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Open Doors for Properties with a Past

November 7, 2023

Open New Doors for Properties with a Past with Brownfields Remediation


The 2023 West Virginia Brownfields and Main Street Conference hosted by EPA Region 3 Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) providers West Virginia University and Marshall University highlighted redevelopment projects in Wheeling, where EPA Brownfield Grant money has helped the community reimagine their downtown area. Wheeling is a city rooted in industry and was a center for glass-making in the 19th and 20th centuries. The conference reception in the “Glass Museum” displays examples of locally manufactured glass and provides the history and significance of the pieces.

The EPA’s grant writing workshop helped participants interested in applying for EPA Brownfields grants in the current FY24 cycle. The new grant recipient meeting, a requirement for all new grantees, brought together EPA Region 3 administrators, TAB providers, and grant recipients to encourage exchanging ideas and support for those navigating the complex programmatic requirements.

Mobile workshops offered opportunities for conference participants to experience first-hand the successes and challenges associated with brownfield properties. One mobile workshop included a downtown Wheeling tour highlighting the historic structures being repurposed thanks to Brownfields grants and historic tax credits. The Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle hosted a workshop consisting of a tour of three brownfield sites in nearby communities along the Ohio River and a discussion of the challenges associated with historic preservation and redevelopment.

SCS Engineers’ Candy Elliott, PG, presented Environmental Justice and Public Health, and Dave Palmerton, PG, presented Brownfields into Renewable Energy Hubs.

The final “add-on” to the conference was the traditional Women in Brownfields breakfast. A panel of three accomplished women who live and work in Wheeling participated in a conversation about their experiences with brownfield properties and historic redevelopment. All three women either have renovated or are in the process of renovating historic structures in downtown Wheeling. While each woman had a unique background and association with the City of Wheeling, they shared the goal of creating a thriving community by redeveloping brownfields.

It is challenging to restore properties with a past, but you can do it on time and budget if you plan ahead to address contaminated historic fill. Follow these tips and use the brownfield redevelopment checklist to keep your next redevelopment on track.



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Posted by Diane Samuels at 9:06 am

EPA Help Accessing Climate and Environmental Justice Resources

November 2, 2023

Help with EPA Resources
Navigating EPA’s Climate and Environmental Justice resources and grant programs.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the launch of the Community, Equity & Resiliency initiative to help communities navigate funding opportunities. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights are facilitating community-driven partnerships and providing a place for communities to learn, network, and cultivate ideas on how to access the resources, especially in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

Climate and Environmental Justice Resources

EPA will host live virtual and in-person events, including panel discussions and fireside chats featuring environmental leaders and their peers, to help community-based organizations, community partners, and potential grant applicants navigate funding opportunities. These engagements are designed to spark ideas on taking advantage of Investing in America programs while considering each community’s unique context when confronting the climate crisis and advancing environmental and climate justice.


EPA’s new Community, Equity & Resiliency website offers information on multiple funding opportunities and resources to ensure community-driven partnerships can inspire meaningful change in their communities.

To learn more about the effort, visit EPA’s new Community, Equity & Resiliency webpage.

Virtual Open House, November 6-14 

On Monday, November 6, 2023, EPA will kick off the Community, Equity & Resiliency initiative with a National Virtual Open House that is open to the public. This six-day event will include a series of virtual panels and fireside chats featuring prominent environmental leaders and peers discussing their ideas to overcome environmental pollution and climate change challenges through funding opportunities that are now available. Panel and fireside chat topics will include climate change in rural communities, green jobs, electric vehicle infrastructure, technical assistance, and more.

Register for the National Virtual Open House

Regional Roadshows

Starting this winter, EPA will host in-person, community-based Regional Roadshow events. These will provide opportunities for community leaders to develop or leverage existing community-based partnerships and dream and cultivate ideas on the Inflation Reduction Act and other new Investing in America programs. More details on the Regional Roadshow will be available soon.


We’ll keep you posted, and as always, we’re here to help your community meet its social, economic, and environmental goals – sustainably. Find us at





Posted by Diane Samuels at 4:00 pm