Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 25, 2013
Three Atlanta universities, Georgia State University, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, will co-sponsor in May the 2013 National Brownfields Conference of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, addressing the remediation, redevelopment and reuse of brownfields.
Brownfields are properties that have been abandoned, some with environmental contamination and some for economic purposes. Redevelopment and remediation of these sites are major tasks cities face across the nation.
The conference will be held May 15-17 at the Georgia World Conference Center. Information about the program, registration and fees is available online at http://www.brownfieldsconference.org.
The conference fees are $50 for students, $125 for community groups and non-profits, $200 for state, federal and government, and $300 for private sector individuals. Scholarships are available for students and non-profit organizations.
The National Brownfields Conference, co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the International City/County Management Association, is the largest training and networking event in the nation focusing on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.
The conference will bring together stakeholders in government, business, nonprofits and academia who promote positive change in their community. Now in its 15th year, the event attracts thousands of attendees for two and a half days of educational sessions, training workshops, volunteer activities, mobile workshops, film screenings and more.
“At Georgia State we are proud to join our colleagues from Emory and Georgia Tech in providing our perspectives on these issues that are so important to the people of Atlanta and other cities around the world,” said Daniel Deocampo, associate professor of geosciences.
As an urban research university, Georgia State works to help address problems of cities. Hundreds of sites across Atlanta are termed brownfields, but redevelopment is possible, as shown by Atlanta’s Atlantic Station development.
“Tackling the problems of brownfields takes an ‘all hands on deck’ approach,” Deocampo said. “Community residents, grassroots organizations and local leaders need to work hand in hand with local, state, and federal governments. At GSU we have academic expertise ranging from urban policy studies to water quality and human health, to environmental contamination, so we are uniquely positioned to partner with the various stakeholders.”
For more about geosciences at Georgia State, visit http://geosciences.gsu.edu.