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 communities can […]

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 […]

St Cloud Economic Redevelopment of Brownfields Workshop

Minnesota Brownfields partnered with the City of St. Cloud to present strategies for successful economic redevelopment of brownfield sites. Date: May 18, 2017 Location: St. Cloud, MN Presentations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Funding Overview Steps for Successful Brownfield Redevelopment Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Brownfield Programs Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Cleanup Program […]

2017 Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

Session I – Vapor Intrusion: Going Beyond the Basics  Thursday, February 2, 2017 – Wilder Center, St. Paul Vapor Intrusion Intro / Regulations – BMPs Hans Neve, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Chris McLain, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Air Quality & Health Screening Metrics Jim Kelly, Minnesota Dept of Health The Science of VI and Building […]

GreenStep Cities + Brownfields 101

Our speakers described what brownfields are, the difficulties and opportunities that they provide, and how cities can use their brownfields in useful, sustainable projects. Date: February 1, 2017 Speakers: Natalie Brown, Minnesota Brownfields Shanna Schmitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Janice Gundlach, City of New Brighton Kristen Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development   Note: […]

2016 State of Brownfields Update

 The 9th annual State of Brownfields Update featured A Look Back: 10 years of Minnesota Brownfields, updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and more. Date: June 28, 2016 Speakers: Sandeep Burman- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Deborah DeLuca – Duluth Seaway Port Authority Ken Haberman – Landmark Environmental Wayne Nelson – retired (formerly […]

Renewable Energy Development on Brownfields

Date: February 3, 2016 Minnesota Brownfields convened 125 solar developers and brownfield redevelopment professionals in St. Paul, to discuss new opportunities for solar development in Minnesota.  Agenda Topics: Trends in the Solar Energy Sector in Minnesota – Lissa Pawlisch, UMN Clean Energy Teams Brightfields Considerations in a Nutshell – Mike Fisher, Impact 7G Xcel Energy […]

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

The workshop focused on helping community grant writers produce successful proposals for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assessment, Clean-Up and Revolving Loan Fund (ARC) grants. Participants also were provided with tools on 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 […]

2015 State of Brownfields Update

Date: May 29, 2015 Minnesota Brownfields annual State of Brownfields Update included topics on: 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. Agenda: Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment in […]

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 Minnesota State Bar Association 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 […]

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 Part […]