2023 California Land Recycling Conference: People, Partnerships, Progress
People, Partnerships, Progress Agenda
|Recordings & Presentations||Photo Gallery|
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 and the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Office of Brownfields in collaboration with the Center for Creative Land Recycling hosted the California Land Recycling Conference (CALRC) from September 26-28. Read the CALRC 2023 recap blog post “The People Behind Progress in Land Recycling” here.
CALRC is the premier event for community, municipal, and redevelopment professionals focused on the beneficial reuse of underutilized and contaminated properties. With unprecedented resources to address brownfield cleanup and reuse challenges, CALRC provided the tools, training, and connections you need to create and capitalize on opportunities for revitalization.
This year’s themes of People, Partnerships, Progress were incorporated throughout the conference’s topics to emphasize the benefits of new connections, greater capacity, accessible funding, and navigating your path from remediation to revitalization. We hope to engage People in brownfield reuse, develop long lasting Partnerships, and support Progress within communities!
|Nearly all CALRC sessions have been submitted for AICP Certification Maintenance credit. If approved, AICP certified planners can earn upwards of 10 CM credits by attending CALRC. Session accreditation
is supported by Smart Growth America.
What Makes CALRC 2023 Special?
This year, the California Land Recycling Conference focused on People, Partnerships and Progress. In line with these themes, participants were invited to four bonus events to dig even deeper into land reuse. Below you will find descriptions of each event.
CALRC Land Reuse and Community Development Funding Fair
September 26, 2023 | 2:45pm – 5:00pm
Against the backdrop of historic investment in equitable development, climate change resilience, and sustainable land recycling, state and federal entities will convene to showcase an expanding catalog of funding opportunities and resources for beneficial reuse.
Join representatives from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), California State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Housing and Community Development, Strategic Growth Council, SDSU Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TCTAC), and more.
Photo Gallery – Disappearing Portals: A View to Historic Brownfields
Brownfield sites hold the potential to contribute to their surrounding environment, either for new development or as portals to the past.
This photo gallery will offer a sampling of photographs from the collections Historic American Buildings Survey to bring awareness to the legacy of historic buildings and structures that existed on the American landscape.
The intention of this gallery is to spark an appreciation for the beauty in brownfields, so that we can make thoughtful and considerate choices for their stewardship and reuse going forward.
CALRC Classic! Brownfield Karaoke Sing-Along
Wednesday, September 27 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of music and great conversation. Whether you want to sing your heart out solo or sing along with the group, Brownfield Karaoke is for all. Our catalog of land reuse inspired songs pulls from every era and every genre; we guarantee you’ll find a song to suit your mood. This social event is capped at 50 attendees so don’t delay! Drinks and light fare will be provided and dinner is available to purchase.
Post-Conference Event – The Bold Rush: Just Transition Reuse of Former Oil Fields
Thursday, September 28 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm
California wants to transition former oil fields into living-wage jobs, open space, commercial, and even housing opportunities. While a few pieces are falling into place, there are huge funding and responsibility uncertainties. Join the discussion to explore the many questions and proposed solutions our community has to offer.
Schedule of Events
CALRC Pre-Conference: Registration & Networking
Registration, Networking, and Lunch
Welcome Plenary - Mayor of Carson Lula Davis-Holmes, EPA R9 Deputy Regional Administrator Cheree Peterson, and CA DTSC Director Meredith Williams
Show Me the Money: Tapping into Unprecedented Levels of Funding for Land Reuse and Equitable Development
Planning for Perpetuity: Effective Long Term Management of Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Systems
Mini-Funding Fair - Learn more about additional financing opportunities that support land reuse, climate change resilience, and community revitalization initiatives
Home within Range: Successful Affordable Housing for Brownfield Sites
Should it Stay or Should it Go? In-situ vs. Ex-situ Solutions for Brownfields - Follow-up to the CALRC 2022 Session ‘Going Green: Connecting Sustainability with Remediation Success’ that takes the next step in helping site owners and stakeholders implement more sustainable approaches to remediate brownfields.
Transforming Challenges Into Opportunities: Navigating Brownfield Redevelopment from a Developer's Lens
Making a List, Checking it Twice: How to Create an Inventory of Brownfield Sites
Happy Hour & Disappearing Portals Photo Gallery
Breakfast and Networking
The Bridge Builders: How to Access and Build Capacity for Funding Opportunities that Support Community Visions
Getting to the Finish Line: Navigating Voluntary Agreements Through the DTSC
Reuse Reports Round Up: Practical Financial and Planning Reports for Brownfields Redevelopment Decision Making
Equitable Community Engagement, Building a Plan that Amplifies Voices
Getting to the Finish Line: Navigating Projects Through the Water Board Process
Navigating Rural Reuse: Challenges, Strategies and Community Empowerment
Mid-day Plenary - Women Visionaries
Lunch and Networking
Harnessing Opportunities: Brownfields as Catalysts for Climate Resilient Communities
Persistent PFAS: Stickiness in a Non-Stick Environment
Brownfield Cleanups, Reuse and Equitable Development: Holistic Approaches for Community Restoration
Afternoon Plenary - Challenging Community Displacement: Placemaking, Placekeeping, and Belonging
- Zero to Hero: Use of CLRRA to Facilitate Complex Brownfield Projects
- Community Engagement for Success
- Telling your Brownfields Story with ACRES
- Effective Tribal Outreach and Engagement
- Towards Developing a Statewide Brownfield Inventory
- New Life for Old Buildings
- DTSC’s Approach on Vapor Intrusion by SMRP Southern California Division Chief Peter Garcia
- Digitizing the Brownfield
Brownfield Karaoke Sing-Along at the Doubletree, Salon 3
Breakfast and Networking
Morning Plenary - The Aha! Moment: From Data to People Oriented Resilience Planning featuring Alfred Fraijo Jr., Founder and CEO of SOMOS Group & Luis Gutierrez, Director of Energy and Water for the Office of LA Mayor Karen Bass
Renewable Energy as a Catalyst for Renewing Communities
Smooth Move: Transitioning from Investigation to Cleanup
Closing Keynote - Yana Garcia, CalEPA Secretary
Founder, Director & Principal Investigator | Hunters Point Biomonitoring Foundation
Environmental Scientist/Project Manager | Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Managing Director | Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE)
Partner / Co-leader, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness / Co-leader, Environmental | Nixon Peabody
Sustainability Coordinator | County of Kaua ‘ i’s Office of Economic Development
National Leader for Asset Transformation and Brownfield Redevelopment | Stantec
Senior Consultant & Senior Project Manager | Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
Head of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) and Site Cleanup Section | State Water Quality Control Board
Climate Investments Branch Chief | CA Department of Housing and Community Development
Environmental Scientist & Educator | University of California, Riverside
Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Manager and Assistant Deputy Director | State Water Board Division of Financial Assistance
Brownfield Development Specialist | Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Director of the Community Power and Policy Partnerships Program | Othering & Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley
Petroleum Administrator | City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Office of Petroleum and Natural Gas Administration
Program Director for Climate and Sustainability | UC Merced Community and Labor Center
Supervising Engineering Geologist | Division of Water Quality at the State Water Resources Control Board
Professor | SDSU Department of Geography; Executive Director | Center for Regional Sustainability
Brownfield Revitalization Specialist |Center for Creative Land Recycling
Environmental Scientist | Washoe Tribe Environmental Protection Department of NV and CA
Program Administrator | The Project Center for Regional Sustainability
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Programs & Operations | Healing Justice Santa Barbara
Brownfield Development Manager | Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Senior Vice President of Environmental Services and National Specialist on Brownfields & Landfill Redevelopment | SCS Engineers
Program and Operations Manager for CVCI | Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Chief of Discovery and Enforcement Program | CA Department of Toxic Substances Control
Brownfield Revitalization Specialist | Center for Creative Land Recycling
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
- CAC Specialty
- Chaberton Energy
- EKI Environment and Water, Inc.
- GSI Environmental
- Nixon Peabody
- SCS Engineers
- Geosyntec Consultants
- Greenberg Glusker LLP
- Intrinsyx Environmental
- Terradex, Inc.
- AKT Peerless
- C.E.R.E.S Remediation Products
- Group Delta
- Redox Tech
- Beneficial State Bank
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