OECD Spotlights “Brownfield” Redevelopment

Cleanup and redevelopment of local contaminated properties, called brownfields, will be the subject of an intensive workshop co-sponsored by Humboldt State's Office for Economic and Community Development (OECD) on Thursday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Wharfinger Building, One Marina Way, Eureka.

Geared to a host of audiences ranging from property owners and realtors to attorneys, environmentalists and redevelopment professionals, the workshop will be presented by brownfields specialists from the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR,—“see clear”), a national non-profit organization founded in 1996 to promote the reuse and recycling of environmentally-distressed properties.

The presentation will provide the specific knowledge and skills required to manage contaminant challenges and finance recovery. They comprise regulatory and legal issues, environmental site assessment and cleanup, environmental insurance, and rural and regional case studies.

Admission is $95.00 and covers lunch and training materials. Registration, including cash payment, is due Monday, September 18, by 5:00 p.m. and can be arranged by calling 707/826-3924 or visiting the OECD in person in Siemens Hall 206 A on the HSU campus.

“The information that CCLR provides takes a lot of fear out of brownfields development,” says Maggie Gainer, Director of the OECD. “This is a great chance to discuss frankly the very real opportunities and the valid apprehensions to redeveloping local, rural sites.”

Workshop co-sponsors in addition to the OECD and CCLR are Kash Boodjeh-Architect of Arcata and two Eureka companies, SHN Consulting Engineers and Geologists and Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers.

Boodjeh says, “If you’re designing, developing, studying, permitting, or living next to a brownfield, this customized CCLR workshop is a ‘must attend’ for you. We are lucky to have this opportunity right here on the North Coast.”

For details about the CCLR team of trainers and the workshop, click on www.humboldt.edu/econdev/cclr.