May 2015
Minnesota Brownfields News
Upcoming Events & Announcements

Environmental Initiative Awards

Thursday, May 21, 5:30pm
Nicollet Island Pavilion
More info here

State of Brownfields Update
Friday, May 29
Stinson Leonard Street
View program and register here

Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Summit
Friday, June 12, 8am
More info coming soon
EPA Grantwriting Workshop
July 15- Save the date
Hutchinson, MN
More info coming soon

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

Minnesota News
Minnesota Brownfields seeks sponsorships for ReScape Awards
The Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards might seem like a while out, but we are far along in the planning process. The event is getting some updates this year and your sponsorship helps make the event possible. Sponsorship is available at different levels, and can be viewed here. Thank you to those who have already committed, including Braun Intertec, Stoel Rives, and Gray Plant Mooty.
Mac Hyde Award nomination period opens May 26
Mac Hyde
Mac Hyde Award nominations will open on Tuesday, May 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  
Vapor Intrusion Best Management Practices updated on Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website
MPCA logo The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has updated their Best Management Practices (BMPs) for vapor intrusion on their website. These BMPs function as MPCA's internal standard operating procedures for vapor intrusion work and are not new guidance. View the updates here.
Minnesota Brownfields sees changes to Advisory Committee members
Thank you to our outgoing Advisory Committee members who have helped provide feedback to Minnesota Brownfields workplan. Outgoing members include  Jason Murray (Alexandria Area EDC), Scott Tankenoff (Hillcrest Development), Mary Sands (Barr Engineering), Dan Schleck (Halleland Habicht), Patty Nauman (Metro Cities), Cathy Bennett (Urban Land Institute), and Keri Aufdencamp (MN Department of Transportation).
We welcome  Cecile Bedor (Greater MSP),  Paul Koerber (TEGRA Group),  Ken Haberman (Landmark Environmental),  Chris Thompson (Braun Intertec),  Bryan Boldt (Cherokee Bank),  David Liverseed (Mortenson),  Kristin Prososki (City of Mankato), and  Carolyn Boben (MNDOT) to the Advisory Committee.
David Frank Named New Director of City of Minneapolis Economic Policy and Development
On Monday, April 6 of this year,  City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Director D. Craig Taylor announced his appointment of David Frank as the new Director of Economic Policy and Development. Click here to view the press release.
Minnesota Brownfields releases updated research paper and fact sheets
New editions of the Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment research paper and fact sheets have been released by Minnesota Brownfields. These publications were made possible, in part, by funding from the McKnight Foundation. The paper and fact sheets are available here.
National News
Online Trainings through ITRC
May 5, 12:00- 2:15pm
May 7, 12:00- 2:15pm
May 14, 12:00- 2:15pm
May 12, 12:00- 2:15pm
Renewal Award Nominations deadline approaching
Once a year the Renewal Awards  culminate in the selection of four esteemed winners. The Awards are presented for outstanding projects representing the gold standard of redevelopment across four distinct categories:
  • Environmental Impact
  • Economic Impact
  • Social Impact
  • Sustainability Impact
Nominations are due  May 29, and w inners will be announced at the EPA Brownfields Conference. Information on how to nominate can be found here .
Wisconsin- Public Input Opportunity: Guidance on Importing Soil or Fill onto Remediation Site Enrolled in VPLE
The RR Program seeks your input on a new document titled   Identifying and Documenting Characteristics of Imported Soil and Other Fill Materials   Prior to Use on VPLE Sites (RR-041). The guidance describes how DNR staff will work with voluntary parties, consultants and others to establish reasonable materials management approaches for importing materials to a property that is being cleaned up through the VPLE program.

This document can be reviewed here. Comments can be submitted to Michael Prager through May 13, 2015.


Smart Growth America model analyzes impact of development patterns
To what degree does the choice of development pattern impact costs for a local government? How do these decisions affect a municipality's budget and tax revenues, and the cost of infrastructure and services it must provide? Smart Growth America and r eal estate advisors RCLCO developed a tool to help answer these questions. A webinar discussing findings is available for viewing here.
Wisconsin looks to streamline remediation policies and procedures
The Harbor District in Milwaukee, WI is a prime location for brownfield redevelopment, and state authorities and independent advisory team Brownfields Study Group are streamlining the waterfront development process. Read more about Wisconsin's approach here.
Registration Is Open for AGC's 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference
The Associated General Contractors of America Environmental Conference is scheduled for September 2-3 in Arlington, Virginia. Those  who work for or support a construction company that has duties related to environmental compliance, permitting, green building or sustainability should consider attending. Registration available here.
Thank You Members & Sponsors
Thank you to our newest members, AMI Consulting Engineers, Home Safety Solutions, and Wenck Associates!

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 
  • 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.