NSCW 2018 - Detailed Agenda
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Detailed Agenda - NJIT Campus Center Building, Newark, NJ
7:45 - 8:30Registration, Breakfast and Networking
2nd Flr. Gallery
8:30Welcome and Introduction to ConferenceColette Santasieri, NJII/ NJIT
2nd Flr. Ballroom ASue Boyle, BCONE
Tim Sulliivan, NJEDA
9:10Breakout Sessions 1
2nd Flr. Ballroom BBreakout 1A - Regulatory & Risk Management TrackModerator: Sue Boyle, GEI & BCONE
Annual NSCW Hot Topics for RemediationLarry Schnapf, Schnapf LLC
Colette Santasieri, NJII
The 4 states that make up the greater NYC Metro area - CT, PA, NJ and NY - are each taking unique approaches to redevelopment readiness. This panel will compare and contrast the different approaches and engage all attendees to share their innovations.Mark Lewis, CTDEEP
3rd Flr. Faculty DiningBreakout 1B - Revitalization and Partnership TrackModerator: Brian Clark, BIR, PC
Revitalization of Old Industrial Sites for Multiple ReuseColleen Elliott, Langan
In many northeastern states the state brownfield programs have generated successful redevelopment outcomes over the last 20 years. However, these success stories have tended to focus on one use rather than mixed uses. With the advent of new and sophisticated remediation and exposure risk assessments as well advanced industrial operational techniques, the opportunities for reuse for both residential, commercial and industrial sites are now a reality. This session will focus on development opportunities as a result of the Shell Cracker in the mid-atlantic region.
1st. Flr. AtriumBreakout 1C - Resiliency Track
Moderator: George Vallone, Hoboken Brownstone
USGBC new RELiJeremy Sigmon, USGBC
Corey Enck, USGBC
The session will discuss USGBC's new resiliency initiative, "RELi Standard", which will guide designers to build storm resistant buildings, infrastructure and communities.
10:05 - 10:35Exhibit Hall and Coffee Break
2nd Flr. Gallery
10:35Breakout Sessions 2
2nd. Flr. Ballroom BBreakout 2A - Regulatory & Risk Management TrackModerator: Colleen Kokas, ELT
A Cleanup, is a Cleanup, is a Cleanup…Advancing Cleanups throughBeth Barton, Day Pitney LLC
the Brownfield ApproachGloria Sosa, USEPA Region 2
Charles Howland, USEPA HQ
Conventional wisdom would lead one to believe that " a cleanup, is a cleanup, is a cleanup" without regard to the regulatory program or whether it is an industrial site or a landfill. After all, CERCLA, RCRA and state cleanup programs all require you to develop a sampling plan, implement that plan, report on the results, choose a remedy, implement the remedy and (most often) conduct long-term monitoring. This panel will explore how the administrative requirements of specific cleanup programs impact that basic cleanup process, how a brownfield approach to the remediation could allow for a quicker and equally protective cleanup, and how interagency cooperation can have a meaningful impact on speeding up the process. A brief presentation of these topic areas will be the catalyst to spark audience discussion of how approaches used in the remediation of brownfield development can be transferrable to other regulated cleanup programs, such as Superfund, RCRA and State cleanups.
3rd Flr. Faculty DiningBreakout 2B - Revitalization and Partnership TrackModerator: Sharon McSwieney, Langan
One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure: Technology Advances For Mixed-Use
Omer Uppal, Langan
Redevelopment on LandfillsDave Fisher, K. Hovnanian
Ronald Wienckoski, NJDEP
As the world’s population continues to grow and unused land for development is resultantly dwindling at a rapid pace, the importance of brownfield redevelopment continues to become more and more paramount. Over the past two decades, the United States has seen a substantial increase in development on closed municipal-waste landfills. The construction value of these projects could be substantial in addition to the numerous end-use benefits such as tax revenues and new jobs. Redeveloping landfills is particularly challenging not only because of the issues associated with cleanup, but also because of the environmental and geotechnical issues of building on refuse. With the progression of more sophisticated redevelopment, remediation, landfill gas mitigation, and geotechnical technologies, redevelopment of the former landfills into commercial, retail, and even residential space is becoming much more achievable. Although all brownfield sites possess inherent challenges to redevelopment, landfills, in particular, must be carefully investigated and considered when planning for redevelopment. As landfills age over time, the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of the land (i.e., refuse) change accordingly, making it much more challenging to ensure that the redevelopment activities are protective of human health and the environment over the life of the project. As a result, the environmental, geotechnical, and regulatory requirements are much more stringent for landfill redevelopment. Close collaboration amongst the project team is required in order to achieve successful landfill redevelopment. A case study for a large mixed-use landfill redevelopment mega-project in Silicon Valley to demonstrate the challenges as well as the environmental, social and economic benefits resulting from landfill redevelopment will be presented in this panel discussion.
1st Flr. AtriumBreakout 2C - Resiliency TrackModerator: Laurie J Sands, Riker Danzig et al.
Leveraging the Value of Resilient Infrastructure Approaches in the Wake of SandyGeorge Penesis, AKRF, Inc.
Daniel Greene, NY Governor's OSR
Spanning 13 states and costing more than $65 billion in losses, Hurricane Sandy exposed the major vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructure -- specifically our transportation systems, medical facilities, power generation and distribution systems, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and housing. In June 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and launched the Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition -- a multi-stage planning and design effort to promote resilience in Sandy-affected regions. Ideas were solicited from 148 interdisciplinary teams, and 10 design teams were selected as finalists. HUD ultimately awarded $930M to 7 such projects in 3 states (4 in NY, 2 in NJ, and 1 in CT). These projects are now in various stages of implementation and much is being learned about the design and implementation of resiliency-driven infrastructure modifications in urban settings. For example, structural flood-control devices such as walls or levees need to be integrated into the social fabric of a city or community in order to garner local support. Resilient infrastructure often intersects contaminated sites that require assessment and remediation and sometimes careful geotechnical and structural planning. Waterfront access and water-driven activities are often project components, even when not previously available. New wildlife and fisheries habitat and new opportunities for recreation are often created. Projects can often spur a new look at historical challenges such as combined sewer overflows, by applying green infrastructure initiatives such as increased pervious cover and better quality of discharged stormwater. Resiliency projects can also create business advantages as companies are more assured of a city’s resilience and disaster planning, and therefore, become more willing to invest and locate in what was perhaps a more vulnerable region. This panel will explore the common themes, initiatives, goals, and lessons learned across the projects, with an emphasis on bringing out the highest value common elements that ought to be leveraged when implementing future projects, whether funded by HUD, states, agencies, or cities and across a wider geography. The panelists will be experts with specific first-hand knowledge of these funded projects, and who will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of resiliency-driven urban infrastructure modification.William Kenworthey, AIA, NCARB, HOK
11:40Breakout Sessions 3
2nd Flr. Ballroom BBreakout 3A - Regulatory and Risk Management TrackModerator: Chip D'Angelo, WCD Group, LLC
Mitigating Risk and Opportunities for Brownfields Remediation and Development:Wanda Chin Monahan, Law Offices of Wanda
The Evolving Environmental Insurance Market Chin Monahan
Catherine O'Leary Smith, Aon Risk Solutions
Developers and their financial partners are always concerned with the environmental risk in a deal. While environmental insurance has always been a tool, the market is expanding and changing, and includes the emergence of new and creative forms of environmental insurance products. This session will focus on the critical and evolving role that environmental insurance is playing in reducing the uncertainties and risk associated with brownfield redevelopment projects. Panelists, representing environmental insurance executives, developers, consultants, and attorneys will discuss the various types of environmental insurance policies available today, each playing a different role offering complementary coverage at different stages of the transaction and redevelopment process.Glenn Stock, Stock Development
3rd Flr. Faculty DiningBreakout 3B - Revitalization and Partnership TrackModerator: Sue Boyle, BCONE, LSRPA & GEI
How to Assist Local Communities: 3 Professional OrganizationsRodger Ferguson, PennJersey
that “Give Back” Want Local AdviceErnie Rossano, NYCBP, ERM
Denise Nickel, Middlesex County
BCONE, NYCBP and LSRPA are three non-profit professional organizations with mission commitments to provide pro bono services to communities, including local environmental commissions, green teams, municipal and county staff and elected officials. Other groups that would benefit from education and training on brownfields and all of its complexities from the 3 organization include students, job seekers, and community redevelopment non-profit organizations. This interactive panel, which includes representatives from the 3 organizations (one of whom is a county official with a good understanding of municipal brownfield needs), is looking for guidance from the municipal, county, and state government attendees, citizens, academic stakeholders, and non-profit redevelopers and community organizations, on how the services provided can be improved. Can we assist you in learning where and how to access data, who controls it, when it changes; what environmental work is and what the data means; and how to integrate report outcomes with land use planning, redevelopment project planning; what to look for in an environmental consultant for a good match for a community; funding sources, grants, escrow; merging remediation and redevelopment planning work, and finding partners to fill in the gaps (chronic shortage of funds for community engagement, demolition, planning, education).
1st Flr. AtriumBreakout 3C - Resiliency TrackModerator: Richard Baldwin, Ramboll
An Intersection and Opportunity: International Connection - GlobalHerbert Dreiseitl, Ramboll
Climate Adaptation and Brownfield RedevelopmentJennifer Gonzalez, City of Hoboken
To date, many of these shoreline Brownfield sites have remained inactive and dormant due to economic conditions which do not allow for their economically-viable re-development. Additionally, over the last several years, many US communities have “woken up” and have come to realize that the economic drivers of their shorelines and harbors are now more-related to their use by the population for beneficial uses such as parks, restaurant areas, tourist destinations, high-end hotel/conference centers, etc. As examples, the redeveloped shorelines and harbors of New York City, Boston and San Francisco (to name a few) of today do not resemble their related historic, and typically industrial, shoreline conditions. Herein lies the intersection and opportunity between under-utilized shoreline and harbor Brownfield sites and the use of Living with Nature hurricane resiliency intervention measures. That is, many such measures include parks, living reefs, smart roads, etc., all of which are typically utilized by municipalities to redevelop their shorelines to make their cities both resilient and much more “liveable.” This results in a shoreline which is designed to protect the adjacent population center(s) from impacts associated with flooding and precipitation event, all the while providing a pleasant and useful shoreline in the way of river walks, bike paths, parks and other high-end municipal uses. Further, such redevelopments can take advantage of Brownfield-type measures to protect future facility users from coming into contact with contaminated media, while not requiring all impacted media to be remediated. Another major potential positive result of the intersection between Brownfield redevelopment and Living with Nature resiliency programs is the increase in potential funding opportunities. Brownfield’s funding can be accessed and utilized for the redevelopment of municipal properties while various grants and funding sources could be potentially accessed associated with hurricane resiliency measures. It is anticipated that the final outcome of such a Brownfield/resiliency measures program can result in high-end, waterfronts and harbors for the population of the US while also providing climate adaptation measures associated with future flooding and precipitation events.
12:35Keynote, Sustainability Partner Presentation & LunchKeynote Speaker, Eloise Young
2nd Flr. Ballroom A with Philadelphia Gas Works
Geoff Forrest, Dresder Robin
1:55Afternoon Plenary SessionModerator: Skelly Holmbeck, AGS
2nd Flr Ballroom AMetrics and Predictions of Real Estate and Sustainable Growth in the Northeast:Kevin Gillen, Drexel University
Results of a Deep Data DiveReginald Ross, Jones Lang LaSalle
Lee Ilan, NYC Mayor's OER
The Rockefeller Foundation defines a resilient city as one where people living and working in the city – particularly the poor and vulnerable – survive and thrive in the face of stresses and shocks. One of the key components of a resilient city is a sustainable economy, including the ability of a city to attract business. One of the main factors contributing to New York City’s resilience post Sandy and the 9/11 terrorist attack was “the city’s relative prosperity.” This panel takes a deep dive into economic data related to city resilience including affordable housing, commercial development, and economic modeling, along with additional metrics a city can use to track and encourage sustainability and resilience.
3:00Awards and Scholarship Programs, Closing
2nd Flr. Ballroom ABCONE is proud to honor Lee Ilan with our 2nd annual Outstanding Individual Achievement award. Lee Ilan, a dedicated public servant, is being recognized for her outstanding contribution to brownfield planning and redevelopment and for her contribution towards the founding of BCONE and its NSCW.
BCONE Sustainable Communities Redevelopment Award - Harbor Point Redevelopment Project (Stamford, CT)