SFCC Co-hosts Free Brownfields Community Revitalization Workshop, Aug. 9

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SANTA FE, NM – Santa Fe Community College will co-host a free Brownfields Workshop on Tues. Aug. 9, in cooperation with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), EPA Region 6 and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University.

The Environmental Protection Agency defines Brownfields properties as those that have the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. Communities often struggle with how to develop, expand, or reuse a property that might be contaminated, such as a former gas station, junkyard or abandoned building. The Brownfields Program administered by the New Mexico Environment Department addresses those concerns and provides funding options. “This workshop will give participants the information about the Brownfields resources available to revitalize properties that have legacy environmental issues and to create jobs for their communities,” SFCC Coordinator of the Brownfields Workshop Janet Kerley said.

The workshop is targeted for real estate, legal, and banking professionals, as well as contractors and developers, local and regional government officials, and not-for-profit economic and community development organizations.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 9 in the Jemez Rooms at SFCC. The workshop and lunch are free, but participants must pre-register by Aug. 3 online at www.ksutab.org/education/workshops. For registration assistance contact Sheree Walsh, chsr@ksu.eduor call 785-532-6519. For more information on NMED’s Brownfields Program visit www.env.nm.gov/gwb/RemediationOversight/Brownfields.

The workshop is supported by the Santa Fe Community College Foundation, as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Santa Fe Community College Foundation supports the mission of SFCC to empower students and strengthen community through advocacy and fundraising.

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