ctbrownfields: 2016 Connecticut Brownfields Conference

The 2016 Connecticut Brownfields Conference

The 2016 Connecticut Brownfields Conference was an opportunity for celebration, education, inspiration and collaboration. The event, which took place on May 17, 2016, brought together nearly 400 federal, state and local officials, developers, property owners, consultants, and attorneys to forge partnerships and encourage closer collaboration for brownfield redevelopment. Participants were able to enjoy many educational sessions – including success stories that we hope will inspire the next great brownfield redevelopment project – as well as opportunities to network, including a reception sponsored by Two Roads Brewing Company (Two Road Brewing Company is located on a former brownfield site). Below you’ll find copies of all of the presentations from our speakers throughout the day:

  • Introduction to the day and overview of Connecticut’s commitment to brownfields provided by Tim Sullivan.
  • Mayors from the cities of Hartford, Shelton, Waterbury, and New Britain discussed their perspectives on brownfields and shared how it has helped them tackle the issues of urban revitalization in their communities.
  • The Afternoon Keynote was provided by Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City and former President of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Andrew offered insights on the rise of the innovation economy, investing in community and workforce partnerships and the importance of reconsidering land use and regulations to further bolster growth.
  • Utilizing State and Federal Historic Tax Credits: Jane Jacobs famously wrote that “New ideas need old buildings,” and as Connecticut focuses on revitalizing its brownfields it also has an opportunity to preserve and reinvigorate its treasure trove of historic industrial sites. Julie Carmelich from the CT State Historic Preservation Office provided an overview of how State and Federal Historic Tax Credits can be leveraged to repurpose legacy buildings for the 21st Century economy.
  • Liability Relief and the Connecticut BRRP Program: In the last several years, Connecticut has become a national leader not only in funding brownfield redevelopment but also in developing customized liability relief tools to alleviate liability concerns that can stymie brownfield redevelopment. Fuss & O’Neill’s Dave Hurley led a discussion focused on the most powerful of these tools, the Brownfield Remediation and Revitalization Program (BRRP) as well as other liability relief tools.
  • Resiliency and Redevelopment: In a post-Sandy world, incorporating resiliency into all new development projects, including brownfields, is more front-of-mind than ever. Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s Pam Elkow led a discussion with panelists from Ramboll Environ and the Stamford 2030 District, of emerging trends in resilient development, focusing in particular on what Connecticut can learn from cities and countries around the world.
  • Connecticut Cleanup Programs: Do you know the difference between the Transfer Act and the Voluntary Cleanup Program? Ever wondered what the difference between subsection X and subsection Y really means? DEEP’s Mark Lewis provided an overview of the relevant Connecticut cleanup programs that are useful for first-time and experienced Connecticut brownfield project champions (municipalities and developers).
  • Siting Energy on Brownfields: Brownfields can be great candidates for siting energy generation projects, particularly from renewable energy sources like solar power and fuel cells as well as traditional energy projects. Pullman & Comley’s Lee Hoffman led a panel discussion of the opportunities, challenges and best practices related to energy-related brownfield redevelopment.
  • Best Practices in Green Remediation: Greener cleanups can minimize the environmental footprint of site investigation and remediation by reducing the impact to energy, water and natural resources. Brownfield redevelopment is wholly aligned with the tenets of green remediation. A panel comprised of Frank Gardner (EPA Region 1), John Simon (Gnarus Advisors LLC), Russell Downey (Pfizer), and Camille Fontanella (DEEP) discussed how the use of green best management practices (BMPs) can produce economic benefits and better environmental outcomes.

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