Join us at the next National Brownfields Training Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 5 -7, 2017, with pre-conference workshops on December 4. We invite you to submit your ideas for dynamic educational sessions that encourage conversation and participation from your fellow attendees. A great Brownfields 2017 educational program will motivate brownfields stakeholders to engage, learn, and share their experiences and knowledge of community revitalization challenges and solutions.
Submit an abstract for a Brownfields 2017 session or presentation using our online submission form on www.brownfields2017.org. Accepting ideas until March 17, 2017.
The conference planning committee is looking for ideas in the following topic areas:
1. How Do We Design Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities?
We want to start conversations on how to promote transit-oriented development and build communities that are more resilient to climate change and other environmental issues. Give us ideas on how to track and measure our progress toward community resiliency, sustainability, and livability.
2. Is There a Greener Path?
How should we advise communities to manage assessments and cleanups to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change impacts throughout the brownfield revitalization process?
3. How Do We Leverage Financing to Spur Brownfields Redevelopment and Community Economic Development?
Give us your insights about how to move brownfields projects forward by overcoming funding challenges with creative money solutions (e.g., finding investors, leveraging public/private financing, tax incentives, insurance options, banking, etc.). Talk to us about the role of public private partnerships and the role of partnerships in meeting funding needs. What are the best financial and investment tools available to communities for spurring economic development?
4. What’s Your Community’s Reuse Success Story?
Share your success stories in reusing brownfields for housing, manufacturing, mixed use, commercial development, urban agriculture, green space, and other alternatives. Discuss temporary and interim uses for brownfields and tell us what advantages interim uses provide for community revitalization and neighborhood engagement.
5. What in the World?
Enlighten us with stories of what practices are working to address blight, brownfields cleanup and reuse, and community revitalization around the world. Lead us in a discussion of best practices, lessons learned, and great international success stories in places far away from the Steel City.
6. Are We Engaging the Local Community?
Lead us in a discussion about engaging and involving the local community using workforce development and job training, historic structures, cultural heritage, the arts community, faith-based organizations, community gardens, environmental justice, gentrification, and displacement, and more. Give us your best advice, based on direct experience, on how to make brownfields revitalization a success for all residents and businesses.
7. Can We Forge a New Era of State, Tribal, and Local Partnerships?
Submit your stories of successful brownfields partnerships that are structured to ensure sustainable revitalization. What are the best strategies for working at all levels of government to meet community revitalization challenges? Lead us in a discussion of how to form and leverage partnerships among levels of government to ensure livable and vibrant communities and sustainable revitalization.
8. How Do We Address Liability, Enforcement, and Technical Considerations?
Engage us in conversation about overcoming legal challenges, contamination issues, engineering considerations, and potential future liabilities of the brownfields redevelopment process.
View the Call for Ideas online here.
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