Brownfields University:

Free Training Workshops at Brownfields 2023


Brownfields University returns as our foundational pre-conference training program for Brownfields 2023. It will provide a curriculum of core brownfield concepts and practices to prepare attendees for the full educational program content.


This year's courses include Are You “Revitalization-Ready”?, where participants will learn how to position a property for reuse and prepare a brownfields investment package to attract public and private investment,

Big Maps, Big Ideas, Big Impact, in which attendees will learn to utilize Storymaps and other tools to achieve a variety of community objectives, Brownfields 101 and Brownfields 201 courses, and more!


Brownfields University provides valuable hands-on learning and engagement for emerging brownfield practitioners and seasoned professionals alike. Attendees will be better prepared to select educational sessions to attend, and better prepared to engage presenters and exhibitors with freshly informed understanding of subjects covered throughout the conference.


Brownfields University does not require an additional fee, but pre-registration is required.

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Mobile Workshops - Seats Still Open!


The Brownfields Conference offers several exciting opportunities to view local redevelopment sites through featured mobile workshops. Don’t miss your chance to explore Detroit with your Brownfields colleagues!


Mobile Workshops include a trip to Flint, Michigan to tour the Chevy Commons and Buick City brownfield redevelopment sites, a tour of the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, and exploring the new and upcoming unique park spaces created from former brownfields on Detroit's riverfront.

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Register for Brownfields 2023!


Have you saved the date for Brownfields 2023? Because you won’t want to miss the largest gathering focused on brownfields cleanup and redevelopment landing in Detroit from August 8-11, 2023.


Mobile Workshops, Brownfields University courses are filling up fast - don't miss your chance to experience all Detroit has to offer!

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Historic Brownfields Funding Announced


Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $315 million from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda to expedite the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites across the country while advancing environmental justice.


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EPA selected 262 communities to receive 267 grants totaling more than $215 million in competitive EPA Brownfields funding through the Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (MARC) Grant programs. Thanks to the historic boost from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this is the largest ever funding awarded in the history of the EPA’s Brownfields MARC Grant programs.

Environmental Justice Caucus


Sign up now for the 2023 Environmental Justice Caucus! The EJ Caucus is a locally driven event where people and organizations involved in Environmental Justice convene, share ideas, build relationships, and communicate directly with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


This year’s Environmental Justice Caucus for Brownfields 2023 in Detroit, Michigan is being held:


Monday, August 7, 2023, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Huntington Place, Portside Ballroom, Room 260

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CCLR's National Leadership Breakfast:

Food, Networking, Learning, and Peer Recognition 


Join The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR) at its National Leadership Breakfast on August 10th at 7am at Huntington Place and start your Brownfields 2023 day on a high note!


Speakers for our Hot Topics in Land Reuse will feature EPA Land Revitalization Coordinator, Aimee Storm, Smart Growth America/ National Brownfields Coalition’s Katharine Burgess, and Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Amy Hovey, who will discuss the Residential Tax Increment Financing Tool and its applicability to housing programs nationwide.


Register by July 31st to reserve your spot!


View the full agenda to explore the full lineup of sessions, speakers, and Awardees and take a few minutes to nominate industry leaders for Lifetime Achievement awards by July 7th. 


EXTRA! Join us at the KSU/CCLR Social with Brownfield Karaoke on Wednesday at Wednesday, August 9th from 7pm-9pm at the Tin Roof. 

Economic Recovery Corps Host Community Application Open


Are you looking for technical expertise to focus on your community’s brownfields or other redevelopment challenges? If so, consider applying to host one of 65 fellows that will soon be deployed to communities around the United States.


ICMA is a partner in a new program to help communities with innovations in economic development. Earlier this year, the International Economic Development Association (IEDC) was awarded a cooperative agreement to place skilled economic development professionals in distressed communities and regions through the Economic Recovery Corps (ERC) fellowship program. Through this program at least 65 fellows will be placed in economic development organizations across the country. Fellows will serve two-and-a-half years at their host entity.


Applications are due June 30th, 2023. Click here to learn more!

Sponsoring and Exhibiting at Brownfields 2023


Interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at Brownfields 2023? Let us know by filling out our interest form and a member of the Brownfields 2023 team will be in touch.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Interest Form

We look forward to seeing you in Detroit!

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