Breakout Tracks

Track A: Nuts & Bolts


Monday, April 30, 2018
10:30 am-12:00 pm | Session 1

Session 1

A Scalable Approach to Finding and Analyzing Brownfields in Your Community

Finding brownfield opportunity sites isn't always as easy as it sounds. This session will provide information on a range of tools and methods to identify and inventory brownfields, from high-profile former gas stations and industrial sites to less obvious underutilized properties with murky pasts. We'll look at widely-available resources that can help build a simple list of potentially contaminated properties, and then we'll dig deeper into approaches how to build a robust, prioritized inventory of brownfield opportunity sites.

Moderator: Carrie Rackey, Stantec

Presenters: Jennifer Kuiper, WOOD, Inc.; Seth Sherry, City of Albany; Leonard Farr, Stantec


Monday, April 30, 2018
2:00-3:30 pm | Session 2


Environmental Risk Trends: A Look Forward into 2018

The national and state economies have been humming along for several years, some regulations have been eased, and new policies are in place to help incentivize brownfield development. At the same time, risk and liability remain constant threats to property acquisition and development, especially when environmental contamination is involved. Come learn about how to best take advantage of the evolving landscape of opportunity and hear from leading practitioners in the insurance, finance, and legal sectors. This session will provide valuable information that is directly related to your brownfield project, whether you are an owner, purchaser, agency, or regulator.

Moderator: Sky Wolf, Vice President Real Estate & Construction Practice, Marsh

Presenters: David Rabbino, Attorney, Jordan Ramis; Michael Wearne, VP, Environmental Risk Management, Columbia Bank; Ed Morales, Senior VP Environmental Practice, Marsh


Monday, April 30, 2018
3:30-4:30 pm | Session 3

Who and What EPA Grantees Need to Know!

This session is for all current, past, and future EPA grantees and those who work with them. Please come prepared to tell us about your brownfields successes and challenges. Experienced grantees, new grantees and many in between will be present and EPA will use this session to have grantees learn from each other, as well as EPA project managers, state brownfield coordinators, and environmental consultants who have worked with EPA Brownfield Grants. Please come with stories, questions, and business cards for this networking event!

Coordinators: Margaret Olson, US EPA, Region 10; Mary Camarata, Oregon DEQ, Western Region; Rebecca Wells-Albers, Oregon DEQ, Northwest Region; Ignacio Dayrit, Center for Creative Land Recycling


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
9:30-10:45 am | Session 5


Changing Building and Property Uses–What Could Possibly Go Wrong!

Hear firsthand accounts of projects across Oregon that took properties from industrial to commercial, recreational and/or residential use. Find out what went right, what could have gone better and the major lessons learned.

Moderator: Tiffany Johnson, Oregon DEQ

Presenters: Patrick Rowe, Sussman Shank LLP; Dennis Terzian, PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
10:00 am-12:15 pm | Session 6


Does Having an NFA Mean You Are Done?

A No Further Action (NFA) finding from the Oregon DEQ is the ultimate goal for many brownfield redevelopment projects However, what does a NFA really mean? This session will examine types of NFAs and alternative DEQ instruments, and explore potential post-NFA requirements and conditions that may arise during a brownfield redevelopment project.

Moderator: Chuck Esler, Farrallon Consulting

Presenters: Mary Camarata, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Len Farr, Stantec; David Ashton, Port of Portland

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