PA DEP, Engineers Society Team to Promote Brownfields Redevelopment
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will team with the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) to organize a single statewide brownfields conference to be held in Pittsburgh this October, the department announced today.
“Brownfields redevelopment is an important policy priority for us, and for good reason. By remediating old industrial sites, we provide for both environmental protection and for new job growth from rejuvenated communities,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “We are delighted to work with the Engineers Society on this effort. By combining forces, we can reach a broader audience and provide timely information on current trends all in a one-stop conference.”
Previously, DEP and ESWP each held separate statewide conferences that appealed to virtually the same audience. This combined conference will highlight the best elements of both conferences, including the Extreme Makeover competition; mobile workshops; a video showcase of success stories; technical updates on market trends and treatment options; and a tiered track of courses that will provide continuing education credits for economic development agency personnel and engineering professionals.
Organizers plan to hold the conference in different regions of the state each year and will develop conference content with input from an advisory panel of industry experts.
Brownfields are properties that are in need of expansion, redevelopment or reuse, but because of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants, that work is made more challenging. Pennsylvania’s approach to brownfields redevelopment has proven to be a national model for transforming abandoned, idle properties into places of economic opportunity.
To learn more about brownfields redevelopment in Pennsylvania, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 717-783-1566.
Media contact: Amanda Witman, 717-787-1323
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection