Brownfields 2013 Conference -- Sustainable Communities Start Here
The Brownfields 2013 Conference was held in Atlanta, GA on May 15-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Brownfields 2013 featured more than 120 trainings and educational sessions and a multitude of other learning and networking opportunities, including an exhibit hall, poster presentations and eight mobile workshops.
Prior to the start of the conference, the BTSC provided three training sessions on Wednesday, May 15th. The sessions were focused toward Brownfields grant recipients and EPA, federal, tribal, state and private industry technical project managers and stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of hazardous waste site cleanups. The courses were taught by subject matter experts from the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (TIFSD).
Best Management Practices for Site Assessment, Remediation, and Greener Cleanups
The EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC) offered a training session on recent developments in science, technology and practitioner experience for site assessment, remediation and greener cleanups. Participants learned how best management practices can be used to significantly reduce data collection costs, expedite project schedules, enhance stakeholder communication and improve project and site decision quality, and lower the environmental footprint of cleanup projects. The course was focused toward Brownfields grant recipients parties directly involved in managing or executing site assessment and cleanup projects.
Brownfields Road Map Training
The EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC) offered a training session on the Brownfields Road Map publication and companion website. The training session provided an outline of the general steps involved in the investigation and cleanup of brownfields sites and introduces stakeholders to technology options and available resources. The course was focused on Brownfields grant recipients and was designed to help non-technical stakeholders understand the common site types, contaminants and technology options for site investigation and cleanup, and communicate effectively with technical professionals. During the training session, experts introduced participants to the EPA Brownfields Road Map and explain how its three main components will help them navigate and succeed in the implementation of a brownfields assessment or cleanup project.
Leveraging Contracts for Innovative Site Characterization and Cleanup
The EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center (BTSC) offered a training session on best practices, strategies and processes for procuring innovative site investigation and remediation services. The course was focused toward Brownfields grant recipients and parties directly involved in managing or executing site assessment and cleanup projects, however, the concepts can be applied to any cleanup program. The goal of the training was to help participants identify opportunities to structure or respond to procurements that encourage application of innovative and cost-effective strategies and technologies, including project life cycle conceptual site models (CSM), real-time measurement technologies, high-resolution site characterization (HRSC), innovative remediation technologies and optimization of site characterization and cleanup.
For more information on these courses or TIFSD's participation at Brownfields 2013, contact Carlos Pachon via email at email@example.com.