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Sep 2015
Sep 2015


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Brownfields 2015 Sustainable Communities Start Here


Event Overview:

The National Brownfields Conference is one of the largest educational events sponsored by the U.S. EPA, attracting over 6,000 participants and featuring over 100 dynamic educational sessions, networking and business development opportunities, mobile workshops, walking tours, and volunteer activities to see redevelopment at ground level.

Brownfields 2015 is the premier conference and trade show focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.  The upcoming event is the 16th National Brownfields Training Conference, which promises to attract thousands of stakeholders to the “windy city” for three days of training, networking and business development.  Since 1995, the National Brownfields Training Conference has been the most important stop on the calendar of anyone working to create better communities through cleaning up and reusing brownfield properties.  

What is the name of the conference?

Brownfields 2015:  Sustainable Communities Start Here.  It is also referred to as the National Brownfields Training Conference.


A partnership between the U.S. EPA and ICMA has developed the National Brownfields Conference into the premier international forum focused on redeveloping America’s brownfield properties and promoting environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. In its 16-year history the conference has grown from being a relatively low-key event into being the hub of information sharing and networking for a wide variety of topics related to sustainability. Specifically, ICMA manages the conference's educational program which includes over 125 educational sessions, mobile workshops, films, the Poster Gallery and the Economic Redevelopment Forum.


In 2015, ICMA will work in partnership with the EPA to deliver key aspects of the conference including communication and outreach to potential attendees, educational programming and special events.  ICMA will also organize a conference trade show and exhibit hall as well as a sponsorship program.

Features of the National Brownfields Conference added by ICMA include:

  • Marketplace roundtable discussions that provide more free flowing audience interaction than traditional PowerPoint driven panel sessions
  • An environmental film series
  • The Economic Redevelopment Forum (formerly the Brownfields Transaction Forum), which brings together site owners, investors, developers, end-users, and state and local economic development officials to lay the groundwork for potential revitalization deal-making.

Information regarding the past National Brownfields Conference, including sessions, presenters, keynote speakers, activites and more is available at, a site managed by ICMA.

Attendee Information:

Brownfields 2015 promises something for all levels of stakeholders and practitioners.  The heart of the conference is a dynamic educational program of speakers, discussions, mobile workshops, films and other learning formats that are calibrated to provide you with case study examples, program updates, and useful strategies for meeting your brownfield challenges head on. The conference typically includes

  • Dozens of educational sessions with expert speakers, and facilitators providing leading edge information to share, as well as interactive discussion sessions that provide knowledge through the power of crowd-sourced conversations and interactions
  • Unmatched networking and business development opportunities in the conference exhibit hall, and through industry designed events such as special redevelopment forums connecting brownfield site owners with investors and developers
  • Special events such as mobile workshops, walking tours, and other activities to see redevelopment at ground level in the Chicagoland area.

Exhibitor Information:

The National Brownfields Training Conference connects you with thousands of decision makers from the private sector, local, state and federal agencies, nonprofit and community groups, and academia. As the largest national event focused on redeveloping brownfield properties and creating more sustainable communities where thousands of industry professionals and decision makers come together to learn the latest in the assessment, remediation, and redevelopment of contaminated sites.

Attendee Profile: Engineering/Environmental Services-25% Local Government-24% State/Tribal Government-10% Community Groups/Non-profits-9% Federal Government-7% Other-7% Real Estate/Economic Development-5% Academia/Student-5% Attorney/Legal Services-3% Banking/Finance/Insurance-2% Planning/Design/Architecture-2% Environmental Justice-1%
Sponsorship Details:
Brownfields 2015 offers agencies, firms, and nonprofit, community and academic organizations many opportunities to increase the visibility of their cleanup and redevelopment expertise through a variety of partnership programs.


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