NSCW 2017 - Detailed Agenda
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7:30amRegistration, Breakfast, and Networking
2nd Floor Gallery
2nd Floor Ball Room A
Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop Overview, Welcome, Introduction, and Morning Plenary• Colette Santasieri, Ph.D., NJIT/NJII
• Sue Boyle, BCONE & GEI
• Beth Barton, Esq. Day Pitney
Dresdner Robin
Sustainability Sponsor
2nd Floor Ball Room A
Morning Plenary Session: Technology and Brownfield Redevelopment: Robots, Superdata, and Adaptive Reuse• Morgan Abele, PULS, Inc.
• Skelly Holmbeck, Advanced GeoServices
• Chris Gibson, VideoRay
• Zain Iqbal, JLT Specialty USA
Advanced GeoServices
Technological advances are transforming how we meet challenges, build businesses, and structure our world, brownfield redevelopment included. This panel will discuss why and how technological advances are shaping brownfield redevelopment, including the use of underwater flyers, drones, and other tools for accurate characterization of contamination, expedited and safe remediation, and sustainable development. Panelists will share stories from the field about how drones and other technologies are being used for environmental testing, monitoring, and characterization of subsurface features, including utilities. This discussion will review the basic concepts of Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) and some of the available frameworks and tools to implement it. GSR is a holistic approach to site assessment and remediation; it considers potential positive and negative consequences of remedial actions by evaluating potential concerns and issues of affected stakeholders in a systematic manner. Consideration of all relevant environmental, economic, and social issues is critical to implement the best remedial solution.
10:00amBreakout Sessions 1
2nd Floor Ball Room BBreakout 1A - Multi-Party Remediation Models: From Collaborative to Contentious• Agnes Antonian, Esq., Connell Foley (Moderator)
• Roger Hathaway, P.E., GEI
• John Morris, P.E., Honeywell
• Douglas Reid-Green, BASF
Connell FoleyLarge scale sediment sites are receiving increasing regulatory scrutiny. These sites pose unique and challenging issues due to their complex technical, political, historic and cost issues. This panel will discuss various models and regulatory approaches for addressing these sites based on various on-going projects around the country.

Multi-party remediations along waterways are common in the northeast. This panel will be a casual conversation of an assortment of models used nationally--from collaborative to contentious--from professionals who have been in the mix and experienced all versions of public/private efforts. We'll hear about efforts in Virginia and the Great Lakes Region, in addition to the ongoing northeast experiences that are constantly in the news. Our panelists will share their impressions of what works and why.

We will focus on large scale sediment sites that are receiving increasing regulatory scrutiny. These sites pose unique and challenging issues due to their complex technical, political, historic and cost issues. This panel will discuss various models and regulatory approaches for addressing these sites based on various on-going projects around the country.
1st Floor AtriumBreakout 1B - Remediation Technology for Accelerated Urban Redevelopment• Stewart Abrams, P.E., Langan
• Brian Desmarais, Reterro
• Sharon McSwieney, LSRP, Langan (Moderator)
• Daniel Walsh, Ph.D., NYC MOER
LanganUntil recently, the use of innovative in-situ remediation technologies have been primarily implemented
at large CERCLA, RCRA and similar sites. With the high value of urban land, sites that were considered
too difficult or expensive to remediate for reuse have been getting a second look and being redeveloped
despite the complexity and cost. Coupled with the ambitious and expedited construction schedules on
these Brownfield sites, in-situ technologies have to be applied in ways that are markedly different than
has been typical at CERCLA sites. Remediation systems installed in the basement of condominium
towers, the injection of remediation substrates during foundation pile installation, and bypassing of
treatability studies/pilot studies are all features of these types of accelerated projects. Thermal
remediation for redevelopment is certainly being considered on many sites. Case studies will be
presented that include soil vapor extraction, bioremediation, zero valent iron, chemical oxidation and
thermal remediation. Regulatory implications will also be discussed. The panel will include
professionals with direct experience using technologies on redevelopment sites, as well as professionals
with extensive experience with remedial technology.
11:05amBreakout Sessions 2
2nd Floor Ball Room BBreakout 2A - Collaborative Partnerships supporting Urban Revitalization: How municipal, county, state and federal partnerships in urban areas can collaboratively work on brownfield redevelopment, water infrastructure improvements, and other complex environmental issues• Sabina Byck, USEPA
• Michele Christina, BRS (Moderator)
• Gene Chebra, NJDEP
• Andrew Kricun, P.E., Camden County MUA
• Sarah Bryant, AICP, Coopers Ferry Partnership

(Special Contributor: Frank McLaughlin, NJDEP)
BRSThe objective of the panel presentation is to convey how effective partnerships can be developed to bring expertise and resources to successfully address complex environmental issues. This will be done through examples of collaborative partnerships that have brought together a diverse group of interested parties from local, regional, state and national arenas to bring innovative solutions to challenging urban environmental issues like multiple brownfield sites and deteriorated water infrastructure. Several examples of a solutions-oriented partnership between governmental, non-profit, private, and community-based agencies to plan and implement innovative strategies to improve the environment and the quality of life of urban residents will be presented.
1st Floor AtriumBreakout 2B - Sustainability Alternative to Landfills: Beneficial Use Determinations (BUD), Clean Soil Banks, Like on Like, and More• Anthony Fontana, NJDEP
• Youness Sharifi, Ph.D., EIT, GEI (Moderator)
• George Vallone, The Hoboken Brownstone Company
• Daniel Walsh, Ph.D., NYC MOER
GEIIn the past couple of decades, in an effort to reduce the solid waste volume shipped to landfills, states and regulatory agencies in the Northeast have considered reusing dry, non-hazardous material such as asphalt grindings, roofing shingles, coal bottom and fly ash, dredge material, etc. as fill, structural base or similar purposes. Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) is the term used to describe the decision made to allow solid waste material that meets regulatory requirements to be re-used for beneficial projects that will not harm the environment or public health. In New Jersey, the BUD application and process is supervised by the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Program, Bureau of Landfill and Hazardous Waste Permitting of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). In addition to hearing about NJ’s Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) for beneficial use projects, this session will also highlight New York City’s innovative new soil exchange program, the NYC Clean Soil Bank that promotes sustainable soil reuse (recycling) and simultaneously solves a whole series of soil management problems. Finally, a different approach will discuss how similar fill material that would be capped could be used in NJ. The “Like On Like” approach considers using impacted material from similar sources in area that would be protected with an engineered cap.
• Sustainability Partner
• Outstanding Individual Achievement Award - Presented to Colleen Kokas
• Keynote Address
• Geoffrey Forrest, LSRP, Dresdner Robin
• Randall Jostes / Steve Collins, Environmental Liability Transfer
• Colleen Kokas, NJDEP
• Paul Commito, Vice President, Brandywine Realty Trust
Dresdner Robin
(Sustainability Sponsor)
See sponsorship flyer for
award sponsors
2nd Floor Gallery & Ball Room APaul Commito, Keynote Speaker - Topics include:
• Sustainable communities philosphy
• Broad trends in sustainability and brownfield redevelopment
• The future of the sustainable communities and brownfield industry along with Brandywine’s vision and strategy for the future.
• Case Studies
1:50pmBreakout Sessions 3
2nd Floor Ball Room BBreakout 3A - From Rust to Green - An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development• Joseph Clifford, P.E., AMEC Foster Wheeler
• Maria Kaouris, Honeywell
• John Morris, P.E., Honeywell (Moderator)
• Glenn Stock, Stock Development Group
AMEC Foster Wheeler
This panel will discuss a major redevelopment planned for the west side of Jersey City, NJ. Industrial use on the city's west side started in the 19th century, peaked in the 1930s to 1960s, and steadily declined through the close of the 20th century. Taking responsibility for a former manufacturing operation that closed down in 1954, Honeywell developed and is implementing a holistic plan for remediation and redevelopment. This plan looked well beyond meeting statutory cleanup goals, and towards a future of a modern, sustainable development. The remedial and redevelopment plans were developed in combination, and the layout for land use reflected the constraints of its historical industrial role. Protectiveness and sustainability drove decision making. Greenways, open spaces and view sheds were carefully defined and integrated into the remediation. From the beginning, the City of Jersey City was a vested collaborator, sharing its vision and concept for the site. The overall theme of the redevelopment plan is work, live, play - providing people with an opportunity to experience those fundamental societal needs in one place. Urban mass transit, water and energy conservation, waterfront access, and biking lands are all part of the design, contributing to the goal of sustainable development. The planned mixed use, variable pricing, walkable neighborhood concept would create socioeconomic benefits by providing long-term job opportunities, producing socially balanced community units, and converting underutilized land into a vibrant urban community. The application of these principles and approaches to other sites in the Northeast will also be discussed.
1st Floor AtriumBreakout 3B - Building Coastal Resilience into Brownfields Remediation & Redevelopment• Benjamin Alter, PG, LSRP, GZA (Moderator)
• Dan Stapleton , GZA
• Joseph Cotter, National Resources Group
• Melissa Targett, Port Authority of NY & NJ(Invited)
GZANearly four years after Superstorm Sandy caused an estimated $70 billion in damages and brought coastal communities throughout the northeast to a complete standstill, it appears that everything is back to normal in some places...or is it? The Hartford Courant reported on 11 August 2016 that real estate prices are at pre-Sandy levels along the Connecticut shoreline and communities continue to build in areas vulnerable to coastal flooding. In 2040, if a similar storm occurred, the impacts would be more severe and costly. What these observations are not taking into consideration is what effects sea-level-rise (SLR) will have on these communities in the future. The water levels in many areas are, unequivocally rising, which will exacerbate the future coastal flooding impacts; however, many communities, regional and state entities, and developers are implementing resiliency actions designed to reduce the impacts from future coastal flooding that take into account SLR projections looking out 25 to 100 years. The purpose of this panel is to present proactive actions that are making brownfield sites, harbors and critical infrastructure more resilient over the next 50 years and beyond.
2:45 - 3:10pmExhibit Hall & Coffee Break
2nd Floor Gallery
3:10pmBreakout Session 4
2nd Floor Ball Room BBreakout 4A - Brownfield Area Wide Planning in the Northeast• Andre Bermudez, Suffolk County
• Michael Brady, NYC Brownfield Partnership
• Barry Hersh, NYU (Moderator)
• Schenine Mitchell, USPEA
NYC Brownfield Partnership & New York Global AnalyticsThere is growing support for area-wide brownfield planning, supporting communities with many and/or large brownfields at the federal, state and local level. Numerous communities throughout the Northeast have been working on such plans, with considerable success and even more promise. This discussion will be about the complex nature of area-wide planning, coordination with Transit Oriented Development, sustainability, resilience and overall community planning, that can result in revitalization.
1st Floor AtriumBreakout 4B - From Montauk to Hoboken - Updates on Coastal Resiliency Projects• Jonathan (JT) Lockman, AICP, on behalf of GEI
• Gary Rozmus, PE, GEI (Moderator)
• Larry Smith, PP, AICP, Dewberry
• Dennis Reinknecht, NJDEP
DewberryImplementation of several very important projects from post-Sandy Superstorm planning processes are now underway. This session will focus on two of these projects: The Hoboken Hudson River Project and the East Hampton Coastal Assessment Resiliency Plan at Long Island’s east end. Representatives from NJDEP, Dewberry and GEI will update us on the status of these projects to improve resiliency and provide protection from future storms. Participants will learn about a large coastal resiliency project in the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area, and one town resiliency planning effort in rural Suffolk County. Participants will be able to discuss similarities and contrast differences in approaches at these three locations. Participants will see resiliency at both the planning and implementation stages.
2nd Flr. Ball Room A
Afternoon Plenary Session: Hot Topics in Remediation and Redevelopment: Regs, Funding and Creating Sustainable Communities in the New Era of Disruption• Pamela K. Elkow, Esq., Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, LLP (Moderator)
• Jeffrey Entin, LSRP, Ramboll Environ
• Larry Schnapf, Esq.
• Tim Sullivan, CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development

(Special Contributor: David Lis, LEP Ramboll Environ)
Ramboll EnvironNSCW 2017 would not be complete without this facilitated discussion on what is new, happening, and/or challenging in our region when it comes to site cleanups and property redevelopment. With a new administration in Washington, changes are guaranteed. This interactive panel discussion, which will encourage discussion and suggestions from the audience, will share its thoughts regarding the potential changing regulatory landscape, disruptions and importantly opportunities that members of our BCONE family will confronted with in continuing to facilitate catalytic redevelopment efforts to return brownfield sites to productive and sustainable reuse. Discussion among panelists and with the audience will result in brainstorming on what additional approaches and tools are needed in the region to take redevelopment to a higher level.
BCONE Sustainable Communities Redevelopment Award
Wrap-Up and Closing
• Steve Jaffe, BCONE President & Fieldstone
• Dawn Bembry-Breeden, Freeman Companies
Dresdner Robin
(Sustainability Sponsor)
2nd Floor Gallery
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