Economic Development Newsroom


City, EPA Jointly Host Brownfields Conference

Monday September 24, 2007

Developers, land owners and city leaders will learn the value of redeveloping properties and improving the environment at the Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio River Valley conference October 1-3, 2007 at the Brown Hotel.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Louisville Metro Government.

“We look forward to showcasing Louisville and all the redevelopment occurring in our city, from the Park Hill corridor to downtown,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “The conference is an opportunity for leaders of large cities and small towns to learn the best ways to redevelop brownfields and put them back to productive use.”

Topics at the conference include:

· Identifying the air and water quality, storm water management, ecological, and public health benefits associated with the sustainable redevelopment of cleanup sites;

· Balancing the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability at cleanup sites in urban, suburban, and small town/rural settings;

· Assessing the economics of sustainable development and identifying tools for implementation;

· And, evaluating the political and public perception barriers to sustainable development and exploring approaches to overcome those roadblocks.

“Sustainable development serves not only the environment, but the economy and community, as well,” said Alan Farmer, EPA Regional Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Division Director. “This conference will help facilitate partnerships and innovation that will produce lasting effects for sustainable redevelopment throughout the Ohio River Valley.”

The three-day conference is open to the public. For more information or to register, visit http://www.delta-institute.org/ohiovalleycon/ohiorivervalley.php