Be sure to check out the MPCA/Minnesota booth at the exhibit hall!
Using Health Impact Assessment to Improve Brownfield Redevelopment
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM, Stevens Salon A-4
JAMES KELLY, MINNESOTA DEPT. OF HEALTH
MILES BALLOGG, CARDNO
SANDRA WHITEHEAD, NACCHO
HEIDI TIMM-BIJOLD, CITY OF DULUTH
The target audience for this session is local government officials, developers, and community members involved in redevelopment planning for brownfields. This session introduces health impact assessment (HIA), a tool for identifying the many positive benefits of brownfield redevelopment on public health, the role it can play in the redevelopment process and how to actively engage communities in a conversation about health. Two case studies will be featured. One comes from Pasco County Florida where HIA was used to influence the County’s redevelopment of a brownfield site into a multi-use community center. The other comes from the Minnesota Department of Health which created a tool to identify the potential health impacts of brownfield cleanup on surrounding areas and pilot-tested it in a Duluth, MN health impact assessment (HIA) in 2014.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Cross-Program Coordination
10:45- 11:15AM, Stevens Salon B
JOHN BETCHER, MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY
SHANNA SCHMITT, MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY
STACY VAN ETTEN, MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY
Join Minnesota’s Pollution Control Agency for a discussion of cross-program coordination of their brownfields programs. The discussion will also feature discussion of the redevelopment of National Priority List sites in Minnesota.
Unique Models for Statewide Cooperation
1:15-2:30, Stevens Salon A-2
CARRIE GEYER, MICHIGAN DEQ
MARTHA FAUST, MINNESOTA BROWNFIELDS
MICHAEL PRAGER, REMEDIATION AND REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan have taken different tracks to foster collaboration on brownfields challenges: the cornerstones of Michigan’s program are tied to how Michigan views liability and the successful partnership between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; in Minnesota through creation of a statewide nonprofit organization with interdisciplinary leadership; Wisconsin’s Brownfields Study Group has worked with state agencies and the legislature for 17 years to increase the number of contaminated properties that are cleaned up and returned to productive use. These distinct approaches have successfully broken down institutional silos, engaged diverse stakeholders, fostered innovation, and influenced brownfield policy and practices. Learn about these three state approaches and share your own partnership success stories.
Hopopportunity Knocks: Overcoming the Bitterness of Brownfield Redevelopment with Breweries
1:50-2:20, Stevens Salon B
MARCUS MARTIN, METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
Minnesota has a deep history in beer brewing that is seeing a renaissance. The craft brewing industry is growing rapidly with new breweries in all corners of the state. Changing a formerly vacant, deteriorating historic brewery or building a new urban brewery requires extensive cleanup, determination and collaboration. We reveal strategic decisions on successful site selection, contamination cleanup, and community revitalization that lead to iconic housing and turning industry into a destination in the land of sky blue waters.