CCLR Webinars Archive

It's Just a Phase: Analyze and Utilize a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are a critical step for brownfields projects to identify potential environmental concerns and/or data gaps with the property. While most real estate transactions and property valuations typically require a Phase I ESA, a Phase II ESA may also be required to gather additional information about potential environmental contamination of the site. When is a Phase II needed? What information will you receive from the assessment? And most importantly, what do you do once the Phase II is completed?

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Building Equity: Leveling the playing field through land reuse and how to know you're doing it well

The historical siting of our infrastructure and industry helped to create systematically unequal conditions in communities, making the neighborhoods that can least afford it even more vulnerable to disinvestment, the climate crisis, and growing income inequality. Land reuse offers stakeholders the chance to repair the wrongs of the past and use their projects to move the needle towards equity, making urban spaces healthier and safer for all. But how do we know what "good” redevelopment looks like? How do we achieve consensus with a diverse group of stakeholders? And most importantly, how do we know if we've been successful?

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Get Your Game On: Preparing to Win in the Fall 2021 Brownfields Grant Competition

What do March Madness, the World Series and Brownfields Grants have in common? Upfront planning and the ‘heart’ in the effort is often what leads to the most successful outcomes. Hear about tips for boosting your community’s revitalization efforts, how to become even more competitive, and how to win a Brownfields grant for your community. The webinar discusses upfront planning and areas communities should focus on now in order to be more competitive in the FY22 EPA Brownfield Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (MARC) grant competition this fall. Get your game on!

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Vision-to-Action: Set Your Sites on Engagement

The Vision-to-Action (V2A) community engagement model is a proven method of working with a community to reimagine underutilized and blighted areas. It engages municipal staff, residents, community groups, regulators, local businesses, and the property owner to work together, establish goals, and compare alternatives to optimize redevelopment outcomes. The V2A process also gives diverse and historically underrepresented stakeholders a voice in the planning process, resulting in higher quality, community-informed and supported projects that are more likely to reach completion. 


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Estorbos Públicos y el Nuevo Código Municipal: Parte I

Parte I: Planificación y Declaración

10 de febrero de 2021
La nueva legislación en Puerto Rico hace posible que las ciudades y comunidades adquieran propiedades abandonadas a bajo o a ningún costo, proporcionando amplias oportunidades para el desarrollo de viviendas asequibles y la reutilización equitativa de sitios abandonados, algunos de los cuales pueden ser Brownfields. Sin embargo, el éxito de estos esfuerzos depende de la efectividad de los programas de reducción de estorbos y los procedimientos de adquisición de propiedades de la ciudad. 

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Estorbos Públicos y el Nuevo Código Municipal: Parte II

Parte II: Estabilización y Adquisición

24 de febrero de 2021
La  segunda parte del seminario se centra en los aspectos prácticos de estabilizar un estorbo público y adquirirlo para futuros planes de redesarrollo. Este seminario proporciona estrategias para la estabilización de comunidades y a la vez explora los nuevos mecanismos que existen para la adquisición de propiedades a bajo o ningún costo por parte de los gobiernos locales. El seminario en línea cubrirá los detalles sobre cómo devolver las propiedades de estorbo público al mercado de la vivienda, cómo crear y gestionar los medios para su disposición y cuáles son los pasos a seguir para la creación de Bancos Comunitarios de Tierras. Los asistentes aprenderán que la inversión de fondos públicos puede ser menor de lo que se percibe y cómo lidiar con los obstáculos legales que hacen que la aplicación adecuada del código sea una verdadera ventaja para su comunidad y municipio.

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Redesarrollo de Brownfields: Estrategia para la Revitalización Económica y la Justicia Ambiental

Realizado 9 de diciembre de 2020

La Liga de Ciudades de Puerto Rico y el Centro para el Reciclaje Creativo de Tierras (CCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) presentó este seminario web interactivo diseñado para líderes y profesionales del sector público y sin fines de lucro interesados en el desarrollo económico y la justicia ambiental a través de la reutilización de la tierra. En esta sesión de 90 minutos, escucharon sobre el proceso de redesarrollo y los recursos financieros y técnicos disponibles vinculados al desarrollo económico para impulsar la reutilización de propiedades para beneficio de la comunidad. Recursos incluyeron expertos de La Liga de Ciudades de Puerto Rico, CCLR, la Agencia de Protección Ambiental Federal, Invest Puerto Rico y el Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico.


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Presented December 9, 2020

Brownfields Redevelopment: Strategies for Economic Revitalization and Environmental Justice

Brownfield MAC Grants - Preparing a Competitive Application

CCLR and other Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) providers presented a webinar on Brownfield MAC Grants and preparing a competitive application for FY2021 grants. Brownfield experts went over the do’s and don’ts of a grant application and provided an overview of the changes in the guidelines since last year. We went through each section of the guidelines providing tips on how to approach difficult criterion and those criterion where communities typically struggle, provided examples of good language to address various criterion and how to use your past debrief comments to make a stronger application this year. The webinar also highlighted TAB resources and e-tools available to assist you with developing your best application. 


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From Inventory to Marketing: Gaining Visibility for Your Underutilized Sites

This short presentation has something for everyone with known or suspected brownfields ready for redevelopment. We will take you through conducting an inventory and prioritizing sites and share ways you can market your properties online and through hardcopy factsheets. The starting point of a good marketing sheet is an asset inventory; which of your site’s features will pique the interest of an investor or developer. We will share online links, sample inventories, and actual marketing sheets.



Jean Hamerman | CCLR 
Steve Black | Racer Trust 
Bill Callen | Behan Communications 
Patrick Terborg | TD+Partners 


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PFAS 2020 Update: Slippery Slope or Manageable Risk for Property Transactions and Redevelopment?



This webinar will introduce the brownfields community to PFAS and the potential implications of PFAS on property transactions and redevelopment projects. Speakers provide a sneak-peak at the forthcoming California Water Board Environmental Screening Levels (ESLs) for PFAS compounds, discuss findings from the Water Board’s required California-wide PFAS sampling at landfills, airports, and supply wells, and provide updates from the perspective of underwriting and claims in the insurance industry. lSpeakers also provide the background and tools to allow the redevelopment community to evaluate and address PFAS risks on projects throughout the US.



Corey Carpenter | Environmental Engineer | EKI Environment & Water, Inc.
Nicole Fry | Research Scientist III, California Regional Water Quality Control Board | San Francisco Bay Region
Trisha Blau | Environmental Services Group Managing Director | Aon Risk Solutions


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