Kathy Castagna - Senior Brownfields Advisor

Kathy Castagna

Kathy Castagna - Senior Brownfields Advisor

Ms. Castagna had a 37-year career with the U.S. EPA, Region 1. She was an EPA certified Project Officer who managed a variety of brownfields projects throughout New England. She worked closely with communities who received EPA Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup or Revolving Loan Fund grants to ensure successful completion of these projects. She has experience working with rural communities, regional planning agencies, and large cities in helping them implement their brownfields program. That expertise includes site eligibility determinations, financial management, grant compliance, state partnerships and helping to identify additional funding streams for communities.

Ms. Castagna’s additional work in the brownfields arena included management of the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program for US EPA, Region 1. She coordinated all aspects of the Brownfields Job Training Program including requests for proposals, grant reviews, and grant management. She was a featured speaker at job training program graduation ceremonies in New England.

Prior to joining the Brownfields Program, she worked as the US EPA Region 1 Environmental Justice Coordinator. She was responsible for training the entire EPA staff or 715+ employees on the principles of environmental justice, including coordinating field trips to local EJ organizations. She chaired the EJ Council and led the effort to develop internal guidance on implementing EJ principles in the regional enforcement and compliance programs. She developed the EJ Action Plan and increased the awareness and understanding of engaging local stakeholders in EPA decision-making as it affected underserved communities.

Ms. Castagna has experience in developing Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act. She was part of the project team that developed the EIS on the siting of the Boston Harbor Wastewater Facilities at Deer Island, MA – a multi-year effort. She also has extensive experience in federal procurement processes.

Fred Ellerbush

Fred Ellerbusch

Fred Ellerbush

Over the past 30 years, Fred has worked in policy development, tools development, remediation, regulatory and legislative interactions and executive leadership related to the safety field. With numerous professional affiliations and publications, Fred is a nationally recognized leader in the field of E, H & S risk management. He currently holds positions as Trustee and APHA representative at the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University School of Public Health, and Zone Remediation, Redeployment, and Real Estate Director and Senior Vice President at Solvay USA Inc. Dr. Ellerbusch has a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and an MS in Environmental Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He holds an MPH and PhD from the Rutgers University School of Public Health.

Tim Fields

Timothy Fields

Tim Fields

Tim Fields has 40 years of experience addressing environmental site assessment, cleanup, waste management, redevelopment, and environmental justice issues, including 30 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While at EPA, Tim served for four years as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), where he directed a program with an annual budget in excess of $2 billion. He has chaired multiple EPA advisory panels, including the Federal Facilities Environmental Restoration Dialogue Committee (FFERDC), the National Human Resources Council, and the OSWER Environmental Justice Task Force, where he led the development of an environmental justice strategy for Superfund, solid and hazardous waste management, Brownfields, and underground storage tank programs. He is experienced in developing and implementing RCRA, Superfund, and Brownfield reform measures and in mediating complex environmental-justice disputes. Tim has received four Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious and Distinguished Executive Service and has been recognized by Virginia Tech as one of the “Top 100 Alumni of the Millennium.” He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, and from The George Washington University with an M.S. degree in Operations Research. Tim serves as a Senior Vice President heading MDB’s Environmental Management practice. He is an expert mediator/facilitator, and serves as an expert witness on environmental cleanup and waste management matters.

Barbara Greenfield

Barbara Greenfield

Barbara Greenfield

Barbara Greenfield is a national expert in removing impediments and finding innovative ways to make redevelopment work at complex sites. Ms. Greenfield is known as a leader and innovator in achieving redevelopment at Superfund sites in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6. Known for her work with owners, developers and communities, Ms. Greenfield worked with enforcement and Department of Justice staff to craft innovative solutions to promote redevelopment and limit the liabilities of parties to the transactions. Prior to serving as Redevelopment Coordinator for Region 6, Ms. Greenfield served as Deputy Director of Enforcement and as Regional Counsel for Region 6. She served in various capacities as chie of the waste and Superfund divisions within Region 6. Prior to her career at EPA, Ms. Greenfield held numerous roles in private practice. Ms. Greenfield holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from New York University, a Master’s in American Constitutional History from Columbia University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from New York University School of Law. She was the recipient of the Newman Prize for Public Law, the West Publishing Prize in Constitution Law and the Bancroft-Whitney Prize in Conflicts of Law.

Barry Hersh

Barry Hersh

Barry Hersh

Mr. Hersh is one of the leading brownfields developers in the country, having managed the acquisition of over $150 million dollars in environmentally-impacted properties from commercial to heavy industrial nationwide. His experience in the development field includes over 25 years in various positions including Development and Planning Director for a municipality, Executive Director of a Community Development Corporation and senior development official for a Fortune 100 corporation.

Mr. Hersh’s experience includes community planning and zoning code modifications in communities ranging from small towns to major cities, including Transit Oriented Design projects. He has extensive international experience in brownfields redevelopment and analyses in Eastern Europe, China and throughout North America. He was the first chair of the Developers’ Committee for the National Brownfields Association, the chair of the Finance Committee for The Waterfront Center and a Board member of the New Partners for Community Revitalization, the Partnership for Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment and the Clean Land Fund. Currently Mr. Hersh holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Real Estate, teaching graduate courses in development, land use and sustainability at New York University. Mr. Hersh has a Master’s in Planning from New York University and an undergraduate degree in Urban Affairs/Economics from City University of New York.

David Kooris

David Kooris

David Kooris

David Kooris is the Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development for Connecticut’s most populous city, Bridgeport. In this position he manages seven divisions including Planning, Economic Development, Housing and Community Development, Neighborhood Revitalization, Land Use and Construction Review, Buildings, and Zoning. This role enables him to chart a long-range strategy for the city’s revitalization grounded in its diverse neighborhoods, spur economic development in its downtown and commercial centers, and reposition thousands of acres of brownfields for sustainable redevelopment focusing on transportation alternatives, distributed energy generation and green infrastructure, and economic development calibrated to the city’s workforce.

Mr. Kooris has worked on high-speed rail-oriented development, sustainability planning, and urban revitalization projects throughout the Northeast corridor as well as in Kansas City, Vancouver, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Peru, Taiwan, and South Korea. He received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Master in City and Regional Planning and a Master Certificate in Urban Design from PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Jim Rocco

Jim Rocco

Jim Rocco

Jim Rocco brings over thirty years of experience related to information management, environmental risk management, and risk-based decision processes for sustainable site corrective action and property redevelopment. His experience includes human health risk assessment, risk-based decision making for corrective action and property redevelopment, reuse, or disposition; community and stakeholder communication and interaction; and database and geographic information system (GIS) development and implementation.

Mr. Rocco’s expertise and primary interests are in multi-criteria structured decision making and the management, communication, and resolution of environmental risks related to brownfield and other environmentally impacted properties. His focus includes the design, specification, and development of processes and software applications to support environmental risk management and decision making and the accessibility, presentation, and dissemination of information through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and tabular databases.

Mr. Rocco has extensive experience and involvement in the development of technical solutions for environmental risk management and the implementation of structured decision making in a multi-stakeholder environment to support corrective action and redevelopment. He has developed and maintained temporal and spatial databases and utilized GIS to support risk assessments, risk-based evaluations, and reuse planning evaluations for property or area revitalization, and for presentations of information to diverse audiences including GIS-based mapping applications and relational databases developed for spatial and temporal data analysis. He has participated in the development of open, transparent processes utilizing temporal and spatial databases to facilitate and enhance decision making and communication about risks from chemicals and radionuclides in the environment.

He has worked with stakeholders at all levels, including federal and state environmental regulators, and communities surrounding facilities. He has developed and negotiated liability transfer mechanisms including the application of institutional and engineering controls associated with the transfer and redevelopment of over 300 sites in 17 states. He has actively supported and participated in the development of environmental covenants as a means of addressing long term care for institutional and engineering controls.

Mr. Rocco has a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He worked for twenty-five years in private industry overseeing and managing the construction, maintenance, and environmental aspects of commercial and industrial properties. In addition to his work as a member of Vita Nuova LLC, he is a principal in Sage Risk Solutions LLC focusing on environmental risk management for commercial, industrial, and Brownfields properties and participates on a team of professionals with Risk Assessment Corporation (RAC) focusing on environmental and human health issues associated with chemicals and radionuclides in the environment.