CASE Consultants InternationalNOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (aka North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS)), and the American Planning Association (APA) are pleased to present a continuing education symposium featuring top experts in the field of brownfields. Topics include city planning, brownfields financing, and climate mitigation and adaptation via brownfields reuse.

Climate Wise Brownfields allows professionals to earn up to five continuing education credits (5 CM) while enjoying a day of networking with industry peers and subject matter experts in Asheville, North Carolina.

The symposium benefits

  • Professional Planners
  • Stormwater Managers
  • Economic Developers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Realtors
  • Property Assessors and other practitioners.

The symposium is held at The Collider in Asheville’s city center.

Cost is $135.  Register here


Symposium Learning Objectives:  

Conference Objectives – Participants will:

  • Gain an overview of the newly published EPA manual Climate Smart Brownfields Manual, printed January 2017.   
  • Learn how to use brownfields to improve climate resilience.
  • Be exposed to conceptual and practical approaches to the reuse of brownfields to enhance their communities’ quality of life and economic vitality.
  • Understand the available financing and liability protection resources that can be utilized to facilitate sustainable development with brownfields reuse.
  • See case studies of successful approaches in the southeast and how they relate to future planning and implementation in other communities.

Highlighted Presentations

Climate Smart Brownfields Anne E. Keller, PhD., CASE Consultants International, previously with U.S. EPA (EPA) remarks on the seminal EPA manual Climate Smart Brownfields published early 2017, “an excellent resource for communities . . . it provides guidance on best practices for climate change mitigation, adaption, and resilience at all stages of brownfields work, from planning to redevelopment”.

Speaker: Derek Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)   Deke Arndt has served as the Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center since 2009. The Branch is responsible for analysis and reporting of the status of the Earth’s climate system, from large global phenomena like global temperature (“global warming”), to regional occurrences like drought and weather extremes. Mr. Arndt was one of the lead editors for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions of The State of the Climate, an annual supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, featuring input and analysis from 400+ authors in nearly 50 countries. Before coming to NCDC, he spent 15 years at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Mr. Arndt holds a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a student in the University of Oklahoma’s Adult & Higher Education Ph.D. program.

Brownfields and Greenspace  Camilla Warren, EPA Atlanta Regional Office As a brownfields project manager for nearly 15 years, Ms. Warren supported grantees throughout the Southeast. She will several key projects along the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights Trail, a brownfields to stormwater project in Montgomery, and a stream and community restoration project in Atlanta.

Revitalizing Columbia, SC  Fred Delk, Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation of Columbia, SC Mr. Delk has led the rebirth of Columbia’s downtown through innovative uses of brownfields. He will describe how the City’s focus on Congaree Vista and South Columbia have impacted the neighborhoods, businesses and the sense of place in the area.


Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) – A Climate Adaptation and Economic Revival
 Stephanie Monson Dahl, Strategic Development Office Director, City of Asheville Describes a case study of the past seven years leading the RAD renaissance.  The River Arts District has been transformed from a post-industrial area with numerous rundown or abandoned buildings, brownfields and ignored riverfront through the collaboration among the City, artists and developers. It is now a tourist hub and the center of continued enhancement. This session will include the opportunity to review project maps.


Climate Benefits of the Atlanta Beltline  Lee Harrop, Program Director of the Atlanta Beltline Describes a $4.8B sustainable redevelopment project that will ultimately connect 45 neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, modern streetcar, and parks – all based on railroad corridors that formerly encircled Atlanta. This session will include the opportunity to re
view and discuss project maps.

Brownfields Financing Approaches  Wayne Leftwich, former Community Planner for Greenville, South Carolina, now Senior Planner for Roanoke, Virginia Remarks about work on a transportation, housing and community revitalization project based on a HUD and DOT TIGER grant in Greenville, and his current projects going on in Roanoke, followed by a roundtable discussion and question session with other speakers about financing, liability and overcoming related hurdles in brownfields projects