We are pleased to announce the 2015 PA Brownfields Conference,
May 13-15, 2015 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA.
The conference is a collaborative presentation by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP), a partnership that was formed to develop a single brownfields conference for the Commonwealth that consolidates our collective experience, expertise, and resources.
Erie, PA, which has numerous brownfield success stories and opportunities to showcase, has been selected as the host city for the 2015 conference. We hope that you will join us for what promises to be a very worthwhile event!
The 2015 technical program is being finalized. Below are the Mobile Workshop descriptions available on Wednesday, May 13 at no additional charge for attendees. Registration is now open at link below!!
Mobile Workshop descriptions
Mobile Workshop 1 - Bus Tour of Erie Projects, Wednesday, May 13, 3:00pm
Mobile Workshop 2 - Walking Tour of Presque Isle Bayfront Porjects, Wednesday, May 13, 4:00pm
Bus Tour of Erie Projects
The City of Erie, like many in Pennsylvania, has a long and rich industrial past. Join us for a tour that will visit a variety of Erie sites that can provide a glimpse of what can happen when communities, developers, and government partners work together to redevelop properties. The projects are varied, but no less impactful and important to the community. The first stop will be at a former paper mill on the shores of Lake Erie that is now the home of HERO BX, a bio-diesel plant. HERO BX representatives will provide an overview of their process and explain how they are powering the future.
Then, we will continue on to a former iron foundry in the heart of Erie’s manufacturing corridor turned high school athletic complex. EMI/Gunite Plant made iron castings for various products including brake and wheel castings for automotive use from the late 1880s until it closed in 2001. Cathedral Prep bought 11 acres in 2007 and began the Act 2 process. Now, it is home to a modern athletic and events center. Construction is currently underway for a gymnasium and aquatic center. Cathedral Prep will provide a tour of the facility.
Finally, we’ll visit a former Hazardous Sites Clean-up Act (HSCA) site in Erie’s industrial corridor. Adding public funds to responsible party resources, the Greater Erie Industrial Development Corp. (GEIDC), an affiliate of DevelopErie, found a creative way to get the deal done. Once an overgrown, polluted lot, it is now a safe, stable and usable truck parking lot for a top transportation business, Team Hardinger. Representatives from GEIDC will explain the technical and administrative hurdles they had to overcome and Team Hardinger representatives will explain how this project has impacted their business.
Bus transportation departs the Bayfront Sheraton Hotel at 3 p.m. and will return guests to the opening night reception at the hotel at 5:20 p.m.
Walking Tour of Presque Isle Bayfront Projects
The City of Erie’s Presque Isle bayfront has a played an integral role in the city’s history as a strategic base during the War of 1812, as a commercial fishery, as an industrial port, and now as an ecological and recreational asset and tourist destination. Join us for a walk along the bayfront to discuss this area’s transformation over the last 20 years including the Presque Isle Bay recovery. Stops will include the Erie Maritime Museum, Blasco Memorial Library and former GPU Front Street site, a Phoenix Award winner, among others.
The tour departs the Bayfront Sheraton Hotel at 4 p.m. and will return guests to the opening night reception at the hotel at 5:20 p.m. Dress for the weather.
For a look at last year's program, go here.
Questions, please contact Cori Weber by e-mail or by phone: 412-261-0710, ext 11.