Entries by Natalie Brown

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 […]

Minnesota Real Estate Journal

Brownfields Summit Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Program Golden Valley Country Club 7001 Golden Valley, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427, USA Early-Bird Rate $89 Regular Rate $99 Walk-Ins Welcome | Walk-In Rate $129 Register here Speakers Include: Dan Fetter, Barr Engineering Janice Gundlach, City of New Brighton Gary Krueger, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Kristin Lukes, MN DEED Shauen […]

St Cloud Economic Redevelopment of Brownfields Workshop

You are invited to attend a free brownfields workshop on Thursday, May 18, 2017, which is being co-hosted by the City of St. Cloud and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University. The workshop will run from 9:00  a.m. until about 1:00p.m at St Cloud City Hall (map). Registration is FREE […]

Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

Join Minnesota Brownfields for analysis of the latest changes and challenges related to vapor intrusion at brownfield sites. Session Two features more current case studies and a panel featuring diverse practitioner perspectives on the most challenging aspects of this still-evolving field. Watch the forum here! Session Two: Learning from Implementation Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – […]

Member Happy Hour

Flat Earth Brewing Thursday, February 23 4:30- 6:30pm 688 Minnehaha Ave E St Paul, MN (map) This event is free, drinks can be purchased individually. RSVP here. BONUS! Flat Earth Brewing hosts open mic night starting at 7:00pm. Stick around and test your brownfield stand-up comedy skills. This is a new benefit for our Community Council […]

GreenStep Cities + Brownfields 101

Join Minnesota Brownfields and GreenStep Cities for a discussion on brownfield redevelopment in Minnesota Wednesday February 1 9:00- 11:00am League of Minnesota Cities (map) Register here or click here to register for the webinar. This workshop will take a closer look at Best Practice 25: Green Business Development, with a special focus on action 5, which addresses previously developed […]

Brownfield Gap Financing Program Informational Session

Join Minnesota Brownfields and Hennepin County as we discuss the Brownfield Gap Financing Program for 2017. A short speaker series including MN Brownfields, Hennepin County, and Project for Pride in Living will be followed by a question and answer session. The Brownfield Gap Financing program (BGFP) provides grants to nonprofit developers for environmental assessment of […]

2016 ReScape Awards

Aria, Minneapolis Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:00 – 7:30 pm Purchase tickets here. Vote for your favorite project from past finalists here! View recent finalists. See this year’s sponsors. Join Minnesota Brownfields and members of Minnesota’s redevelopment community in celebrating finalist projects demonstrating innovation, collaboration, and exemplary results in revitalizing formerly contaminated land. The program features […]

2016 Economic Redevelopment of Brownfields Workshop, Mankato, MN

The City of Mankato, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Minnesota Brownfields and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University offered a free brownfield workshop on September 22. Presenters: Martha Faust, MN Brownfields Mike Humpal, City of Fairmont Gary Krueger, MPCA Kristin Lukes, MN DEED Kristin […]

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

Join us for 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 […]

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Brown Program Coordinator Minnesota Brownfields 612-545-6389 nbrown@mnbrownfields.org 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 […]

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