From Due Dilgence to Redevelopment: Announcing Brownfields Webinar Series in June

In Case You Missed It!

The Maryland Department of Planning is pleased to announce its three-part Brownfields Webinar Series to be held this June. We will be holding three informative webinars throughout the month. Maryland’s brownfields provide a unique opportunity for communities to meet economic development goals, environmental protection and sustainability goals, and help achieve local comprehensive plan visions and objectives.

Maryland’s brownfields can also be assets for revitalization, reinvestment, and redevelopment. This webinar series will provide opportunities to learn the essential environmental and statutory requirements for brownfield property transactions from regulatory, legal, and consultant experts as well as assistance and know-how for redeveloping brownfields from federal, state, and real estate development specialists. See below for more information and links to register.

Attendance at each webinar is eligible for AICP CM.

Environmental Due Diligence: Be Prepared

June 15 at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – 1 AICP CM approved

Experts in federal and state environmental due diligence requirements will break down what you need to know about federal and Maryland-specific brownfield requirements. Legal perspective will be provided to ensure the appropriate steps are taken to earn landowner liability protections.


M. Trent Zivkovich
Partner/Environmental Attorney
Whiteford, Taylor, Preston

Jeffrey Harp
Project Manager, Land and Materials Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment

Gary White
Operations Construction Manager

The New ASTM Phase I Standard: The Nuts & Bolts

June 16 at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – 1.5 AICP CM approved

The Phase I ESA is an essential document for brownfield property transactions and/or for learning about a property’s environmental history and status. Experts in the ASTM Phase I ESA standard will provide a foundation about the statutory background. The presentation will focus on the recently published ASTM E1527-21 Phase I standard and what clarifications and distinctions are different now from the former 2013 standard. These important insights are vital for those involved with commercial property acquisitions and brownfield development.


Chemmie Sokolic, Principal
Falcon Real Estate Group

Denise A. Sullivan, Principal
Urban Green Environmental,LLC


Sue Boyle, Senior Consultant
GEI Consultants
Executive Director: BCONE, LSRPA, NYCBP

Revitalization and Redevelopment: Advancing Local Projects Through Tools and Programs

June 22 at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. – 1 AICP CM approved

The final step in brownfield revitalization is frequently redevelopment. Learn from U.S. HUD staff and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development staff about how to leverage assistance opportunities including the federal Section 8 program and the state’s Strategic Demolition Fund. These initiatives can help finance and advance your brownfield redevelopment projects. A developer will also present a brownfield redevelopment case study.


Seema M. Thomas
Deputy Director, Financial Management Division
U.S. Housing and Urban Development

Erik Pechuekonis
Community Planning and Development Specialist
U.S. Housing and Urban Development

Olivia Ceccarelli-McGonigal
Assistant Director, State Revitalization Programs
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Nicholas Mayr
Program Officer, Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Scott Slosson
Chief Operating Officer
28 Walker Development

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