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Minnesota Brownfields 2016-2017 Impact Statement

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Impact Statement
2016-17
Pier B (Duluth) - ReScape Award Winner
Minnesota Brownfields is the leading nonprofit in Minnesota supporting reuse of  contaminated land to generate economic growth, strengthen communities and enable sustainable land use and development. We educate the public and private sectors, local governments and citizens to promote best redevelopment practices and policies for successful community reinvestment throughout Minnesota.  
Education
How does brownfield cleanup and reuse benefit communities? We measure the ways in annual reporting.
Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment
Environmental Benefits
Community Benefits
Economic
Benefits
Redevelopment sites and projects are affected by constant regulatory and policy changes. Throughout 2016-17, we engaged experts across disciplines to support up-to-date education, evaluate policy effectiveness and share and promote best practices. Here are a few key topics:
Solar Energy Production on Infill Sites
Optimizing Stormwater Management  
Vapor Intrusion – Effective Mitigation and Risk Management
Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit
State of Brownfields (Legislative, Regulatory and Funding Changes) 
Policy       
Greater Minnesota

From Main Street revitalization to improving vacant or blighted properties, to the need for due diligence, communities outside of the Twin Cities metro area seek financing and technical strategies to make community visions a reality.    Through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agendy, we are a Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) provider, offering free training customized to community needs throughout Minnesota.  
In 2016-17 we hosted workshops in Mankato and St. Cloud and gave presentations around the state. 
Without public funding for brownfield cleanup and reuse, redevelopment projects with contamination  often stall or end. Grants and loans are critical to project success, but that funding is often vulnerable. We monitor and track funding for site cleanup and redevelopment at the federal, state, regional and local levels.

We educated the Minnesota Legislature on the Redevelopment Grant Program offered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. We also educated Minnesota's Congressional delegation on the importance of the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Grant Programs.      We continued working with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on modifications to the Minnesota Environmental Response and Liability Act (MERLA) to provide liability protection for reuse of regulated fill soils.     
 

Does your community need assistance? Call us! 
Partnerships
Research
With the Minnesota Department of Health, we created and launched an interactive Brownfield Health Indicator Tool to assist communities with redevelopment planning.  This tool is available for free and has been already used by the City of Duluth in two neighborhood plans. Questions about the tool, or would you like a demo? Contact us to learn more.  

700 Central  
Catholic Charities Higher Ground    Chaska Firemen’s Park Redevelopment Millworks Lofts Oxbo West 7th Street Mixed Use Project  Plymouth Building – Embassy Suites Saints Business Center  Towerside District Stormwater System U of MN Combined Heat and Power Plant  Hutchinson Solar Landfill PV  Northern Stacks - Buildings II & III
Each fall we celebrate innovative brownfield redevelopment projects across the state in four project categories, and give an individual award to a redevelopment leader in the name of the late Maclay Hyde, a pioneering environmental attorney and brownfield developer.  
Be The Match 
New Brighton Exchange New Horizon  BAE Technology Center Downtown East Highlight Center  A-Mill Artist Lofts Pier B  The Rose Columbia Heights Library  
2017 Finalists
South Lake Shore Bemidji Restoration
Mac Hyde Award Winners    Gil Gabanski Jerry Stahnke  
Since 2013, Minnesota Brownfields has co-managed the Brownfield Gap Financing Program in Hennepin County, which provides environmental assessment gap funding to nonprofit developers. In 2016-17, 43 projects received $348,170, including Hawthorne Eco Village, pictured at left. We teamed up with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on an Assessment Grant proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. $300,000 in funding will be targeted to environmental justice communities throughout the Twin Cities metro area. 
2016 Finalists
Your Support Makes a Difference 
The McKnight Foundation Regions & Communities Program COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Ackerberg Group AMEC Foster Wheeler American Engineering Testing Barr Engineering Bay West Braun Intertec City of Duluth City of Mankato City of Minneapolis City of St Paul Dakota County Community Development Agency Dakota County Water Resources Department Duluth Seaway Port Authority Economic Development Association of Minnesota Environmental Initiative Fredrikson & Byron GHD Services Gray Plant Mooty Home Safety Solutions Howard R. Green Company Hyde Development, LLC Impact7G Landmark Environmental M.A. Mortenson Metropolitan Council Minnesota Department of Commerce MN Department of Employment & Economic Development Minnesota Department of Health Minnesota Department of Transportation Minnesota Pollution Control Agency  Nova Consulting
Financial support from members and other donors is what enables Minnesota Brownfields to offer vibrant programming and to drive policy solutions. If you value our work, we need your support.  Become a member today! Thank you to our 2016-17 members and supporters. 

NTS   The Opus Group Pace Analytical Parkway Law LLC Pinnacle Engineering
Ramsey County SEH Inc. St. Paul Port Authority Stantec Stinson Leonard Street Stoel Rives LLP Tankenoff Family Foundation Terracon Consultants, Inc
The Javelin Group  Vieau Associates Inc.
Waste Management Wenck WSB & Associates
Xcel Energy   INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS   Rowdy Bindert Jonathon Blaha Natalie Brown Christine Carlson Jon Carlson Steve Carlson Tim Colgan Thomas Patrick Cummings Janet Dalgleish   Deb DeLuca


Leadership & Staff
Board of Directors Deborah DeLuca
Eric Hesse Steve Heurung
Margaret Knowlton
Marcus Martin Sara Peterson Mary Sands Heidi Timm-Bijold Meredith Udoibok     
Staff Martha Faust Executive Director Hava Blair Program Manager  
  Joe Mahowald Program Associate Angela Tangen Development Director 
James DeLuca Robert Devolve Nicholas Dufficy
Martha Faust  Ted Feit Jennifer Force Steve Heurung Hilary Holmes Kenny Horns George Johnson Julie Kadrie Jackie Knight Margaret Knowlton
Rick Kubler Alyssa Leary
Richard Manser Marcus Martin Robert Marxen Jeri Massengill Sara Peterson Piero Protti Mary Sands Dan Schleck Betsy Schmiesing Shanna Schmitt Doug Shaftel Allen Sunderman Angela Tangen Charles Tiller Heidi Timm-Bijold Eric Tollesfrud Sherry Van Duyn Charlie Vander Aarde Dean Weaver Man Zhang


Financial Information
2017 990 Filing   
www.mnbrownfields.org
Connect With Us
Advisory Committee  Chris Anderson Cecile Bedor Kevin Carroll Keary Cragan Rob Devolve Jim DeLuca Mary Finch Jennifer Force Donovan Hannu Steve Jansen Kristin Lukes Gary Krueger Rick Kubler Ava Langston-Kenney David Liverseed Cathy Mehelich Kristina Smitten Cathy Undem Charlie Vander Aarde Cathy Villas Horns