Brownfields Bootcamp

Brownfields Bootcamp: An Educational Series for New Brownfield Professionals

This customized training sequence brings subject matter experts together with newer professionals from diverse fields consisting of: economic development specialists, environmental remediation specialists, engineers, developers, construction professionals, attorneys, lenders, regulatory department staff (including stormwater, solid waste, and tax forfeiture), and more. Participants will learn and connect as a cohort with topic experts to learn the fundamentals and start-to-finish best practices of brownfield redevelopment using real-world case studies, to help participants stay competitive and accelerate redevelopment projects.

Participant Benefits:

  • Hands-on, practical training that will equip newer professionals with the skills and knowledge in a range of areas representing all facets of contaminated site remediation and redevelopment. An understanding of how developers, brokers, environmental professionals, attorneys, and regulators work together to complete a successful brownfield redevelopment.
  • Brownfield Bootcamp Insiders’  binder of redevelopment resources and references.
  • Networking opportunity with diverse redevelopment sector professionals.
  • Continuing education credits: 8 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits; Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Engineers, Geologists and Landscape Architects.
  • Certificate of completion (full course attendance required).

Please direct any questions or requests to info@mnbrownfields or call 651-307-4371

Schedule:  All sessions start at 2:00 P.M. and finish by 4:30 P.M.

Brownfield Redevelopment Primer – September 19 – 701 Xenia Ave South, St. Louis Park, 55416 (WSB)

  • High level overview of brownfield redevelopment process & considerations: site selection, budgets, ROI
  • Legal issues involved in brownfield/redevelopment property transactions

Speakers: Monte Hilleman, St. Paul Port Authority; Sue Steinwall, Fredrikson & Byron

Site Investigations – October 24 – 4300 MarketPointe Dr, Minneapolis 55435 (Barr Engineering) Includes social hour and networking after session

  • Best approaches: Phase I/II do’s and don’ts, pre-demolition hazardous building materials surveys, how to successfully deal with geo-technical and site/layout challenges
  • Role of MPCA/regulatory process

Speakers: Ken Haberman, Landmark Environmental; Sheryl Filby Williams, Barr Engineering

Response Action Plans and Materials Management – December 6 – 700 Meadow Lane North, Minneapolis, 55422 (Mortenson)

  • Response Action Plans & managing clean-up on-site
  • How to succesfully navigate regulatory standards
  • Assurance letters & Institutional controls
  • Intro to SRVs/ISVs/HRLs

Speakers: David Liverseed, Mortenson; Chris Thompson, Braun Intertec

Site Tour & Social Reception – January 16, 2019 – 807 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, 55413  (Highlight Center & Able Seedhouse). Project tour by Hillcrest Development

Risk and Exposure – February 20, 2019 – 80 South 8th Street, 500 IDS Center, Minneapolis, 55402 (Gray Plant Mooty)

  • What is risk assessment? How to limit risk?
  • Exposure vs risk, exposure routes
  • Standards revisited: risk levels for soil/groundwater/vapor
  • Legal implications
  • Role of environmental insurance

Speakers:  Eric Hesse, Terracon; Rick Kubler, Gray Plant Mooty; Tim Grape, MPCA

2018 State of Brownfields: A State and Federal Policy Update

The 2018 State of Brownfields event featured a breakdown of key Minnesota and Federal policy initiatives from the past year. In addition, attendees were presented with a brief update on the Minnesota Brightfields Initiative: an interdisciplinary group working to advance solar energy on capped landfills in Minnesota.

June 19, 2018


Matt Glaesman, City of St. Cloud
Monte Hilleman, St. Paul Port Authority 
Paul Hyde, Hyde Development
Lucy McMartin, City of Winona
Senator Erik Simonson, Minnesota Senate (Jobs & Economic Growth Finance & Policy; Environment & Natural Resources Finance Committees) 
Josh Straka, Office of U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (MN-04)
Paula Sunde, Office of U.S. Senator Tina Smith (MN)
Heidi Timm-Bijold, City of Duluth
Charlie Vander Aarde, Metro Cities

CLEs: 1.25 Standard Hours Approved
Event Code: 257965

Thank you to our host:

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Note: If you wish to access presentations and documents from past presentations, please contact Access to past presentations and documents is reserved to Minnesota Brownfields members.

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 the revised SRVs and BTVs are finalized.

The SRV technical support document is not intended to replace program specific soil investigation guidance. It is intended to describe the soil land use categories, methodology and exposure assumptions used to derive the SRVs and provide basic recommendations on what should be considered when using SRVs.

If you have questions or concerns, contact MPCA at

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.

Brownfields 2015 Conference September 2-4

Brownfields 2015

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 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 environmental investigation and cleanup activities at sites with:

  • Petroleum contamination
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Soil contamination
  • Asbestos and hazardous building materials

Agency representatives discussed programs and funds available from:

  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Hennepin County
  • Ramsey County



  • Metropolitan Council at 651-602-1054 or
  • DEED at 651-259-7449