Entries by Natalie Brown

Pizza and Politics: Navigating the New Federal Brownfield Landscape

A special members-only lunchtime discussion with one of the nation’s leading authorities on brownfield and community redevelopment/reuse strategies & financing. Charlie Bartsch has over 30 years of experience analyzing economic and community development policies. He joined us on July 24, 2017 to discuss the new federal brownfield funding landscape: what lies ahead, and how states and […]

Brownfield Health Indicator Tool Gives Blighted Sites Across the State a Healthy Second Chance

A new tool brings hope to some of Minnesota’s more than 10,000 former industrial or commercial sites that are underused or abandoned due to concerns about hazardous contaminants. Revitalizing these sites – called brownfields – can bring people and jobs back to areas, improve neighborhoods, help the environment and promote public health. The City of […]

Can You Dig it? Minnesota Looks at Potential for Greater Reuse of Regulated Fill Soils

States around the U.S. have different regulations governing how regulated (contaminated) fill soils at redevelopment sites are managed, and whether they can be reused. The most common practice is what’s called “dig and dump”, or excavating soils with contaminant concentrations in exceedance of permitted levels, then hauling those soils to an area landfill to use […]

2017 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit

Brownfields Summit – May 25, 2017 Speakers: Dan Fetter, Barr Engineering Janice Gundlach, City of New Brighton Gary Krueger, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Kristin Lukes, MN DEED Shauen Pearce-Lassiter, GREATER MSP/Central Cities Competitiveness Initiative Betsy Schmiesing, Winthrop & Weinstine Jesse Silverstein, Development Research Partners (Denver, CO) Mary Stoick, Highland Bank D’Angelos Svenkeson, THOR Construction Jack Byers, Minneapolis CPED Kim Donat, Wellington Management View combined slideshow here.

Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

  Watch the forum here!   Session Two presentations: BMPs for Vapor Intrusion- Part 2– MPCA Closed Petroleum Sites: Bringing Some Perspective– Bay West Vapor Intrusion Mitigation– Braun Intertec Vapor Mitigation Case Studies– Wenck   Presentations: Regulations and BMPs – MPCA Air Quality & Health Screening Methods– Department of Health Vapor Intrusion and Building Design– Braun […]

GreenStep Cities + Brownfields 101

  Best Practice 25: Speakers: Natalie Brown from Minnesota Brownfields Shanna Schmitt from the MPCA Janice Gundlach from the City of New Brighton Kristen Lukes from DEED Our speakers described what brownfields are, the difficulties and opportunities that they provide, and how cities can use their brownfields in useful, sustainable projects.  

2016 State of Brownfields Update

Our 9th annual State of Brownfields Update was June 28, 2016. The program included A Look Back: 10 years of Minnesota Brownfields, updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and more. Presenters: Sandeep Burman– Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Deborah DeLuca – Duluth Seaway Port Authority Ken Haberman – Landmark Environmental […]

Renewable Energy Development on Brownfields

On February 3, 2016, 125 solar developers and brownfield redevelopment professionals met in St. Paul, to discuss new opportunities for solar development in Minnesota. Presentation links below:  Trends in the Solar Energy Sector in MN – Lissa Pawlisch, UMN Clean Energy Teams Brightfields Considerations in a Nutshell – Mike Fisher, Impact 7G Xcel Energy Renewable […]

MPCA Soil Reference Value Comment Period

MPCA held a July 14 meeting to address use of the SRVs and BTVs by the VIC, RCRA and Superfund programs only. These SRVs and BTVs are considered draft and are not to be used to evaluate sites at this time. The SRVs dated 6/2009 on the MPCA’s Remediation website should continue to be used until […]

Health Impact Assessments and Brownfield Redevelopment

Minnesota Brownfields, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the City of Duluth hosted a discussion on the health impacts of brownfield redevelopment on the surrounding community. It included a demonstration of a tool-in-development for communities to measure health impacts of brownfield redevelopment.

Hutchinson EPA Grant Writing Workshop

Workshop focused on helping community grant writers produce successful proposals for the EPA Assessment, Clean-Up and Revolving Loan Fund (ARC) grants and assisted participants with detailing response strategies to Threshold and Ranking Criteria, utilizing the TAB EZ on-line grant writing tool, discussing the planning process, and engaging the community and partners in the Brownfields initiative. […]

2015 State of Brownfields Update

Minnesota Brownfields annual State of Brownfields Update. Topics covered included: new findings on the benefits of brownfield redevelopment, local nature of climate change and its repercussions for redevelopment (with special guest John Pendergrass from Environmental Law Institute), and updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment in Minnesota: New Findings Natalie Brown, […]

New Paper & Fact Sheets Highlight Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment in Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MINN.—(April 22, 2015)—A newly-published report by Minnesota Brownfields, Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment shares how redevelopment of idled, contaminated commercial industrial properties can lead Minnesota’s communities to economic growth and community revitalization while improving the environment. Three fact sheets summarize the work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines brownfields as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment […]

Metropolitan Council Hosting Information Session on Brownfield Resources

Metropolitan Council hosted a free information session to learn about local public financing that helps pay the cost of cleaning up contaminated sites. Over $8M in grant funds in addition to low cost loans will be available to investigate or clean up contaminants associated with real estate development. State and federal funds are available for […]

Hopportunity Knocks: Brownfields, Beer, and the Law

We were pleased to announce a special joint event sponsored by the MSBA section on Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy law and Minnesota Brownfields that examined the intersection of two movements in Minnesota- the redevelopment of brownfield properties and the craft brewing boom. This program began with a look a some current challenges to brownfield redevelopment, […]

Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

Vapor intrusion at sites contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has emerged as a key challenge for communities. Minnesota Brownfields presented a 2-part series examining vapor intrusion from all professional perspectives. Learn about the latest technical and due diligence issues, and expect to come away from these sessions with strategies for “surprise-free” redevelopment.  Program Agenda Attendees […]