2024 Brownfield Seminar

2024 GBA Brownfield Seminar 

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Featuring Keynote Speaker – Jeff Cown, Director of the Environmental
Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources

GBA is pleased to present the 10th annual Brownfield Seminar on April 9, 2024. This full-day program once again will be presented as a hybrid event, both virtually and in-person at the Georgia State University Knowles Law Center. Attendees will benefit from 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. This year’s program will provide extra networking time as well.

  • When:     April 9, 2024 8 am to 5 pm, reception 5 to 7 pm
  • Where:   GSU Knowles Law Center, Atlanta, GA + Virtual
  • What:      A full day of educational programming plus extra time for networking.
    Once again, we will apply for CLE credits from the State Bar of Georgia and offer
    Certificates of Completion
    to professionals in other industries in need of CEs.
  • Questions? Contact Jennifer Lesnieski.








Session 1: PSAs

Georgia Municipal Association / NJIT

Session 2: EPD Update
Session 3:  Brownfields by the Numbers

  • Financing Brownfield Remediation in the City of Atlanta –  Evan Daily, Invest Atlanta
  • Complex Brownfield Redevelopment Projects – Jessica Turner, PG, GEI Consultants, Inc. / Stephanie Horwitz, EPD
  • Results Are In! Economic Impacts from Brownfields Redevelopment in GA: Perspectives from Economic Research, EPA and GA EPD – Demeke Bayou, EPA / Shannon Ridley, EPD / Camilla Warren, US EPA / John Travis Marshall, GA State Law School (Moderator)
Session 4:    

  • Climate-Smart Brownfields Redevelopment – Carrie Martin, AICP, NJ Institute of Technology (NJIT) Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB)
  • Using Native Plants to “Green Up” Brownfields” – Nikki Belmonte + Lea Millet, GA Native Plant Society
Session 5: Technical Sessions

  • Beyond StoryMaps: Using ArcGIS Online Tools to Promote Community Engagement and Track Brownfields Site inventory –  Lindsay Wallace, NewFields
  • Using HRSC Tools and 3D Modeling to Create Targeted Injection Plans for Brownfield Cleanup –  Jim Depa, Jacob & Hefner Associates, Inc.
  • Use of a MIP with MIHPT to Delineate Contaminant Plume in Real-Time –  Rick Samuels, KEMRON
Keynote Address: Jeff Cown, Director of the Environmental
Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources
Session 6: EPA Brownfields Update

  • David Hayes, US EPA
Session 7:   Vapor Intrusion

Perspectives on Vapor Intrusion Issues Related to TCE Exposure & Update on Toxic Tort Litigation

  • Kevin Koporec, EPA / Tom Wurzinger, Geosyntec / Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg
Session 8: PFAS Panel Discussion

  • PFAS regulatory update – Dora Chiang, WSP New PFAS analytical methods  – Noelle DeStefano, eurofins   
  • Group discussion on a Brownfield hypothetical  – Lucas Barraso-Giachetti, S&ME
  • Moderated by Gerald Pouncey, Morris, Manning & Martin
Session 9: EJ Topics

  • Stakeholder Concerns and Environmental Justice with Brownfield Redevelopment –  Sheryl Good, EPA / Rebecca Davis, Arnall Golden Gregory / Rick Glaze, Barnes & Thornburg (Moderator)
  • Tale of Two NPUS + Chattahoochee Brick Company – Marjorie Hall, NewFields / L.A. Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Bellwood Homes
Session 10: Case Studies

  • Chattahoochee RiverLands and the Atlanta Reach – Christine Hassell, Trust for Public Land / Keith Sharp, Keller Williams Buckhead / Jessica Lavandier, City of Atlanta
  • Community Revitalization in Rural Southwest Georgia – Laura Schneider, River Valley Regional Commission (RVRC) /  Jason Cooper, Terracon / Mary Beth Brownlee, One Sumter Economic Development Foundation, Inc.





Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorships offer maximum visibility for your organization leading up to, following and during the Seminar. Sign up early as a sponsor to take full advantage of pre-event promotions. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities at the 2024 GBA Brownfield Seminar.
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Thank you 2024 Brownfield Seminar Sponsors:

Premier Sponsors:



Presenting Sponsors:


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Reception Sponsors:

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Lunch Sponsors:

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Refreshment Sponsors:

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Coffee Sponsors:

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Scholarship/Grant Opportunities

Once again GBA is offering a limited number of community scholarship/grant opportunities. Please submit your applications to Jennifer@HLStrategy.com. Access the application here.


Visit www.GeorgiaBrownfield.org/PastSeminars for more information about past presenters.

Abstracts can be submitted via email to Jennifer Lesnieski at Jennifer@HLStrategy.com. Don’t have a “fully cooked” idea but would like to propose a speaker or topic? We’re accepting those suggestions as well – just drop us a quick email.

We welcome abstracts about topics including – but not limited to:

Brownfield development case studies

Building decontamination/abatement and demolition

Climate change preparation

Community engagement

Community health

Development challenges and overcoming them

Digital solutions and tools

Economic development

Emerging contaminants and how they could impact development

Environmental due diligence

Environmental investigation

Environmental justice

ESG considerations

Innovative approaches to managing technical & non-technical risks

Grants and lending opportunities

Legal issues


Regulations and planning

Remediation – soil, groundwater, surface water, sediments, vapor intrusion

Risk assessment

Teaming with HSRA/VRP


Vapor intrusion

Click here for additional details on abstract submissions.