA program, and highlight the best practices that can be shared among the regions. In addition, audience members will be encouraged to provide input on how to make it easier to navigate the TSCA process.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Speaker(s):
    Achyut Kafle

    Value of Greenspace at Brownfield Sites

    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Remediated Brownfields are often reused as greenspace such as parks, community gardens, natural habitats and other recreational open spaces. Benefits of reusing Brownfields as greenspace are usually ...

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    Value of Greenspace at Brownfield Sites

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Remediated Brownfields are often reused as greenspace such as parks, community gardens, natural habitats and other recreational open spaces. Benefits of reusing Brownfields as greenspace are usually only captured qualitatively in local case studies. This session presents findings from a national level analysis that quantifies the economic benefits of reusing Brownfields as greenspace.
    Speaker(s):
    Achyut Kafle

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 413/414/415

    Attachments:
    BF2017_Panel.pptx

    Teamwork in Public Private Partnerships

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

     

    Adaptive reuse of historic buildings and the redevelopment of brownfields are complicated projects that require the cooperation of multiple entities from private developers to local, state, and federal ...

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    Teamwork in Public Private Partnerships

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 413/414/415
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    Adaptive reuse of historic buildings and the redevelopment of brownfields are complicated projects that require the cooperation of multiple entities from private developers to local, state, and federal agencies. Assembling the financing and building the “funding stack” must be integrated with complex permit requirements, often with overlapping jurisdictional authority. By focusing on the goals and positive potential of these sites, public-private partnerships can be formed to address the various needs. Learn through the partnership and experiences of a state official charged with enabling the redevelopment of brownfields in Connecticut, a developer focused on adaptive reuse of historic brownfield sites, and an attorney that helps them memorialize the plans.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Speaker(s):
    Dan Croghan

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    Taking the Waste Out of Change Orders

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Environmental consultants are constantly faced with competing priorities when conducting site investigations and implementing remedial action plans. When kicking off a new project, site characterization, ...

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    Taking the Waste Out of Change Orders

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Spirit of Pittsburgh E
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Environmental consultants are constantly faced with competing priorities when conducting site investigations and implementing remedial action plans. When kicking off a new project, site characterization, budgeting, and remedial action planning typically dominates top priorities on the to-do list. What often is not addressed early in the process is waste characterization, which usually results in change orders during the remediation phase of the project. Our waste expert will focus this Learning Lounge session on helping you “take the waste out of change orders” by identifying what contractors look for in bid documents; what disposal facilities look for in waste profiling; why it is important to classify waste prior to budgeting/bidding; and how to integrate waste and site characterization to minimize the impact of potential change orders on the project budget.
    Speaker(s):
    Dan Croghan

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Room 408/409/410

    Small Town Resilience: Asset Based Community Development

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Like many small communities, Brattleboro, Vermont has undergone a transition from industrial activity sited on waterways to a contemporary service economy. As the town engaged with the challenge of ...

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    Small Town Resilience: Asset Based Community Development

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Room 408/409/410
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Like many small communities, Brattleboro, Vermont has undergone a transition from industrial activity sited on waterways to a contemporary service economy. As the town engaged with the challenge of building economic resiliency, Tropical Storm Irene flooded many residences and businesses in the downtown in 2011, galvanizing the town into rethinking the future of its historic core and how to achieve resilience. Speakers will relate the sequence of planning activities that led to a new vision and showcase resilience strategies that blend mitigation with development. They will demonstrate that historic towns or neighborhoods need not be abandoned in the face of climate change, but can be re-imagined to be more resilient in the future.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Speaker(s):
    Sandra Whitehead

    Building 'Health' into Brownfield Revitalization

    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Redeveloping brownfields to improve community health is a goal many developers strive for but not many measure the outcomes of their redevelopment. This session will discuss how this can be done, how ...

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    Building 'Health' into Brownfield Revitalization

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Redeveloping brownfields to improve community health is a goal many developers strive for but not many measure the outcomes of their redevelopment. This session will discuss how this can be done, how to engage the community and how to measure success using a tools such as health impact assessment and monetization.
    Speaker(s):
    Sandra Whitehead

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 304/305

    Stormwater Management on Brownfields: Problem or Opportunity?

    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Stormwater and wastewater management on brownfield sites is currently a hot topic in Pennsylvania. Does it warrant the close scrutiny? More importantly integrating stormwater management, water supply, ...

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    Stormwater Management on Brownfields: Problem or Opportunity?

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 304/305
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Stormwater and wastewater management on brownfield sites is currently a hot topic in Pennsylvania. Does it warrant the close scrutiny? More importantly integrating stormwater management, water supply, and wastewater treatment technologies presents unique opportunities to enhance typical green infrastructure elements on brownfield sites. This session will present case study examples on water related permitting pitfalls for brownfields and highlight how standard regulatory and engineering practices for water and wastewater management need to be challenged to create sustainable, low cost solutions.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Room 317/318

    TIF: Strategic Use and Best Practices

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

     

    The use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as a tool for brownfield redevelopment allows local governments to invest in the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites and pay for it by capturing ...

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    TIF: Strategic Use and Best Practices

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Room 317/318
    Panel Discussions
    Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
    The use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as a tool for brownfield redevelopment allows local governments to invest in the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites and pay for it by capturing the increase in property tax revenue generated by the enhancements to the site. TIF empowers local governments to make investments that would otherwise not be supported by the market. It has enabled the redevelopment of countless brownfield projects using targeted investment, supporting industrial development, and creating jobs. Learn how TIF can be strategically used to target investment, support industrial development, and create jobs. This session will cover the basics of TIF, appropriate use, various approaches and financing structures, and community buy-in.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Room 315/316

    Activating Brownfields to Healthfields

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Communities across the nation that are negatively impacted by the global trade system are becoming economically vibrant, health resilient, and environmentally sustainable through a Brownfields to Healthfields ...

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    Activating Brownfields to Healthfields

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Room 315/316
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Communities across the nation that are negatively impacted by the global trade system are becoming economically vibrant, health resilient, and environmentally sustainable through a Brownfields to Healthfields (B2H) approach. B2H refers to the transformation of brownfields sites into viable projects that improve access to health and healthcare within a community. In collaboration with the US EPA Office of Environmental Justice, the Moving Forward Network (MFN) is launching B2H in 10 environmental justice communities across the nation. This session will feature community leaders from Los Angeles and Kansas City, who will share their successes in engaging communities, connecting with resourced collaborators, and designing the B2H community vision. MFN will share experiences about both B2H site development and system-wide engagement strategies. B2H collaborators from the private sector, academic institutions, and health fields will also catalyze discussions on potential public private partnerships with goods movement communities.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 301/302

    Brokering the Best Deal...for Everyone

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Brownfield stakeholders often have different, sometimes conflicting objectives that can hamper implementation and community support. One successful strategy for arriving at consensus is a Community ...

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    Brokering the Best Deal...for Everyone

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 301/302
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Brownfield stakeholders often have different, sometimes conflicting objectives that can hamper implementation and community support. One successful strategy for arriving at consensus is a Community Benefit Agreement. These agreements can reduce developer risk and uncertainty, speed project completion, and attract enhanced community and local government support. Attendees will learn how such agreements can be pursued, the significance of community engagement in the decision process, and the economic, social, environmental, and health benefits that such agreements bring to the different stakeholders.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm


    PPP Hits a Homerun Building a Baseball Complex on Municipal Dump

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools

     

    ***CANCELLED*** A spectacularly successful public-private partnership (PPP) helped the struggling community of Utica, MI (population 4700) realize a revitalization dream of hosting a minor-league ...

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    PPP Hits a Homerun Building a Baseball Complex on Municipal Dump

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Innovation in Planning, Design, Technology, and Tools
    ***CANCELLED*** A spectacularly successful public-private partnership (PPP) helped the struggling community of Utica, MI (population 4700) realize a revitalization dream of hosting a minor-league baseball stadium, creating community events space, and creating recreational opportunities. In the process, a 16-acre former municipal dump was stabilized and safely redeveloped. From day one, the project faced enormous challenges, including construction on a landfill without removing wastes, site regrading, foundation design, mitigating high levels of methane, removing wastes from the river and stabilizing its banks, and of course - financing. Listen to a discussion of how a successful PPP led to the opening of Jimmy Johns Stadium in Spring 2016 with a capacity of 4500 fans, as well as the development of a new riverwalk, kayak park, children’s playscape and park, and 6-acre shared parking lot/event space adjoining the downtown district.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 317/318

    Pre-Apprenticeship Partnerships

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice

     

    Environmental Career Worker Training Programs (ECWTPs) have been in operation for nearly 20 years. Funded through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), several of these programs ...

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    Pre-Apprenticeship Partnerships

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 317/318
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Environmental Career Worker Training Programs (ECWTPs) have been in operation for nearly 20 years. Funded through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), several of these programs operate as pre-apprenticeship programs. Working with partnerships in local communities, ECWTPs prepare participants for careers in unionized apprenticeships in the building trades and related industries. Three of these programs will share their expertise and best practices.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Lecture Room 406

    Centro Civico Mexicano: Brownfields Redevelopment Revitalizes a Cultural Heritage Center

    Panel Discussions
    International Track

     

    The 80-year old Centro Civico Mexicano (“Centro”) cultural heritage center, in Salt Lake City, Utah was faced with an aging facility and development pressure, including downtown gentrification, ...

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    Centro Civico Mexicano: Brownfields Redevelopment Revitalizes a Cultural Heritage Center

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Lecture Room 406
    Panel Discussions
    International Track
    The 80-year old Centro Civico Mexicano (“Centro”) cultural heritage center, in Salt Lake City, Utah was faced with an aging facility and development pressure, including downtown gentrification, and offers to purchase the property. After surveying the community, the realization was that “Centro” had become a touchstone to the Hispanic Community: Many Hispanic leaders and their children had grown up celebrating their traditions and cultures at "Centro." The decision was made to reconstruct and design a new facility in the existing location. However, historical industrial uses on the site and surrounding properties necessitated the need for cleanup. Brownfields site assessment and funding made possible the revitalization of this well-loved cultural center. Hear directly from the owner, owner’s representative, and consultant about this Brownfields success story.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Speaker(s):
    Carol Coren

    CFarms in Boxes: Controlled Environment Agriculture Applications for Brownfields

    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Key Takeaways from this short talk about advancements in high yield Controlled Environment Agriculture will indicate how facilities deploying hydroponic, aquaponic, aeroponic and aquaculture technologies ...

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    CFarms in Boxes: Controlled Environment Agriculture Applications for Brownfields

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Key Takeaways from this short talk about advancements in high yield Controlled Environment Agriculture will indicate how facilities deploying hydroponic, aquaponic, aeroponic and aquaculture technologies can be appropriate for brownfield redevelopment strategies. Attendees will become aware of the growing and earning opportunities, market challenges, and risks of this emerging area of the food growing/food production industry and encouraged to explore their communities’ interest in such ventures. Examples of successful facilities located on former brownfields will be offered
    Speaker(s):
    Carol Coren

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Speaker(s):
    Christopher De Sousa

    Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment Best Practices

    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Lessons are learned from two dozen brownfield projects planned and developed throughout the United States that incorporate sustainability features, including 10 completed best management cases and over ...

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    Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment Best Practices

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Lessons are learned from two dozen brownfield projects planned and developed throughout the United States that incorporate sustainability features, including 10 completed best management cases and over a dozen Brownfields Sustainability Pilots funded by the US EPA almost a decade ago. See what sustainability features were implemented, what the barriers were to brownfield reuse and sustainability, and which innovative policies, programs, and funding mechanisms helped make these projects work. This honest review of both the good and the bad will be of use to developers, planners, consultants and community representatives seeking to raise the bar in their communities from conventional to sustainable.
    Speaker(s):
    Christopher De Sousa

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Room 319/320

    Attachments:
    Presentation Slides

    All Those in Favor of Redevelopment? ...The ICs Have It!

    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment almost always includes the use of Institutional Controls (ICs) as a way to protect human health and the environment and to facilitate completion of cleanup in a ...

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    All Those in Favor of Redevelopment? ...The ICs Have It!

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Room 319/320
    Panel Discussions
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment almost always includes the use of Institutional Controls (ICs) as a way to protect human health and the environment and to facilitate completion of cleanup in a cost-effective manner that allows for redevelopment. ICs are key to risk-based corrective actions that are at the heart of Brownfields cleanups, but can both help and hinder property transfers and regulatory closures required for the successful completion of Brownfields redevelopment projects. Explore the types of ICs used throughout the United States and how both recorded and non-recorded ICs can affect property transfers and redevelopment, as well as the risk based corrective action process. The evolving nature of this topic lends itself to discussion and this session will be structured to maximize audience questions, dialogue and brainstorming.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 403/404/405

    Heard on the Hill

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    Reauthorization of the brownfields law is moving in the House and the Senate. The President recently cut a deal with Congress to maintain government funding through early December. The Administration ...

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    Heard on the Hill

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 403/404/405
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    Reauthorization of the brownfields law is moving in the House and the Senate. The President recently cut a deal with Congress to maintain government funding through early December. The Administration and Congressional leaders are negotiating the parameters of tax reform legislation. What does this all mean for the future of federal brownfields funding and policy? Leading Washington, DC policy experts will provide the latest information on brownfields policy developments and facilitate discussions on the opportunities for bipartisan progress.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Speaker(s):
    Tory Kress

    Beyond Beer: Milwaukee’s Triple Bottom Line

    Learning Lounge
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    Something besides barley, hops and yeast is brewing at the former T.C. Esser Paint site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at a challenging brownfield redevelopment project. These projects almost always involve ...

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    Beyond Beer: Milwaukee’s Triple Bottom Line

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Spirit of Pittsburgh B
    Learning Lounge
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    Something besides barley, hops and yeast is brewing at the former T.C. Esser Paint site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at a challenging brownfield redevelopment project. These projects almost always involve multiple supportive partners and the conversion of this abandoned paint factory in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor into a new townhome development is no exception. No fewer than two federal agencies, four state agencies, three departments of local government, and multiple non-profit and private partners collaborated to make this sustainable project a reality. Let’s examine the unique contributions of the partners to positive economic, environmental, and social outcomes through the lens of triple bottom line (TBL) theory. You’ll come away with ideas about how to use TBL theory to think creatively about YOUR brownfield challenges.
    Speaker(s):
    Tory Kress

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Speaker(s):
    Cynthia Cheatwood

    Innovative Reuse of Dredge Materials

    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Reuse of dredge material is a primary concern for continued operations of the Port of Baltimore by the Maryland Port Authority (MPA). On average, 5 million cubic yards (mcy) of dredge material is removed ...

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    Innovative Reuse of Dredge Materials

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Spirit of Pittsburgh F
    Learning Lounge
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Reuse of dredge material is a primary concern for continued operations of the Port of Baltimore by the Maryland Port Authority (MPA). On average, 5 million cubic yards (mcy) of dredge material is removed annually from the federal navigation channels in the Chesapeake Bay. Recently, the MPA, in conjunction with Maryland Department of the Environment, has developed new guidance to facilitate the reuse of dredge material at brownfields sites in and around Baltimore, MD. Learn how the reuse assesses the current contamination at brownfield sites, planned redevelopment, and reduction in future liability of the MPA for material.
    Speaker(s):
    Cynthia Cheatwood

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 401/402

    Attachments:
    Reference Materials

    What's in the Air? – Redeveloping Sites with Vapor Intrusion Issues

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches

     

    Defined as the migration of hazardous vapors from contaminated soil or groundwater into the indoor air of overlying buildings, vapor intrusion (VI) has received regulatory attention due to its potential ...

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    What's in the Air? – Redeveloping Sites with Vapor Intrusion Issues

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 401/402
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 7: Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
    Defined as the migration of hazardous vapors from contaminated soil or groundwater into the indoor air of overlying buildings, vapor intrusion (VI) has received regulatory attention due to its potential for posing unacceptable inhalation risks to building occupants. Common volatile compounds driving VI risks include: trichloroethylene (TCE), used historically as a degreasing solvent; tetrachloroethylene (PCE), used for dry-cleaning; and petroleum-related constituents. Addressing VI can be a challenge given differing and continuously evolving guidance set by federal and State agencies. VI response, however, can be successful at Brownfield sites through the implementation of engineering controls. During this roundtable discussion, we will identify key challenges associated with VI sites and the roles and responsibilities of the private sector, regulators, local government, and community groups.

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Lecture Room 406
    Speaker(s):
    Uliana Gonzalez

    Reincarnation of a Post-industrial City: Lodz, Poland

    Learning Lounge
    International Track

     

    ***CANCELLED*** The European Route of Industrial Heritage includes Lodz, Poland’s third largest city, as an important industrial metropolis of the 19th century industrialization in Europe. ...

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    Reincarnation of a Post-industrial City: Lodz, Poland

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Lecture Room 406
    Learning Lounge
    International Track
    ***CANCELLED*** The European Route of Industrial Heritage includes Lodz, Poland's third largest city, as an important industrial metropolis of the 19th century industrialization in Europe. Rapid City development starts at the beginning of the 19th century during the industrial era. After decades of deterioration under the Communist era, vast parts of the post-socialist city’s built fabric are nowadays being adapted. The textile city goes through the active phase of urban renewal, trying to create a positive brand from its industrial past. Since the 90's, approximately 60 old factories have been reused and converted to new functions: shopping, offices, entertainment, restaurants and bars, service, lodging, cultural, museum, campuses, and only small percentage of them kept its initial industrial purpose. Lodz possesses a wide experience in fitting new investments into brownfields. See revitalization in Lodz as well as some failures and challenges on the way of post-industrial city regeneration from the European Perspective.
    Speaker(s):
    Uliana Gonzalez

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Speaker(s):
    Patrick Ford

    Donuts to Dollars

    Learning Lounge
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    What happens when elected leaders, business owners, economic development officials, state environmental professionals, and other interested community members from a struggling region regularly convene ...

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    Donuts to Dollars

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Spirit of Pittsburgh D
    Learning Lounge
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    What happens when elected leaders, business owners, economic development officials, state environmental professionals, and other interested community members from a struggling region regularly convene around a table of donuts? A unique collaboration that has resulted in almost $300 million of public and private into a small two-county region with a combined population of only 50,000. Hear how the Brooke-Hancock Brownfields Task Force, a regional consensus-building clearinghouse for brownfield projects, has coordinated efforts and resources to address blighted properties, attract business, and overcome obstacles in a region devastated by steel plant downsizings and closures. Then learn best practices and strategies for implementing a similar partnership in your own community.
    Speaker(s):
    Patrick Ford

  • Park or Parking Lot? Decisions for Assessment Coalitions

    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    Coalitions have increased access of assessment resources for rural communities. Let’s look at two distinctly unique assessment coalition grants – one coalition put a park on it while the other ...

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    Park or Parking Lot? Decisions for Assessment Coalitions

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Room 304/305
    Town Hall Meetings
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    Coalitions have increased access of assessment resources for rural communities. Let’s look at two distinctly unique assessment coalition grants - one coalition put a park on it while the other put parking on it. Learn how communities decide on coalition partners, benefits or drawbacks to a coalition promoting greenspace or private development and whether a coalition grant should be headed up by the state environmental agency.

  • Hunger, Heroes and Harvest in South Phoenix

    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    The City of Phoenix is using an innovative approach to reuse of property by focusing on the Brownfields to Healthfields concept, which directly addresses the challenges of food insecurity and health ...

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    Hunger, Heroes and Harvest in South Phoenix

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 319/320
    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    The City of Phoenix is using an innovative approach to reuse of property by focusing on the Brownfields to Healthfields concept, which directly addresses the challenges of food insecurity and health in low income food desert neighborhoods that suffer health disparities. Healthfields effectively engages multiple sustainability elements, such as increased community cohesion, and environmental, food, and health equity and illustrates the connection between the social determinants of health and the built environment.

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Speaker(s):
    William Lindner

    Boots on the Ground: Embedding a State Regulator

    Learning Lounge
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships

     

    The New Jersey DEP (NJDEP) Community Collaborative Initiative has established a unique level of trust within some of the neediest communities by building strong bridges with local government officials, ...

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    Boots on the Ground: Embedding a State Regulator

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Spirit of Pittsburgh C
    Learning Lounge
    Track 6: State, Tribal, and Local Programs and Partnerships
    The New Jersey DEP (NJDEP) Community Collaborative Initiative has established a unique level of trust within some of the neediest communities by building strong bridges with local government officials, local environmental groups, and individual residents. Spending time with and actively listening to the residents creates a more personal connection between the regulator and the environmental needs of the community. NJDEP’s Community Collaborative Initiative works closely with diverse partners in urban communities to support the community’s vision for revitalization and growth. NJDEP’s traditional role is evolving to focus more on a single point-of-contact to leverage resources and bring innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges in Camden, Trenton and Perth Amboy.
    Speaker(s):
    William Lindner

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Speaker(s):
    Hadley Stamm

    A Return to Nature: PPG Barberton, Ohio Lime Lakes

    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    In the 1890s, PPG needed soda ash to make glass. They found limestone and brine the main ingredients in Barberton, Ohio, and built a plant. A lot of waste resulted from the manufacturing operation — ...

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    A Return to Nature: PPG Barberton, Ohio Lime Lakes

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Spirit of Pittsburgh A
    Learning Lounge
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    In the 1890s, PPG needed soda ash to make glass. They found limestone and brine the main ingredients in Barberton, Ohio, and built a plant. A lot of waste resulted from the manufacturing operation — 1.5 pounds for every pound of soda ash! The waste was slurried to ponds covering 600 acres, called Lime Lakes. For years, the Lime Lakes stood as barren, white desolate areas. Learn how PPG reclaimed the Lime Lakes area which now maintains a Habitat Certification through the Wildlife Habitat Council and received recognition from U.S. EPA for Beneficial Use of Sludge.
    Speaker(s):
    Hadley Stamm

  • Brownfields Growing Green 3.0

    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency

     

    Hear how entrepreneurs, cooperatives, veterans and community groups and public/private partnerships are using Brownfields to grow foods and marketable agriculture products. Experts working in urban ...

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    Brownfields Growing Green 3.0

    Thursday, December 7, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Room 401/402
    Roundtable Discussion
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    Hear how entrepreneurs, cooperatives, veterans and community groups and public/private partnerships are using Brownfields to grow foods and marketable agriculture products. Experts working in urban and rural settings will offer short descriptions about how operators of tillled soil, raised bed and high tech urban and rural farms, orchards, composting facilities and other green growing enterprises are finding uses for formerly dormant or problem-ridden sites. Informed facilitators will lead roundtable discussions by participants about food soil safety issues, non-timber product and food growing technologies business models, market issues, licensing and financing that affect remediation initiatives.

  • 01:15 pm - 04:15 pm


    Wingfield Pines Conservation Area: Abandoned Mine Drainage Passive

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops

     

    ***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

    Mobile Workshop
    Mobile Workshops
    ***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

  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Room 315/316

    Try and Try Again: 50 years of Revitalization in New Stanton, PA

    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies

     

    If this land could talk, RIDC Westmoreland housed — or nearly housed — a Chrysler plant in 1968, which became the attraction for PA bringing in Volkswagen to New Stanton in 1976, which gave ...

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    Try and Try Again: 50 years of Revitalization in New Stanton, PA

    Thursday, December 7, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
    Room 315/316
    Panel Discussions
    Track 3: Community Case Studies
    If this land could talk, RIDC Westmoreland housed -- or nearly housed -- a Chrysler plant in 1968, which became the attraction for PA bringing in Volkswagen to New Stanton in 1976, which gave way to Sony and TVs in 1990. None of these smokestack chasing efforts succeeded for more than a decade and today, nearly 50 years after Pennsylvania announced the attraction of Chrysler to Westmoreland County, panelists will discuss the current successful efforts, across redevelopment, revitalization and a multi-tenant strategy for the site on 330 acres.