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What's New for Brownfields and Land Revitalization in New England

November 2017 Issue

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EPA Seal FY2018 Proposal Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants

Proposals due November 16, 2017


Workshop Session Materials

EPA New England conducted six workshop sessions to assist potential applicants in writing a winning proposal. The information provided at these sessions is found below.

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EPA Seal EPA Brownfields FY2018 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Request for Proposals

Proposals due December 15, 2017

The announcement and proposal guidelines are available at: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/announcing-new-request-proposals-fy-2018-environmental-workforce-development-and-job-0 and on www.grants.gov.

EPA will conduct an informational webinar for prospective grant applicants on November 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the Brownfields website.  You can access the webinar using this link: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/fy18ewdjt/

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Lombard via email at lombard.chris@epa.gov

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EPA Seal ORD Launches Mobile Web App of National Stormwater Calculator

EPA's National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a software application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site. Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners. The new mobile web application will help users balance land developments and landscaping with the right amount of green infrastructure.

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EPA Seal
EPA Local Foods Local Places Toolkit

Based on the best practices and lessons learned from Local Foods, Local Places workshops, EPA developed the Local Foods, Local Places Toolkit to help communities interested in using local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The toolkit provides step-by-step instructions for planning and hosting a community workshop and includes case studies and templates communities can adapt to their needs.

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Greenbuild 2017 Expo (Nov.8-9) and Conference (Nov. 8-10)Greenbuild 2017

November 8 – 10, 2017 | Boston Convention Center, Boston, MA

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The conference features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business.

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Wildlife Habitat Council - Conservation Conference 2017Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference 2017

November 8-9, 2017 | Baltimore Marriott Waterfront | Baltimore, Maryland

Learn From Industry Thought Leaders: Gain valuable advice and strategies to help you further your conservation efforts through our exciting speakers, and innovative sessions.

Celebrate Achievements: Celebrate the best of corporate conservation at our WHC Awards Dinner.

Build Your Network: Meet with fellow corporate conservationists face-to-face.

See the Latest Innovations: Visit Conference exhibitors to learn about their products and services.

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Soak Up the Rain LogoSoak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

"Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce: Jobs, Training and Certification for Installation, Maintenance and Monitoring"

As the number of green infrastructure projects like rain gardens, bioswales, green streets, green roofs and other best management practices expands, there is growing interest in the possibility that the green stormwater movement may be a potential source of jobs for local residents, including low-income and/or diverse neighborhoods. This webinar will share information on key occupations involved in installation, maintenance and monitoring of urban green infrastructure, highlight findings from "Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce," (a national study by Jobs for the Future), and highlight examples of existing and emerging job training and certification programs.

Presenters include:

  • Kevin Doyle, Principal, Green Economy, will report on findings and recommendations from Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce, a national study from Jobs for the Future that identifies and describes key occupations involved in the installation, maintenance, and monitoring of urban green infrastructure.
  • Bethany Bezak, Green Infrastructure Manager, DC Clean Rivers Project, DC Water and Sewer Authority, will discuss DC Water's leadership role in creating the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), and launching job training and contracting initiative for local residents to secure certification and be hired into entry-level jobs.
  • Amelia Rose, Executive Director, Groundwork Rhode Island, will report on development and initial results from landscaping job training programs that relate to green stormwater infrastructure.
  • Charlie Jewell, Director of Planning and Sustainability, Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC), will speak on how the commission is examining job training/workforce initiatives relating to green infrastructure, including BWSC's involvement in the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP).


For questions about the webinar series or if you have ideas for additional webinar topics, please email to soakuptherain@epa.gov

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NEWMOA Technical Training for Waste Site Cleanup ProfessionalsNEWMOA Combining Technologies to Improve Remedial Outcomes

November 14, 2017 | Quinebaug Valley Community College | Danielson, CT
November 15, 2017 | UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center | Lowell, MA
November 16, 2017 | Fireside Inn & Suites | Lebanon, NH

More than one remedial approach is often necessary to achieve remedial action objectives and reach site closure. Different tools may be the most suitable to address the various contaminant phases/concentrations in the ‘compartments’ present at the same site. Adaptive, flexible, iterative, and attentive approaches are essential to achieving results, whether using one tool or combining several. Combining remedies is not limited to large sites. Small to medium-sized sites like dry cleaners, gas stations, and home heating oil tanks may be particularly suitable for the use of different technologies to address sources and dissolved phase plumes.

This workshop will provide information on planning and implementing various remedial technologies in combination including:

  • Site characterization & conceptual site model (CSM)
  • Reagent delivery
  • Thermal remediation
  • In-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO)
  • In-situ chemical reduction (ISCR)
  • Bioremediation
  • Surfactants & oxidants
  • In-situ carbon injection

Presenters include:

  • Gorm Heron, Cascade/TerraTherm
  • Jim Cummings, EPA
  • Dan Socci, EthicalChem
  • Paul Dombrowski, ISOTEC
  • Jay Romano, Redox-Tech
  • Maureen Dooley, Regenisis
  • Matt Burns, WSP
  • Mike Marley, XDD

Continuing Education Credits: NEWMOA has applied for at least 5.5 continuing education credits (CECs) for CT LEPs, Mass LSPs, and NJ LSRPs and will post course numbers when approval is received. There is a $50 fee to obtain CT LEP, Mass LSP, and/or NJ LSRP CECs - make sure to choose "Private Sector (with CEC)" as your participant type when registering so this fee is included in a single registration payment. Please let us know which type of credits you need when registering. If you want only a general attendance certificate you do not need to pay the extra fee. Review NEWMOA's Continuing Education Attendance Procedures (PDF) (1 pg, 170 K) prior to the workshop.

The registration fee is $200 (or $250 if CT, MA, and/or NJ CECs are needed) with a reduced rate of $50 for government officials, non-profit staff, and academic researchers. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

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Brownfields 2017: Registration & Housing Now Open!Brownfields 2017 Conference

December 5-7, 2017 | Pittsburgh, PA

The next Brownfields Conference is taking place in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Council of Development Finance Agencies logoCDFA New England Conference

December 14, 2017 | Boston, MA

CDFA will be hosting a one-day New England Financing Conference on December 14, 2017 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the New England economies going forward. Visit the conference website for more information and to register.

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Banner: Assessment, Cleanup & Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES)
ACRES: Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System

EPA offers the following ACRES online training courses to aid Brownfields Cooperative Agreement Recipients in reporting their grant-funded activities using ACRES:

Getting Started
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients just starting to use ACRES, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your property data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 90 minutes.

Day Date Time Webinar Link
Tuesday November 14, 2017 2:00 pm Eastern Time WebEx Session
Tuesday January 9, 2018 2:00 pm Eastern Time WebEx Session
Tuesday March 13, 2018 2:00 pm Eastern Time WebEx Session

The Next Level
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients that are familiar with using ACRES, this training will provide instruction on how to make ACRES work for you and your property scenarios, and the answers to some commonly asked questions. Approximately 90 minutes.

Day Date Time Webinar Link
Tuesday December 12, 2017 2:00 pm Eastern Time WebEx Session
Tuesday February 13, 2018 2:00 pm Eastern Time WebEx Session

Job Training
For Job Training Recipients, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your Job Training data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 60 minutes.

Day Date Time Webinar Link
Tuesday December 12, 2017 1:00 pm Eastern Time WebEx Session
Tuesday March 13, 2018 1:00 pm Eastern Time WebEx Session
Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:00 pm Eastern Time WebEx Session

For more information, go to the ACRES Training page.

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