Brownfields Conference/Update
04 Nov 1997 10:14:45

From: "Warren Goldstein-Gelb" <>


In just 10 days, the brownfields conference, "Vacant Lots to Common Ground:
Strategies for Community-based Brownfields Revitalization" will convene
at Tufts University (November 14, 15 1997) in Medford, Massachusetts. This
regional conference will bring together community development corporations,
neighborhood and environmental justice groups, small business assistance
organizations, lenders and financial institutions, and muncipal officials to
explore and develop sustainable strategies to link brownfields revitalization
and community development. The aim is to provide information, training, and
resources to help these stakeholders bring new life to abandoned sites.

Greg Watson, Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative,
a resident-driven community planning organization in Roxbury, Massachusetts
is the conference keynote speaker.

Full conference information on 13 workshops, a policy dialogue, speakers and
more are available at the web site of Tufts Environment and Community
Development Program:
>From there, click on "brownfields conference" to get to the Conference Site


Call or e-mail for a conference registration form (also available on the web

phone: 617-627-3162 email:
fax: 617-627-3099


Conference workshops focus on the link between the revitalization of small
brownfields sites (abandoned commercial and industrial properties)
and community-based development. Workshop topics include:

Brownfields for beginners, packaging deals for community development,
effective collaboration, attracting developers/marketing sites, mapping your
community's future, intro to environmental assessment, new technologies for
assessment and cleanup, creative funding strategies, taking control of
local sites, innovative funding strategies, policy updates.

Speakers include:
William Librizzi, Northeast Hazardous Substance Research Center
Deirdre Menoyo and Stephanie Pollack, Conservation Law Foundation
Vernice Miller, Natural Resources Defense Council
Frances Stanley, Federal Reserve Bank
Elizabeth Collaton and Charles Bartsch, Northeast-Midwest Institute
Gary Lord, Isles CDC
Bill Shutkin, Alternatives for Community and Environment
Russ Lopez, Environmental Diversity Forum
Ned Abelson, Goulston and Storrs
Garen Sahagian, Fleet Bank
Evelyn Friedman Vargas, Nuestra Communidad CDC
Sarah Weinstein, Mass DEP
Bryan Wyatt, Coalition for a Better Acre
David Floreen, Massachusetts Bankers Association
Steven Landau, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
...and others

Register by 11/7
$70 2 days/ $50 Friday only (full day)
$20 Saturday only (half day interactive brownfields simulation)