Minnesota Brownfields News 
Brownfield grants workshop 
September 10, Eden Prairie
Co-hosted by DEED, Metropolitan Council, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties  
More info here  

2013 ReScape Awards
Projection nominations deadline
September 13

ReScape Awards Event
November 7, St. Paul
More info here 

AIA Minnesota Annual Convention
November 12-15, Minneapolis
More info here   
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MN Brownfields ReScape Awards


Time to nominate a ReScape Award project is running out! 
Project nominations are due no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13.

Questions? Call 651.307.4371.


Informational Session on Brownfield Resources
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is hosting an information session on brownfield grant programs. Learn about programs that assist in the cost of cleaning up contaminated land. The event will include agency representatives from DEED, Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County. The session will be held at the Eden Prairie Library on September 10 from 10:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. 

ReScape AwardMinnesota Brownfields 2013 ReScape Awards
It's not too late to nominate a project for 2013 ReScape Awards program, which recognizes exemplary brownfields redevelopment projects throughout the state. Winning projects feature transformation of abandoned or underutilized sites using innovative solutions to significant environmental issues, in these categories: 
  • Economic Impact
  • Environmental Impact
  • Community Impact
  • Small City Impact (for communities with population < 30,000)

Eligibility criteria are found hereNominations due by noon Friday, September 13.  

This year's event will also feature a new individual award to be conferred on a brownfield leader in the name of the late Maclay Hyde. Individual nominations will be accepted September 16-27. 

Twelve finalist projects and one individual award winner will be recognized at the awards event at the historic Union Depot in downtown St. Paul on November 7th. Join us.  



St. Paul Port Authority to Administer Renewable Energy Bond Program

The Saint Paul Port Authority, itself no stranger to implmenting energy efficiency within its industrial and commercial projects, will now assist other Minnesota communities in implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy in larger commercial and industrial buildings.  In July, the Port's Board of Commissioners authorized the issuance of $10 million in taxable conduit revenue bonds to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout Minnesota under the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The bond revenue will be used to lend money to businesses and nonprofits to implement energy efficiency and renewal energy projects.  Each city with a PACE-potential project will sign a Joint Powers Agreement with the Port and designate the Port as the PACE administrator. 



ngressional Testimony on Brownfields Reauthorization  
art Growth America President and CEO Geoff Anderson testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at a July hearing titled "Cleaning up and Restoring Communities for Economic Revitalization." Anderson began by introducing the bipartisan BUILD (Federal Brownfields Reauthorizaton) Act. Learn more here

Federal Brownfields Program - Supporting the National Brownfields Coalition

The National Brownfields Coalition, part of Smart Growth America, is working with members of the Appropriations Committees in both chambers to defend funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Brownfields program. The Coalition is sharing how you can get involved:
  1. Sign on. Add your organization's name to a group letter to Members of the House. If your organization wants to join, email us.
  2. Speak out. Send a letter to your Representative. 
  3. Tell your story. Is your organization working on a brownfield success story? Tell us about it. 
  4. Donate. Become a member of the Coalition's Brownfields Leadership Circle.    


Trend Towards Brownfield Renewable Energy Projects

Federal tax incentives have enabled an increasing number of renewable energy projects on brownfields sites. Bloomberg.com's news service recently explored this trend. View full article here.    



RE-Powering America's Land Initiative Releases Enhanced Database  

Pulling from EPA databases of potentially and formerly contaminated lands, as well as partnering with 8 state agencies, the RE-Powering Initiative expanded the universe of sites from 24,000 to more than 66,000 sites today. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), RE-Powering America's Land has developed screening criteria for solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal potential at various levels of development. Click here to explore the
RE-Powering Mapper tool



ITRC Online Training Opportunities
September 17 - LNAPL Part 2: LNAPL Characterization and Recoverability 

September 19
Green and Sustainable Remediation

September 24
LNAPL Part 3: Evaluating LNAPL Remedial Technologies for Achieving Project Goals

September 26
Use and Measurement of Mass Flux and Mass Discharge

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. Donate now.

Thank you to new RAP Development level member:  Impact 7G.

We thank 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
  • American National Bank 
  • Barr Engineering Company
  • Bay West 
  • Beazley Consulting 
  • Braun Intertec Corporation
  • Carlson McCain
  • Central Iron Range Initiative  
  • City of Duluth/DEDA 
  • Jon Carlson
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota 
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Halleland Habicht 
  • Hillcrest Development, LLLP  
  • Historical Information Gatherers
  • Hyde Development, LLC
  • Impact 7G
  • Javelin Group
  • Landmark Environmental, LLC
  • Leonard, Street, and Deinard
  • LHB 
  • Liesch  
  • Loucks Associates
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • The Opus Group   
  • Parkway Law
  • Peer Engineering
  • Pope Architects 
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • Stantec
  • Stoel Rives
  • TKDA 
  • Western Bank
  • Xcel Energy      
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.