Episode 7 – From Regulator to Developer: A Unique Perspective w/ Collen Kokas

Colleen Kokas, EVP at Environmental Liability Transfer (ELT), discusses the multi-disciplinary aspects of site remediation in this episode of the Redevelopment Institute Podcast. As a former regulator and brownfields project manager for NJDEP, Colleen discusses the transition to private developer. She talks about projects past and present, and how this still largely male-dominated field continues to evolve. Colleen[…]

Episode 5 – Appreciating Appalachia w/ Will Warren

Will Warren is on a mission to spread the word about the culture, community, and economic opportunity in Appalachia—a region made up of 13 states and home to over 25 million people. With a background in economic development, Will and his brother have launched a podcast called Appalachia Meets World that touches on a variety[…]

“Appalachia Meets World” with Will Warren

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word Appalachia? Often people think of the challenges or the despair they have read or heard about. Growing up in the coalfields, Will Warren knows this story all too well: how an extractive economy and dependence on the coal industry has devastated[…]

Episode 4 – Making Green Construction Possible w/ Jon Williams

Today’s podcast features long-time brownfield redeveloper Jon Williams, who recently founded Viridi Parente, a company that manufactures electric-powered drive systems for construction vehicles and related equipment. Jon discusses his experiences in bringing environmentally-troubled sites back into the economy and his new venture creating greener forms of construction equipment and energy storage. More information on these initiatives[…]