By Alison Dodd, Communications Intern
The 15th Annual New Partners For Smart Growth Conference took place in Portland, OR from February 11th to February 13th and included panels, tours, workshops, networking opportunities and various learning activities for participants. CCLR’s Director of Programs, Ignacio Dayrit (below), moderated two panels for those looking for information and strategies to help initiate brownfield redevelopment in their own communities.
“Eyesores to Eye Candy: Land Recycling Strategies” provided participants with data, tools, and techniques for initiating land recycling projects. Three Oregon practitioners explained strategies for land recycling and answered questions about engaging the community in redevelopment, policy reforms that encourage sustainable development, and specific tools and strategies that work throughout the whole process. The session was interactive and enlightening for participants who were not aware of the ample benefits and outcomes of reclaiming brownfields and other vacant or underutilized properties.
“Tools of the Trade: Securing Funds and Engaging Communities in Brownfields” focused on teaching community members how to secure funds for their land recycling endeavors. Receiving federal funding for brownfields is competitive and the process of redeveloping a brownfield site can be nerve wracking and stressful. Luckily, through EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program, CCLR provides a helping hand to communities looking to redevelop a brownfield site. CCLR and other TAB providers shared tips on how communities can be more competitive in their applications for EPA brownfield grants. Participants learned how brownfields redevelopment benefits low-income communities and concrete tools they could use to get community members active in the redevelopment process.
CLICK HERE to download other presentations and materials from the New Parners for Smart Growth Conference.
Photo courtesy of Nathan