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4th Annual Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop

Date: Thursday June 7, 7:45am - 6:30 pm

Location: John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue

Sponsors: NSCW; Schnapf Law & Bousqet Holstein PLLC; AKRF; TRC Solutions; LSRPA; Langan; CDM Smith

New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are states which, during the recent economic downturn, have reassessed and recast their redevelopment and remediation programs to drive area-wide revitalization to achieve economic development, create jobs and revitalize local and state economies. Often these redevelopment plans involve areas affected by Brownfield sites and other vacant and abandoned properties. Hear about how these states, and New York City with its unique municipally-implemented program and its agreement with the state, are taking aggressive actions to fund or otherwise facilitate strategic and catalytic redevelopment plans that will further these economic goals while returning Brownfield sites to productive reuse. Learn about liability protections, cutting red-tape, standardizing remedies and remediation privatization.

Morning Keynote Speaker: Charlie Bartsch, USEPA (invited) Sustainable Economic Development: Leveraging Federal Dollars to Get Deals Done

The Sustainable Communities Initiative in The Region: TOD comes to Life
Moderators: David Kooris, RPA & Christian Michel, AKRF, Inc.
Panelists: Jennifer Cribbs - US Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Ken Schwartz; Vanasse Hangen Brustlin; Holly Edinger - Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation; Brian Bidolli - Greater Bridgeport Regional Council; Tom Jost - Parsons Brinckerhoff

Crystal-balling the BCP: Current Opportunities and Potential Futures

Moderators: Larry Schnapf, Schnapf Law & Neil Pariser, NYC Brownfields Partnership
Panelists:Jody Kass - New Partners for Community Revitalization; Dale Denoyers - Allen & Desnoyers; Phil Bousquet, Bousqe - Holstein PLLC; Marc Godick, AK -

Working with Nature: Growing Economies from the Bottom Up!
Moderator: Kate Bakewell - Biocities
Panelists: Father Reginald Delanie Norman - Blessed Sacrament Church; Edie Stone - GreenThumb Program, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; Steve Smith - Oak Point Property LLC

Introduction to the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast – Stephen Jaffe, President and Kelley Race, New England Chapter; Introduction to the NJEDA – Mike Sylvester, Whitman

Luncheon Speaker: Leecia Eve, New York State Deputy Secretary for Economic Development – “Creating Sustainable Regions: Collaboration Across Borders”

Afternoon Breakout Sessions #1:

The Insiders Guide to Brownfield Redevelopment in Perilous Times
Moderators: Colleen Kokas, NJDEP & Denise Brinley, TRC Solutions
Panelists: George Vallone, Hoboken Brownstone Company; Randall Jostes, Environmental Liability Transfer; Stuart Miner, EnviroFinance Group-Brownfield Partners

Community Engagement and Brownfield Area-Wide Planning
Moderators: Zach Schreiber, NYC MOER & Shira Gidding, SoBro
Panelists: Liz Gabor, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation; Drew Curtis, Ironbound Community Corporation; Jorge H. Berkowitz, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Resilient Communities: Energy & Green Infrastructure
Moderator: Robert Bell, CT DEEP & Barry Hersh, New York University
Panelists: Virginia Roach, CDM Smith; Jessie Stratton, CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection; Mami Hara, City of Philadelphia Water Department; Lee Hoffman, Pullman & Comley LLC

Afternoon Breakout Sessions #2:

Innovations in Brownfield Cleanup Redevelopment – the Municipal Model: What’s Happening in NYC?
Moderator: David Freeman, Paul Hastings LLP & NYC Brownfield Partnership
Panelists: Sin Senh, Roux Associates; Andrew Orchulli, Related Real Estate; Mark P. McIntyre, NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation

Corporate Models of Property Disposition

Panelists: Isidoros Zanikos, DuPont; Marian Whiteman, General Electric; Kathleen McFadden, United Technologies Corporation; Evan van Hook, Honeywell

Brownfields for Energy (Brownfields Are Powerful!)
This session will explore how Brownfields/Landfills can be redeveloped for energy projects (i.e. solar, wind, CHP), polices that support that occurring, GIS & other tools to assist it happening (i.e. RePowering America's Initiative) and completed projects. Much can be learned from the successes to date and the conditions that allowed them to come to fruition. Examples will include New York brownfield projects with Combined Heat and Power, wind turbine projects sited on landfill/brownfields and landfills with utility-scale solar.

Moderator: James O’Toole, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Panelists: Evans Paull, Redevelopment Economics; Barry Skoulchi, Whitman Companies; Fernando Rosado, USEPA Region 2

Afternoon Plenary Session: What Lies Ahead: The Future of Cleanup and Redevelopment

Keynote Speaker: Walter Mugdan, EPA Region 2

Every year, this workshop helps people see into the future. As Director of Emergency and Remedial Response Division at USEPA Region 2, Walter Mugdan oversees some of the largest and most complex cleanups in the world. Join him and a multi-stakeholder panel to discuss what lies ahead at the federal, state and local level. This will be a wide-ranging discussion to include regulatory trends, cleanup technologies, redevelopment and community engagement.

Moderators: Beth Barton, Day Pitney & Michael Taylor, Vita Nuova LLC
Dave Hurley, Fuss & O’Neill
John Morris, Honeywell
Nancy Anderson, Sallan Foundation
Ben Alter, LSRPA Steering Committee, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Reception Sponsored by: (SWEP Logo)

Announce Winners of the:

Design with Nature Prize Sponsored by:

Judges to Include:
Nancy Anderson, Sallan Foundation
Kate Bakewell, Biocities
Others to be announced


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