2020 Brownfield Seminar

GBA’s 2020 Brownfield Seminar Will Be Virtual – Oct. 6 & 7

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GBA is hosting its sixth annual Georgia Brownfield Seminar, providing a forum for discussions about the environmental, financial, regulatory, and community factors that guide brownfield remediation and redevelopment. GBA will bring together information, experience, and research to provide Seminar participants a greater knowledge and ability to help revitalize their community.

The health and safety of our members and partners has always been a top priority for our organization. After tremendous review and discussion, we have made the decision to pivot our 2020 Brownfield Seminar to a virtual format as a result of the increasing impact COVID is having in our state and beyond. Please plan to join our Zoom webinar on Oct. 6 & 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
While we will miss seeing you all in person and networking with you at the event, please know that we will present the same high-value content that was originally slated for earlier this year. In fact, we are excited to share a number of benefits to this format:
  • Extended reach – please consider inviting your contacts from all corners of the state (and beyond!) to join us. An online format will allow us to extend our reach and include those who may not typically be able to join in person due to travel restraints. We’ve sold out every year for this event and are excited to be able to accommodate even more participants this year.
  • Recorded sessions – we intend to record the sessions and make them available to those who have registered for the program. This means you can revisit information at a later date, and if you have a conflict during one of the sessions you can still access that information.
  • Continuing education credits* – this educational program offers an opportunity to earn up to six continuing education credits. For the first time ever, GBA is submitting the Brownfield Seminar to the Georgia Bar Association to offer CLE credits.
  • Zoom – we are considering employing the Zoom platform. In addition to the ease of use this allows, we are looking forward to leveraging features such as breakout sessions to provide networking opportunities. Please advise us if that program is NOT accepted by your company.
Visit www.GeorgiaBrownfield.org/PastSeminars for more information about past presenters.


This seminar will provide quality education opportunities with a wide range of participants, including leading development, legal, engineering, risk management, economic development, and other professionals throughout Georgia and beyond with a shared interest in cleaning and redeveloping contaminated properties and revitalizing surrounding areas around the state.

We are pleased to share our 2020 GBA Brownfield Seminar line-up, to be presented via Zoom on October 6-7, 2020. While we have pivoted to a virtual format, we are excited to offer the same great quality, educational program you have come to expect at this annual event.
  • Keynote Speakers: Jennifer Zeller, Strategic Solutions Manager and Ricardo Palacios, Engineering Manager; Georgia Power Community & Economic Development 
  • Creating Value from Surplus Properties through Brownfields Redevelopment- Steven Aufdenkampe, Norfolk Southern and Rebecca Bolden, Mohawk Industries
  • Collaboration Across Georgia’s Hazardous Waste Programs  – Adam Hanley of EPD’s Brownfield Unit and Mike Smilley of EPD’s VRP Unit
  • Community Involvement and Environmental Health: Soil Heavy Metal Contamination in West Atlanta – Dr. Eri Saikawa
  • EPA Updates
  • Incentives for Brownfields Redevelopment: A Success Story with the Florida Brownfields Program – David Latham, Geosyntec and Joe Ullo, Stearns Weaver Miller
  • Lessons Learned in Brownfield Redevelopment – Jim Irwin, New City Properties and John Spinrad, Arnall Golden Gregory
  • Addressing the Challenges of Ongoing Owner Obligations for Type 5 Remediation  – Anthony Nievera, Peachtree Environmental and Shannon Ridley, EPD Brownfields Coordinator
  • PFAS Issues Related to Brownfields Redevelopment – Renea Hall, EPA Region 4 Staff Lead for PFAS Emerging Contaminants and Alabama Drinking Water Program Liaison with John Hollar, Geosyntec and Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg
  • EPD Updates – Sarah Visser, Assistant Branch Chief of EPD’s Land Protection Branch with Jason Metzger, Director of EPD’s Response and Remediation Program, and Shannon Ridley, EPD Brownfields Coordinator
  • Status and Effective Use of GaEPD’s New Guidance Documents – Steve Ellingson, Vatten Associates
  • Leveraging Georgia’s Regional Commissions for Brownfield Assessment: A Case-study of a Multi-party Brownfield Assessment Coalition Project  – Nick DiLuzio, Newfields with Jim Livingston and Laura Schneider, River Valley Regional Commission 

Register for the 2020 Brownfield Seminar Now


Updated Virtual Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsors, you’ll have the added benefit of increased visibility at each of these events. We’re updating our sponsorship packages to ensure you receive maximum exposure and value from your support of the Brownfield Seminar. We have additional sponsorship opportunities remaining – let us know if you’d like additional information on how to leverage this new format to reach your clients, prospects and partners.
We appreciate your input as we join together to present the Brownfield Seminar to you. We encourage you to share your thoughts or questions by emailing Jennifer Jezyk.

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Thank You to our 2020 GBA Brownfield Seminar Sponsors




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