Entries by Joe Mahowald

Tour: University of Minnesota’s Combined Heating and Power Plant

Tour the 2017 Environmental Impact ReScape Award winning redesign of the historic power plant. The new design features combined heating and power, which increases energy efficiency and assists in the University of Minnesota’s goal to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2050. Member-only event: First 20 people to register. Date/Time: Thursday, April 26 (4:00 – 5:00 P.M.) […]

March Blog: Funding a Brownfield Project – Putting the Puzzle Together

Properties and infill sites that are contaminated or environmentally damaged may be the most puzzling for developers. These sites, referred to as “brownfields”, exhibit added redevelopment complexities. Minnesota is fortunate to have an abundance of public resources available that help to make these redevelopments possible. Here is a rundown of the programs offered in Minnesota. […]

Dig It: Rethinking how we Manage Soil at Redevelopment Sites

by Martha Faust and Sarah Sieloff (Center for Creative Land Recycling) When is soil just “dirt”, when is it a waste, and when is it a resource? The answer may be in the eye of the beholder. Given the length of time it takes to create 1 cm3 of topsoil (estimated at 200-400 years), the current approach […]

Forum – When Vapor Intrusion Strikes: Staying Ahead of the Plume

Vapor intrusion continues to have a significant impact on the redevelopment community. Attendees learned about key updates, issues, and challenges related to vapor intrusion at commercial and industrial sites in Minnesota. The forum featured a region-wide perspective on vapor intrusion policy and regulations in the Midwest. Presenters included representatives from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Wisconsin Department […]

Soil Reuse Webinars – February 7 & 14, 2018

  Minnesota Brownfields proudly partnered with the Center for Creative Land Recycling on two webinars on the subject of soil reuse. Part I – Dig It: Reusing Contaminated Soil in the U.K. and U.S. Download the PDF Redevelopment sites throughout the U.S. are confronted by how to manage surplus marginally-to-moderately contaminated soil. The default practice […]

2017 EPA National Brownfields Leadership Conference Recap

The 2017 EPA National Brownfields Training Conference is officially in the books. From December 4 through December 7, Minnesota Brownfields staff were in Pittsburgh at the EPA’s flagship conference for brownfields professionals. The bi-annual get together served as a tremendous opportunity to share best practices and new ideas. A major theme that resonated throughout the […]

Hopportunity Knocks, Again: More Brownfields, Beer, and the Law

Please join Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Law section for an informative session on redevelopment and craft breweries.  The event will be held at Utepils Brewery in Minneapolis (map) on Tuesday, October 24th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a happy hour to follow. Register for […]

Northern Stacks Redevelopment Tour with EDAM

Take part in this exclusive opportunity as a Minnesota Brownfields member to tour the Northern Stacks Development in Fridley alongside Economic Development Association of Minnesota members. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Northern Stacks is on a former Superfund site and the redevelopment required a great amount […]

The Future is Bright for Solar Energy on Capped Landfills

Solar energy production has taken off in Minnesota over the past few years, and especially in the last handful of months. In 2017, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the solar energy capacity has tripled in the state during the first quarter of the year. Currently, the energy capacity for solar in Minnesota is twelve times […]