March 2015
Minnesota Brownfields News
Upcoming Events & Announcements


Brownfield Resources Workshop
FREE
Wednesday, March 4
Richfield, MN
More info here

Deadline: Request for Qualifications, Brownfield Gap Financing Program
Thursday, March 5 by 12:00pm
More info here
Hopportunity Knocks: Brownfields, Beer, and the Law
Wednesday, March 25
Surly Brewery
More info here

EPA Grantwriting Workshop
July 15- Save the date
Hutchinson, MN
More info coming soon

Minnesota News
Metropolitan Council awards 13 brownfield cleanup grants
MC logo Met Council has awarded 13 brownfield cleanup grants for both contamination site investigation and contamination cleanup. Projects range from industrial sites to child care centers. Read more here.
Hennepin County awards nine Environmental Response Fund grants
In January, Hennepin County awarded nine grants through the Environmental Response Fund. Minnesota Brownfields received funds to manage the Brownfield Gap Financing Program which provides funds to nonprofit developers for environmental assessment and cleanup. All projects are listed here under "Recently awarded grants."
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency developing best management practices for vapor intrusion
MPCA logo The MPCA has been working with the Minnesota Department of Health, environmental consultants, and radon mitigation experts to develop best management practices for vapor intrusion. Fact sheets, guidance documents, and examples can be found on the MPCAs website
Spring Brownfields Grant deadline approaching
The 30 day deadline for application and Response Action Plan submittal review for MPCA Brownfields is 4:30pm on March 19, 2015. Contact Stacy VanPatten (651-757-2425) or Andrew Nichols (651-757-2612) with any questions.
Ford Site Energy Study Update
Redevelopment of the Ford Site hopes to include energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and "net zero" development. View the presentation here.
Urban Organics revitalizing breweries into aquaponic farms
Urban Organics, an aquaponic farm currently at the Hamm's Brewery site, is adding a second location at Schmidt Brewery. The organization's demand has been higher than expected and will add 80,000 square feet to their already-operational 9,000 square feet. The Star Tribune recently featured Urban Organics here.
Minnesota CARD Grant Plug Load Research Study Call for Participants
Reducing building energy use is critical to reducing overall operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Plug load energy use (computers, etc.) in office buildings has increased, especially in contrast to the decrease in other end uses in high performance buildings. The Energy Center of Wisconsin, LHB, and CEE are conducting research funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce with the goal of identifying and prioritizing plug load reduction strategies based on their potential to help achieve Minnesota's energy savings goals. There is still a need for 30 to 50 office sites (tenant spaces or buildings) with a willingness to complete an online characterization of their electric devices and use patterns. Please complete the online survey via the link found here.
National News
Online Trainings through ITRC
March 6, 12:00- 2:15pm
March 10, 12:00- 2:15pm
March 12, 12:00- 2:15pm
March 17, 12:00- 2:15pm
March 19, 12:00- 2:15pm
Two Public Service Enterprise Group landfill solar farms added to grid
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) of Newark, NJ has installed two solar farms on closed landfills in New Jersey as of December 2014. Combined, the solar farms will produce 21.32 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 3,500 average-size homes every year. More information can be found here.
President Obama proposes increase to EPA Brownfields funding
President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget includes an increase in the EPA budget to $8.6 billion, up from $8.1 billion last year. This includes a 24% increase in funds for the EPA Brownfields program, to $189 billion. Read more from Smart Growth America here.
Council of Development Finance Agencies offering Brownfields Project Marketplace 
CDFA Marketplaces are open to all communities. CDFA will conduct two in-person and two virtual marketplaces each year. To apply, please complete the form found in the link below. This information will help the CDFA select technical assistance partners best suited to provide expertise unique to your project. CDFA staff will follow up with you at the contact information you provide below to confirm your submission. 

The complete Project Marketplace application can be here.

Upcoming Marketplace Events: 
  • March 16-20: Online Brownfields Project Marketplace with sessions scheduled in 30 minute time slots to occur sometime during that week.
  • May 19, 2015: In-Person Brownfields Project Marketplace at CDFA's Rosenberg Center in Columbus, OH.
Thank You Members & Sponsors
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
  • 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 
  • Peer 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.