Randy Brandt, P.G. (California) presented "The Intersection of Climate Change and Brownfield Redevelopment" at the Center for Creative Land Recycling's (CCLR) Resources for Sustainable Redevelopment and Land Recycling workshop at the Shell Clubhouse in Martinez, California on June 18, 2019.
Randy's co-presenters were Nova Blazej, EPA Region 9; Sara Bellafronte, City of Pittsburg, Pittsburg Future Build; and Mark Shorett, Bay Area Metro.
Randy is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 30 years of management and technical experience with environmental and hazardous waste issues. He has focused on development and implementation of environmental restoration programs for blighted hazardous waste sites ranging in size from gasoline service stations to closed military bases.
This workshop provided attendees with the tools and insights needed to advance land reuse projects at all stages of the redevelopment process. Starting with an overview of economic development and housing opportunities and challenges, the workshop highlighted tools available to California communities, and touched on all aspects of the economics of the redevelopment of vacant and under-utilized land.
CCLR is the leading U.S. nonprofit dedicated to transforming communities through land recycling. This means converting abandoned or vacant commercial and industrial properties to assets that benefit the community, create jobs, and generate new tax revenues. They facilitate transformations by educating and convening communities, government agencies, and the private sector to create optimal conditions for reinvestment. Over the past 20 years, CCLR has assisted in bringing millions of dollars in grants to places across the U.S. and trained nearly 10,000 community-oriented specialists through its professional workshops.
The presentation focused on identifying climate change factors and related impacts that could affect the redevelopment of brownfield properties. Randy gave a short summary of regulatory developments regarding climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area, presented a case study for closing waste management units on the shore of the San Francisco Bay, and provided information on opportunities for practitioners to become involved with the climate change discussion in the Bay area.
Learn more about the event: https://www.cclr.org/sites/default/files/EXT%20Contra%20Costa%20Waterfront-%20draft%20agenda%205-23-19.pdf
Learn more about CCLR: https://www.cclr.org/
Learn more about Randy: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/randy-brandt