Education & Training

2010 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference:
Promoting Partnerships Across the Commonwealth

When: September 28-29, 2010
Location: the Holiday Inn, Center City, Allentown, PA

This year, the sixth annual Brownfields Conference will take place in the Lehigh Valley, where attendees will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the results of regional cooperation. A guided tour of the former Bethlehem Steel site (the largest privately owned brownfields in the nation), another round of "Extreme Makeover - Brownfields Edition," and an outstanding program with industry experts promise to make this year's conference the best yet!

Sponsored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

For more information and to register, call (717) 763-0930, or email


Green Jobs on Brownfields

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $200,000 each in brownfields grants to the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the Heritage Community Initiatives, a nonprofit in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

HACC plans to train 51 students, place 43 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for one year. Trainees will receive certifications in 40-hour HAZWOPER, confined space entrant/attendant and supervisor, lead-based paint inspector, and asbestos inspector. Additional training in environmental site assessment, air and water quality, and environmental remediation techniques will be offered.

Heritage will use the grant to train 38 students, place 32 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for one year. The training program will consist of two, 10-week, 300-hour training cycles. Graduates will receive certifications in 40-hour HAZWOPER, construction safety, and asbestos removal. Other courses will include deconstruction, urban eco-restoration, and green building design.

For additional information, contact Beth Totman, (212) 637-3662.