Brownfields 2021 is introducing  Brownfields University (BU) as our new pre-conference training program. It will provide a curriculum of core brownfield concepts and practices to prepare attendees for the full educational program content.

BU provides valuable hands-on learning and engagement for emerging brownfield practitioners and seasoned professionals alike.  Attendees will be better prepared to select educational sessions to attend, and better prepared to engage presenters and exhibitors with freshly informed understanding of subjects covered throughout the conference.

CURRICULUM

8:30am – 11:00am, Wednesday, December 8, Room 208 A/B

This Pre-Conference workshop involves approximately two hours of class time and a two hour tour of local sites. The class segment will introduce the three essential steps for utilizing brownfields properties to meet community resiliency goals: i) planning and identifying brownfields for beneficial reuse, ii) getting the environmental assessment and cleanup work done, and iii) implementing site redevelopment plans for selected sites. Additionally, EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities providers will introduce attendees to TAB services and share resources available to land reuse practitioners navigating the road to redevelopment. A tour of successful redevelopment sites will take place after the class to contextualize and solidify the information shared during the first part of the program.

Speakers:

  • Claire Weston, Programs and Operations Manager, Center for Creative Land Recycling
  • Maggie Belanger, TAB Services Coordinator, Kansas State University
  • Melissa Dulinski, Project Manager, New Jersey Institute of Technology

8:30am – 2:15pm, Wednesday, December 8, Room 301 C/D

Enter the world of high stakes brownfield redevelopment through a collaborative and interactive workshop. This workshop places participants in the role of the community/owner of a complex, contaminated property working through the process of creating value and positioning the property for redevelopment. Participants will evaluate the property, develop a viable reuse plan, consider public funding sources and attract a developer. Working in teams, participants will identify needs and objectives for the property, conduct a reuse assessment, develop a reuse implementation strategy, and compete with other teams for a developer! Multiple developers will attend this workshop to help as each team creates their brownfields repositioning strategy. Participants will learn and apply land revitalization, real estate development principles to real-world brownfield redevelopment situations using EPA’s new guide, “Creating a Brownfields Investment Package.” Additionally, the workshop will provide insights into a proven land revitalization framework, understanding the different key players, and critical decision-making steps that determine the outcomes of redevelopment. See inside the process of how deals are made!

Speakers:

  • Michael Taylor, President, Vita Nuova LLC
  • Elaine Richardson, Vice President, Vita Nuova LLC
  • Jim Rocco, Risk Manager, Vita Nuova LLC
  • Kathy Castagna, Brownfields Advisor, Vita Nuova LLC

8:30am – 2:15pm, Wednesday, December 8, Room 209 A/B

Successfully leveraging federal, state, and philanthropic funds to achieve sustainable community revitalization and brownfields redevelopment requires planning ahead, stakeholder coordination, and advocacy. This preconference workshop session will explain how EPA brownfield grantees and municipal leaders can use the “Resource Roadmapping” approach to align priority funding needs with the best available funding sources. Sustainable Strategies DC’s (S2) funding experts will be joined by a municipal manager who has deployed the Resource Roadmap approach to leverage millions of dollars into brownfields redevelopment, in a session that will engage attendees to learn how to develop a matrix of optimal funding opportunities listing grant ranges, matching requirements, contacts, deadlines, and preliminary steps.

Speakers:

  • Matt Ward, CEO, Sustainable Strategies DC
  • Ashley Badesch, Principal, Sustainable Strategies DC
  • Debra Figueroa, City Manager, City of Glenwood Springs, CO

8:30am – 11:00am, Wednesday, December 8, Room 204

This course covers the multiple areas where law comes into play in brownfield redevelopment. It will provide a background in federal and state regulation, liability, and legal mechanisms involved in property transactions. From the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) to joint and several liability, legal concerns for property owners and purchasers and more, leading national experts will walk attendees through how and when legal considerations are made and how they influence brownfield redevelopment.

Speakers:

  • Todd Davis, Esq. Hemisphere Brownfield Group LLC, Cleveland, OH
  • Meaghan A. Colligan, Esq. Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC
  • Matthew E. Cohn, Esq. Greensfielder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., Chicago, IL
  • Anne E. Viner, Esq. Corporate Law Partners PLLC, Chicago, IL
  • Grant E. Nichols, Esq. CAC Specialty, Miami, FL

12:00pm – 2:15pm, Wednesday, December 8, Room 208 A/B

Site Planning & Design – Join us at the Brownfields Studio! During this interactive workshop, you will learn how smart planning and creative design will help your community revitalize brownfield sites in ways that align with the local goals and vision, while also being environmentally protective and economically beneficially. You will work with other participants to develop two conceptual reuse scenarios – one for a brownfield in an urban area, and the other for a brownfield on tribal land. Along the way, you will learn how to best prepare these sites for reuse through various planning, community engagement and site design activities!

Speakers:

  • Emily Blanton, Urban Planner, ICF
  • Sean Garrigan, Landscape Architect, SGA
  • Blake Belanger, Associate Professor for Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning, Kansas State University
  • Michaela Shirley, Program Manager the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute, University of New Mexico

12:00pm – 2:15pm, Wednesday, December 8, Room 204

This course covers the Who, What, Why, and When of community engagement for public agencies, development interests, and anyone involved in brownfields. Concepts will be illustrated by real world examples, and offer perspectives from impacted community members, organizations, public agencies, developers, community-based organizations. It looks beyond the standard approaches and considers social distancing, tactical urbanism, and other emerging ways to engage people.

Speaker: Carrie Staton, Director, Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University