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 […]
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About Natalie Brown
Natalie is the Program Manager of Minnesota Brownfields. Natalie’s work with Minnesota Brownfields includes developing, with the Minnesota Department of Health, a tool to incorporate health in brownfield redevelopment planning, updating research on the benefits of brownfield redevelopment throughout Minnesota, managing communications and social media, and presenting at local, state, and national conferences. Before joining Minnesota Brownfields, Natalie served as a Minnesota GreenCorps member with the Rochester Olmsted Planning Department working on alternative transportation education and outreach. From 2011-2013 Natalie worked at the Office of Sustainability at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Spanish, and GIS. Natalie enjoys being active and is a year-round bike commuter and runner. Natalie can be reached at (612) 545-6389 or via email.
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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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The EPA Brownfields Conference – Chicago 2015. The 20th anniversary of the first conference held in 1995. Stay tuned for info on a Minnesota happy hour!
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 […]
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 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 […]