Integrity speaks at the National Brownfields Conference, ‘Sustainable Communities Start Here’/Brownfields 2013

Integrity speaks at the National Brownfields Conference, 'Sustainable Communities Start Here'/Brownfields 2013
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MAY 15 – 17, 2013 — ATLANTA, GA

We’ll be joining Diana Christy of the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environmental Quality and Frank McLaughlin of the Office of Brownfield Reuse, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to co-present in a workshop entitled ‘Addressing Corridor Challenges in Infrastructure Projects’. Laura Fay of FLOW (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed) will join us in our portion of the workshop, which will focus on specific stormwater management strategies used in the Columbus urban neighborhood of Weinland Park. Our presentation will include specifics on front-yard and curbside rain gardens and alley right-of-way gardens.

The National Brownfields Conference is the largest event in the nation that focuses on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a brownfield is a property that has a presence, or potential presence, of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants, thus creating complications during its expansion, redevelopment, or reuse. EPA’s Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse these properties.

Every 18 months the National Brownfields Conference convenes, attracting over 6,000 stakeholders in brownfields redevelopment and cleanup to share knowledge about sustainable reuse and celebrate the program’s success.

National EPA Brownfields Conference Update:

The conference was a roaring success… thanks to a last minute change in format that I wasn’t too sure would work at first. Instead of having a 45 minute session with a PowerPoint presentation we were asked to give three 15 minute presentations to a roving audience. What?! How do we convey everything about the project in 15 min?

EXACTLY! We had to rely on our ability to distill the most important info from the 2.5 years of involvement! What do folks really need to know about this type of project which may not really be project specific. In this case it was: 1) community involvement 2) with partnerships 3) on a multilayered project that included assessment, education, maintenance, neighborhood job creation 4) implementing water mitigation 5) on a contiguous group of inner city residences 6) using site appropriate, designed, raingardens and bioswales 7) that blend into the landscape of the neighborhood 8) evoking buy-in, branding, and beautification of the neighborhood.

Many thanks to the EPA Brownfields Conference members and staff, our Cincinnati and New Jersey session partners on ‘Addressing Corridor Challenges in Infrastructure Projects’, and our wonderful project partner from FLOW, Laura Fay.

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