1999 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Tony Chenhansa <tonyc@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 17:46:54 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: Friday 4/22/99 Brownfields Introductions (continued)
Friday 4/22/99 Brownfields Introductions (continued)

FYI-For the recently subscribed members the original message is included
at the end of today's introductions.

24) Maria Tucker    University of Michigan
25) Mara Feeney     Independent Consultant in San Francisco
26) Fritz Schopflin    Plumas Corporation
27) Alex Lantsberg     SAEJ


Subject:         Introductions
Date:         Tue, 13 Apr 1999 01:22:34 -0400
From:         maria <tuckerm@umich.edu>

Hi! Tony,

My name is maria tucker and i'm a first year doctoral student at the
University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources & Environment.  I
am planning on critically engaging the brownfield project development
process for my dissertation.  Please excuse the brevity of my response,
i don't
have time to be too detailed.

As for hobbies, when not reading or writing, i like to watch C-SPAN,
Discovery Channel and TLC.  I also enjoy meeting new folks.

Thanks for putting together the introductions!


             maria r. tucker
             University of Michigan
             School of Natural Resources & Environment
             Resource Policy & Behavior

         "The man or woman who proclaims devotion to the cause
           of liberation yet is unable to enter into communion with
           the people, whom he or she continues  to regard as totally
           ignorant, is grievously self-deceived."
                                            -Paolo Freire, 1970


Subject:         Intros
Date:         Wed, 14 Apr 1999 12:14:54 EDT
From:         MaraFeeney@aol.com

Hi, Tony.  I am an independent consultant based in San Francisco with
over 20 years of professional experience.  My specialties are
impact analysis and public participation in site remediation.  I have
completed Public Participation Plans for a wide variety of CERCLA site
around the Bay Area, as well as for the City of Emeryville's Brownfields
Pilot project funded by USEPA.  Many of the sites I work on are located
in "environmental justice" situations, i.e. communities whose residents
are  predominantly minority and/or low income.


Subject:              Brownfields Introductions
Date:              Fri, 23 Apr 1999 13:47:26 -0700
From:              Fritz Schopflin <plumasco@psln.com>
Organization:              Plumas Corporation

This is a little late.  I have been out of my office a good deal in the
past several weeks.

I am involved in business development at Plumas Corporation, the
economic development entity for Plumas County, CA.  I am  a newcomer to
both economic development and brownfields.  My focus is on business
attraction, expansion and startup in a rural mountain county with about
21,000 residents.

Plumas County has been hit hard, as have many other Northern California
communities, by mill closures.  For me, the brownfields tie-in is the
absence of viable, ready-to-develop industrial sites to which
businesses could locate once I have them interested in coming here.  My
involvement came about as a result of preparing and submitting an
application to
the EDA-funded California Mill Reuse Pilot Program on behalf of an owner
a former mill site who wants to develop the property for industrial
use.  We hope to learn in June if the site will be selected for
environmental assessment and eventual cleanup.  This will be a high
priority because, other than the cleanup issues (which, of course,
aren't insignificant) the site has a lot going for it.  It will end up
being one of our best sites when it is cleaned up.


Subject:         list intro
Date:         Fri, 23 Apr 1999 15:00:41 -0700
From:         "Alex Lantsberg" <alex@saej.org>


brownfields list bio

My name is Alex Lantsberg and I am the Project Coordinator for the
Southeast Alliance for environmental Justice. SAEJ is based in the
Hunters Point community in San Francisco and serves as the environmental

watchdog for the neighborhood.

My interest in brownfields comes from two angles.  First, as an
activist and organizer I am interested in bringing in economic
development projects
that can address environmental issues such as contaminated soils while
mitigating the project's associated environmental impacts from traffic,
noise, and
polluting industry.   Second because I come to this as a former
business student i understand the business realities that can make or
break a
project.  I want to help organize capital to meet community economic
justice needs, and simultaneously address the private interests that
bring the
capital to the table.

Ideally, we can create eco-friendly businesses that can generate
community jobs, facilitate environmental cleanup, and help set-up the
technical &
financial infrastructure to allow community residents & organizations
to reclaim their communities.

Alex Lantsberg, Project Coordinator
Southeast Alliance for Environmental Justice
744 Innes Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94124
ph: 415/824.4102              fax: 415/824-1061
alex@saej.org                             www.saej.org


Romance and Brownfields Introductions

Now that I've got your attention I want make sure you respond to the
following message.  The subject header isn't totally irrelevant to
brownfields. :-)

Almost two years ago I posted a "Who's using this Newsgroup?" message.
It gave people a chance to see who the audience was and make known what
his/her interest was in brownfields.  At that time we had about 200
subscribers, now we have about 320 people.  This is probably a good time
for introductions again.

Please post a reply to this topic saying 1) who you are, and 2) how you
relate to the Brownfields issues of this conference - this is to let all
the readers identify areas of common interest. And 3) I would encourage
people to talk about some of the projects you're currently involved with
and if you've introduced yourself before maybe update us on what has
happened since your first introduction. This last request is optional.
Please feel free to add one or two lines about non-work related info
such as your favorite color, dessert, hobbies, etc. Here's a creative
example from the 1997 intros.

"I am also interested in a LTR, long walks on the beach, and independent
films. Serious only.  No smokers." --

If you want to read past introductions or find out who this individual
is go to http://www.cpeo.org/lists/brownfields/1998

The main reason for this exercise is to make people feel more
comfortable about using the brownfields listserve.  Last week, I
suggested to a newsgroup participant that he try asking the newsgroup
for photographs of brownfields sites. I was somewhat puzzled by his
response.  He told me he was "shy" about sending a message to the group
because he was intimidated by some of the eloquent messages that had
been posted. I couldn't convince him that he had something of value to
offer to the brownfields discussion even though he might not be an

The newsgroup has a diverse group of participants: community, academia,
government, attorneys, and consultants. I make an extra effort to
recruit are community participants. So if you know of anyone fitting
this category, please let them know about CPEO's newsgroup. I would
appreciate any comments or ideas (positive or negative) about this
newsgroup and the way it is developing.

By the way (BTW) don't worry about receiving 300 plus messages in your
Inbox tomorrow.  I will group all the introductions into one email
digest which and send the introductions at the end of the business day.



FYI--Here's the latest breakdown of the domains listed on the CPEO
brownfields listserve. There are a total of 321 newsgroup subscribers.

.com    114
.org      60
.edu     41    Professors and grad students
.net      38
.gov     35    EPA is well represented with 23 email addresses
.us        23    These are mostly city and state agencies
.mil      9      Military agencies
.uk       2      Some reps from the United Kingdom



Tony Chenhansa,  Program Coordinator
Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO)
425 Market Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA  94105
ph: 415-405-7751 fx: 415-904-7765
e-mail: tonyc@cpeo.org

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