June 2015
Minnesota Brownfields News
Upcoming Events & Announcements


Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Summit

Friday, June 12, 8am
Golden Valley Country Club
Register here

EDAM Redevelopment Case Study
Thursday, July 9
Surly Brew Hall, Minneapolis
More info here

Economic Redevelopment of Brownfields Workshop
Tuesday, July 14
Winona, MN
Register here
EPA Grantwriting Workshop
Wednesday, July 15
Hutchinson, MN
Register here


EPA Brownfields MN Happy Hour

FREE
Minnesota's Happy Hour is scheduled for September 1! RSVP  here
Brownfields conference info  here



Minnesota News
Mac Hyde Award nomination period open through June 26
Mac Hyde
Mac Hyde Award nominations is open until 12 noon, June 26. This individual merit  award honors Mac's legacy in brownfield  redevelopment and exceptional work ethic, and the winner of the award will be announced at the ReScape Awards on November 12. Nominations received in past years will be considered. View the nominee criteria here  
Technical Assistance to Brownfields workshops offered in Hutchinson and Winona
Minnesota Brownfields and Kansas State University are offering Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) workshops on July 14 and 15 in Winona and Hutchinson, respectfully. The workshop in Winona will cover brownfields definitions, funding resources, and local case studies. Hutchinson's workshop will assist attendees in preparing EPA grants. More information and registration can be found here, under "Minnesota."  
CHS Field opens for St. Paul Saints season in Lowertown Saint Paul
CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul is the first sports venue to meet Minnesota's B3 Benchmarking for rating building sustainability. The stadium has been constructed on one of the top 10 most highly contaminated properties in the Twin Cities. Sustainable building design incorporates storm water features, materials reuse, and solar panels. Read more about the CHS Field development here, and make sure to catch a game this summer. 
Minnesota funding sources highlighted in EPA Brownfields Conference blog
The EPA Conference blog has been accepting guest posts, and Minnesota's funding sources have been highlighted. The grants offered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development, Metropolitan Council, Hennipen and Ramsey Counties have been showcased for their unique methods of working together to fund brownfield projects. Read the post here.
Greater MSP releases Regional Indicators Dashboard
Greater MSP has developed a Regional Indicators Dashboard to track economic, environmental, and social metrics for the MSP region. This data can be used to track progress for the metro area and predict future performance. View the dashboard here .  
National News
Online Trainings through ITRC
June 16, 12:00- 2:15pm
June 18, 12:00-2:15pm
New push to re-establish the Brownfield Tax Incentive
The Brownfield Tax Incentive, originally signed into law in 1997, allowed taxpayers to deduct the cost of cleanup the years the costs were incurred. In 2011 the Incentive expired, but as market trends draw more urban development, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-5) has made a push to re-establish the program. Read more from Smart Growth America here .
Largest solar development in New England built on closed landfills

A 22 megawatt solar development on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard has been completed. The development consists of nine sites, seven of which were developed on closed landfills. Read more from Clean Focus here

Registration open for EPA Brownfields Conference mobile workshops and community reception
Attending the EPA Brownfields Conference in Chicago September 1-4? If so, you don't want to miss the mobile workshops or the community reception. Mobile workshops offer unique tours around Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area- even by kayak! View the mobile workshops here. The community reception will be held at the Field Museum on Thursday, September 3. Info about the community reception can be found here. Prices vary for the events. 
EPA awards $54.3 million in Assessment Remediation and Cleanup grants
The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $54.3 million in Assessment Remediation and Cleanup (ARC) Grants to 243 projects. Hastings and St. Paul are awardees from Minnesota. The Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority will use funds for cleanup of the Riverfront Dump site and Office and Warehouse site. The City of St. Paul will conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments at the West Side Flats site. Read more about the projects here .
Thank You Members & Sponsors
Thank you to Pinnacle Engineering for sponsoring!

Minnesota Brownfields work is largely made possible through the generous contributions of our members. Individual memberships are available starting at $25/year, but a contribution at any level helps pay for this monthly e-newsletter and other publications and programming. Donate now.

Thank you to those named below for becoming Redevelopment, Remediation or RAP Development level members, renewing membership at those levels, or for sponsoring our events in the past 12 months:
  • American Engineering Testing
  • AMEC
  • AMI Consulting Engineers
  • American National Bank 
  • Barr Engineering Company
  • Bay West 
  • Braun Intertec Corporation
  • Carlson McCain
  • City of Duluth/DEDA 
  • Dominium  
  • Dorsey & Whitney  
  • Duluth Seaway Port Authority 
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota 
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • GEI Consultants
  • Hillcrest Development, LLLP  
  • Historical Information Gatherers
  • Home Safety Solutions
  • Hyde Development, LLC
  • Impact 7G
  • Javelin Group
  • Johnson Wilson
  • Landmark Environmental, LLC
  • LHB Inc. 
  • Liesch - a Terracon Company
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Power
  • The Opus Group    
  • Pace Analytical
  • Pinnacle Engineering 
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • SEH, Inc. 
  • Stinson Leonard Street 
  • Stoel Rives
  • Vieau Associates Inc. 
  • Wenck Associates  
  • WSB & Associates
  • WSP USA Corp.
  • Xcel Energy

Become a member today>>

Through education, research and partnerships, Minnesota Brownfields promotes the efficient cleanup and reuse of contaminated land as a means of generating economic growth, strengthening communities and enabling sustainable land use and development.