RE-Development Academy Real Estate Webinar audio available

On September 13, 2019,  EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization hosted its first RE-Development Academy Real Estate WebinarRedevelopment Process: The Intersection of Real Estate and Brownfields. If you were unable to join the webinar live, you can listen to a recording of it by clicking here.

In it you will learn firsthand, through a property developer’s perspective, the process for redeveloping a contaminated site, including:

  • Factors that motivate or discourage development of contaminated properties
  • How and when developers make decisions
  • Special issues to consider (compatibility of site cleanup and reuse, contaminant type & location, institutional or engineering controls, etc.)
  • Pre- and post redevelopment activities, determining cost and return on investment

Increase your understanding of the real estate redevelopment process!

Register for upcoming webinars here:

EPA Urban Farm Business Plan and Worksheets Available

The Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook provides guidance for developing a business plan for the startup and operation of an urban farm. It focuses on food and non-food related cultivated agriculture. The information provided is applicable regardless of whether the farm is to be operated as a non-profit or for-profit business.


Superfund Task Force releases final report

Yesterday, USEPA announced the availability of final recommendations for Superfund. Actions related to four goals were presented. As promised, it is a comprehensive look at the range of actions from expediting cleanup to redevelopment. I think it is well worth reading and following up on.

Vita Nuova Webinar: Aligning the Stars in Opportunity Zones

On May 10, 2019, Vita Nuova hosted a webinar discussing the new and exciting possibilities for Opportunity Zones, a new tool for encouraging private investment in low-income communities. If you were unable to join the webinar live, you can watch a recording for free anytime by clicking here.

Since the webinar, there have been a number of exiting developments:

  • Our featured community, Montrose, Colorado has released its Opportunity Zone Prospectus. Montrose is an innovator and leader in rural America and their new Opportunity Zone Prospectus reflects that fact. The prospectus showcases a market-based approach to evaluating the highest priority redevelopment opportunities, all of which are already attracting local and national attention. Please take a look at the invitation to invest and share widely!
  • Brent Carney, Esq., one of our speakers, recently spoke at the Department of Treasury and IRS public hearing held at the New Carrollton Federal Building on July 9th regarding qualified opportunity zones. Please see his submitted comments here.

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Look for our next webinar date this fall!

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.