Upcoming Events and Trainings


LDEQ Hosted Upcoming Events

Event: 2024 Louisiana Brownfields Conference 

Date: June 5-6, 2024

Time: 8:30am (To view the full agenda with conference start and end times for each day, click HERE)

Location:  Docville Farm - 5124 E Street, E St. Bernard Highway, Violet, LA 70092  


Join LDEQ’s Brownfields Program and local hosts St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and the Regional Planning Commission for the 2024 Louisiana Brownfields Conference: Navigating the Brownfields Maze - Roadmap to Redevelopment. This year's Conference will walk attendees through the Brownfields process from assessment to redevelopment and everything in between. View the draft agenda HERE!

A downloadable flyer with conference information can be accessed HERE.


Best Western Plus Chalmette

3400 Paris Rd., Chalmette, LA 70043



Holiday Inn Express & Suites

7905 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA 70043



Brownfield Partner Events

Event: Functional Fungi: Bioremediation Strategies for Brownfields 

Date: May 29, 2024

Time: 11am-12pm PT 

Location:  Online Webinar 

Join Center for Creative Land Recycling Revitalization Specialist Sebastian Harrison and mycoremediation expert Danielle Stevenson, PhD as they discuss innovative approaches to brownfield site clean-up, the crucial role fungi can play in healing our soils, and Danielle’s groundbreaking research undertaking phyto-mycoremediation studies in 3 brownfields across the LA area in this free online webinar! 

Event: Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference   

Date: October 9-11, 2024

Location:  Hyatt Regency, St. Louis, MO

Join the Center for Community Progress to learn about how to transform vacant properties in your communities into vibrant places. The RVP Conference uplifts innovative solutions that disrupt the cycle of vacancy to advance community revitilization. 

Event: PastForward National Preservation Conference 

Date: October 28-30, 2024

Location:  Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

PastForward 2024 will kick off a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the National Trust and the evolving practice of preservation in one of the country’s most historic cities. Joining them will be the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans celebrating its 50th anniversary, Main Street Louisiana marking its 40th anniversary, and the National Center for Preservation Trades and Technology founded 30 years ago. The PastFoward 2024 Conference will focus on three of our nation’s biggest challenges: Creating Climate Resilience Through Historic Preservation, Ensuring a Representative Preservation Movement, and Encouraging Historic Preservation-Based Community Development.

LDEQ Past Events & Recordings

Event: 2023 Louisiana Brownfields Conference 

Date: October 25-26, 2023

Location:  Convention Hall - 915 3rd Street, Alexandria, LA


Brownfield Basic Training: 

Brownfields 101: Rebecca Otte, LDEQ

LDEQ’s Environmental Process: Jennifer Schatzle, LDEQ

Local Intelligence: City of Alexandria’s Brownfield Program: Shirley Branham, Administrator of Community Development, City of Alexandria

Assessing the Situation: The Ins and Outs of Brownfield Inventories: Chad LaComb, Senior Economic Development Planner, Acadiana Planning Commission

LaMATS and Brownfields: Cliff Palmer, Executive Director, LaMATS

Developing a Strategy: Prioritizing Brownfield Projects: Scott Nightingale, KSU TAB

Revitalizing Main Street: All Hands on Deck to Attract Development to Your Community: Amanda Lanata, Louisiana Main Street, Dept. of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of the Lt. Governor

Local Main Street Perspective: Jill Leo, Director, Natchitoches Main Street

EPA Acronym Update: MARC Grants, EJ & TA: Michael Kennedy, Project Officer, USEPA Region 6 Brownfields Team

Navigating Brownfield Funding: What Brownfield Resource is Right for Your Community: Amy Yersavich & Scott Nightingale, KSU TAB

Pump Up Your Grant Proposal! Amy Yersavich & Scott Nightingale, KSU TAB

Funding Resources for Redevelopment: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Leslie Durham, Executive Director, LITACorp

Leveraging Brownfield Resources: Partnering for Success: Ashley Badesch, Sustainable Strategies / KSU TAB Partner

Setting up the Mess Hall: Resources for Food-Related Reuses:

EPA Smart Growth: Michael Kennedy, Project Officer, USEPA Region 6 Brownfields Team

USDA Wholesale Markets & Facility Design: Ron Batcher, AIA, Lead Architect, USDA

The Ins and Outs of Eligibility: Rebecca Otte, LDEQ Brownfield Coordinator

Adjudicated Properties: Tips and Tricks for Unlocking their Potential: Karen White, Executive Counsel, Louisiana Municipal Association


Event: 2022 Louisiana Brownfields Conference 

Date: October 5 & 6, 2022

Time:   9:30a: Check In & Networking

            10:00a – 5:00pm: Conference Sessions

Location:  Terrebonne Parish Library - North Branch, 4130 West Park Avenue, Gray, LA, 70359

Presentations:  under "Resources"

Does your community have abandoned buildings, old gas stations, junk yards or other potentially contaminated property that you would like to see redeveloped? Are you thinking about buying an abandoned property to help it reach its potential?  Are you hesitant to move forward due to concerns over environmental liability and possible cleanup expenses? Redeveloping abandoned, idled, or underutilized real property (a.k.a. a Brownfield site) is both a challenge and an opportunity. Join South Central Planning and Development Commission, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University and the Louisiana Brownfields Association for a FREE 2-day workshop October 5-6, 2022, to fill up your tool box with resources and information to put these sites back into productive use and help spur further economic and community revitalization.

Questions? Need additional information or have questions about this event? Contact:

                      Rebecca Otte, LDEQ Brownfields Coordinator:

                      Lesley Long, SCPDC Brownfields Coordinator:

Event: StoryMaps Webinar: Conveying your Brownfields Story

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Looking for an effective way to communicate your Brownfields Program to community groups, elected officials, and other Brownfields stakeholders? Join our dynamic panel discussion with three successful Brownfields Programs that have effectively employed StoryMaps to engage their community and promote their programs. Learn how this tool can help build momentum for your Brownfields Program and market your resources to developers and community organizations to facilitate the reuse of blighted properties.

Featured Panelists:

  • Savannah Richards, New Mexico Environmental Department – StoryMap
  • Madeline Dillner, Oklahoma Corporation Commission - StoryMap
  • Alicia Wiltz, Acadiana Planning Commission 

Event: 2021 RECAP Training Series: Webinar No.  1: Soil Sampling Best Practices 

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021


Join Keith Horn, Senior Environmental Scientist with LDEQ's Remediation Division, as he outlines soil sampling best practices for RECAP investigations including common soil sampling issues and RECAP requirements that apply to soil sampling events. Learn how to ensure your sampling events conform to DEQ’s regulations and properly characterize your site to facilitate future development. 

Event: 2021 RECAP Training Series: Webinar No. 2: Back to Basics

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021


Join Dr. June Sutherlin, Toxicologist, for this informative presentation on LDEQ's Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program (RECAP) where she'll lay the groundwork for RECAP-compliant investigations and reports with special attention to data analysis. Don't miss this opportunity to come up to speed on RECAP or sharpen your existing RECAP skills with this extended training! 

Event: 2021 RECAP Training Series: Webinar No. 3: Developing an Effective Sampling Plan

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021


LDEQ Environmental Senior Scientist Keith Horn will review how to effectively develop a sampling plan for a RECAP investigation. Join this interactive webinar to ensure your sampling event meets LDEQ requirements to reduce the cost and time it takes to resample a site.

Event: 2021 RECAP Training Series: Webinar No. 4: Common Mistakes, Misconceptions, & Compliance Issues

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021


Looking for ways to facilitate the review and approval of your RECAP submittals? Attend this webinar where Dr. June Sutherlin, Toxicologist, will review some of the common mistakes, misconceptions, and compliance issues with RECAP investigations and report submittals. Ensure your work plans and reports check all of LDEQ's boxes!  

 Event: 2021 RECAP Training Series: Webinar No.  5: The Ins and Outs of the VRP

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021


LDEQ's Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) is a useful tool to facilitate the cleanup of sites throughout Louisiana. Join Jennifer Schatzle, LDEQ's Brownfields and VRP Technical Liaison, for an overview of the VRP including:

  • How is the VRP different from a traditional investigation?
  • What sites would benefit from the VRP?
  • What are the advantages and considerations of enrolling a site into the VRP?
  • Who's eligible to apply?  


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 Brownfields Partner Events

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