Brownfields 2019 - First Timers Information Session
Recorded On: 11/21/2019
Brownfields 2019 in Los Angeles, December 11-13 (www.brownfields2019.org) will be the 18th event since the conference was launched in 1996. As the largest conference in the nation on land reuse and economic redevelopment, Brownfields 2019 will offer education, training, networking, and a solutions oriented exhibit hall for the 2000 attendees coming to the city of Angels. We offer this session for first time attendees who want to get a better understanding of what to expect at the conference and some ideas for navigating the many sessions, events, and other experiences. Join us as long time attendees and the conference organizers offer you helpful hints and suggestions and respond to your questions.
Director, Research and Technical Assistance
Tad McGalliard oversees ICMA's research and content activities as well as business development and strategic partnerships.
Deputy Director, EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
Patricia Overmeyer is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR). Ms. Overmeyer has worked in U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Program since January of 2002 and has been instrumental in developing the program’s core policies and priorities since its inception. Previously, Ms. Overmeyer served as OBLR’s Team Leader for the Brownfields Policy, Research and Outreach Team, which coordinates brownfields and land revitalization research, partnerships, policy development, and communications. Ms. Overmeyer coordinates EPA’s biannual National Brownfields Training Conference.
Ms. Overmeyer is responsible for overseeing the implementation of EPA’s regulations governing required standards and practices for conducting environmental site assessments or “All Appropriate Inquiries,” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). She coordinated the development of the regulation that establishes standards and practices for conducting all appropriate inquiries and served as EPA’s Designated Federal Official for the Agency’s Federal Advisory Committee that was tasked with developing the proposed regulation on all appropriate inquiries. Prior to her tenure with OBLR, Ms. Overmeyer worked in U.S. EPA’s Hazardous Waste Identification Division where she was responsible for the development of regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Ms. Overmeyer earned her M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and has a B.A. in economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
CEO, Sustainable Strategies DC
Matt Ward is the CEO of Sustainable Strategies DC, a firm that helps communities secure resources for revitalization and tools for success in the green economy. Matt is also a practicing environmental attorney focused on brownfields revitalization. Matt has participated in the National Brownfields Program and the National Brownfields Conference since 1996, and helped found the National Brownfields Coalition and the Brownfield Communities Network.