|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||24 Jul 2006 18:20:49 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] CPEO plans New England Regional community brownfields workshop|
Workshop: How Brownfields Revitalization Can Meet Community Needs|
Save the Date: Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 9-3:30 (lunch provided)
Place: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
For More Information: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO) is pleased to invite you to a free educational workshop for community organizations and residents of brownfield communities in the New England region.
Most brownfield sites are small and scattered across economically depressed neighborhoods. Few if any of these sites can yield the returns necessary to attract private investment. But for local residents and community groups, reclaiming these sites and turning them into resources for communities is imperative. This practical, interactive workshop will discuss and explore examples of community-led brownfields cleanup and redevelopment.
The morning session will focus on three issues that are of concern to communities in central Massachusetts and across the region:
1. Building affordable housing on brownfields. 2. Converting brownfields to open space, parks, and urban gardens. 3. Siting schools on brownfields.
Each session will begin with a short panel presentation followed by a question and answer session. Our goal is to enable conversation and meaningful exchange so that the presenters and other participants can critically examine a range of topics, including:
* public-private partnerships
* sources of funding
* the role community land trusts can play in brownfields to blunt gentrification
* dealing with liability for on-site and off-site contamination
* implementing an effective community involvement plan in the context of real estate deal-making
* techniques for assessing and cleaning up contamination, including vapor intrusion.
In the afternoon session we will change gears and as a group identify and flesh out ideas and policy innovations that could benefit community-led efforts in brownfields. Participants will draft a set of policy recommendations that will be presented at the National Brownfields Environmental Justice/Community Caucus at EPA's 2006 national brownfields conference. This year the conference will take place in Boston from November 13-15. The Caucus will meet just before the Conference, on Sunday, November 12th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Boston Convention Center.
Please circulate this announcement to people in your community who may wish to attend. And let us know at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
The Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO) [http:///www.cpeo.org] promotes and facilitates public participation in the oversight of environmental activities at federal facilities, private "Superfund" sites, and Brownfields. CPEO educates public stakeholders on both the process and technologies for cleanup and environmental protection. CPEO conducts sites visits, convenes workshops and forums, publishes articles, and maintains the web-based "technology tree." CPEO's Brownfields Assistance Project is supported by U.S. EPA.
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