DEP Hosting Annual Statewide Brownfields Conference in Allegheny County

Oct 19, 2012, 14:11 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, invites stakeholders, community leaders and industry professionals to a statewide brownfields conference from Oct. 29 to 31, at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Allegheny County.

"This annual meeting is emblematic of Pennsylvania's commitment to being a leader in brownfield reclamation," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "I look forward to sharing ideas with industry leaders to ensure that Pennsylvania continues to innovate in this field."

Secretary Krancer will address the group as the keynote speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Previously, DEP and the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) held separate statewide conferences that appealed to the same audience, and this is the first year they have worked together on the conference. Organizers, using an advisory panel of industry experts to develop conference content, plan to hold the event in a different region of the state each year.  

The theme of this year's conference, "Marketplace Meets Brownfields," will highlight current redevelopment topics, including the popular Extreme Makeover competition; mobile workshops; a video showcase of success stories; and technical updates on market trends and treatment options.

There will be a tiered track of courses available to provide continuing education credits for economic development agency personnel, local government organizations, planners, real estate professionals and engineering professionals.

Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment or reuse are jeopardized due to the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. Pennsylvania's approach to brownfields redevelopment has proven to be a national model for transforming abandoned, idled properties into places of economic opportunity.

For more information and to register or display an exhibit, contact the conference manager at 412-261-0710, ext. 11 or

To learn more about brownfields redevelopment in Pennsylvania, visit and click on the "2012 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference" button, or call 717-783-1566.

Media contact: Amanda Witman, 717-787-1323

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection