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Free Brownfields Technical Assistance Available to Communities

Sponsored by: EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization

Archived: Monday, October 25, 2021
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Find out how to access FREE technical expertise in your next brownfield project! EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program funds several expert organizations so they can support your efforts to assess, cleanup and reuse brownfield sites in your community. Learn how these organizations can help you manage a brownfield redevelopment project, incorporate equitable development and environmental justice principles, and support brownfields job training and education.

This webinar will feature speakers from:

  • Equitable Development in Brownfields Planning provider (Groundwork USA) for nationwide support

  • Brownfields Redevelopment Training & Education provider (Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute at Eastern Iowa Community College) for nationwide support

  • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) Program providers (Kansas State University and the Center for Creative Land Recycling) for EPA Regions 5-10 and tribes
    • This includes communities in AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and tribes in these areas

Visit EPA's Brownfields Technical Assistance, Training and Research webpage for more details on these providers.

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Jalisa Gilmore, Manager of Equity and Resilience Programs, Groundwork USA (GWUSA) (
Jalisa Gilmore joined Groundwork USA as the Manager of Equity and Resilience Programs in June 2021. She brings knowledge of public health, climate mitigation, community-based participatory research, and environmental justice to GWUSA's Brownfield Technical Assistance team. Her skills include; strategies for developing equitable and resilient community-led solutions, using spatial data and maps for decision-making, and group facilitation to support project development and collaboration. Jalisa is also interested in using green spaces as a way to improve environmental health of communities and exploring the role of structural racism in producing health inequalities. Jalisa holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from SUNY Albany and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia University, specializing in the human health impacts of climate change.

Josh Webb, ATEEC/AVR Center Director, Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) at Eastern Iowa Community College (
In 2017, Josh joined Eastern Iowa Community Colleges as a Project Manager for the Advanced Technology and Environmental Education Center (ATEEC) to develop an integrated approach to education that would define and disseminate critical knowledge and skills required to support the environmental advanced technology industry. Josh was recently promoted to Director of ATEEC and as such, he was given the opportunity to join the HMTRI network. With a diverse background centered around technology, Josh is looking to create a new communication ecosystem that reshapes the way HMTRI offers technical assistance.

Blase Leven, TAB Program Coordinator, Kansas State University - Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) Program ( or 785-532-0780)
Blase Leven is the Director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Programs at Kansas State University. At KSU, he has performed and/or managed technical assistance activities since 1997, for communities working with brownfields, superfund and former defense sites. Mr. Leven's technical expertise is primarily in site re-use goal-setting and project planning, environmental assessments, and feasibility studies. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Geology, and is a Licensed Professional Geologist.

Claire Weston, Programs and Operations Manager, Center for Creative Land Recycling - Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) Program ( or 802-488-4690)
Claire manages major elements of CCLR's programming and education initiatives including workshop and webinar planning, public-private partnership development, and strategic initiatives. Claire also manages key aspects of CCLR's TAB cooperative agreement including writing quarterly reports; maintaining and reporting performance metrics; budget development; and preparing materials, stats, and success stories. Prior to joining CCLR, Claire was the Outreach Coordinator at the Community Science Institute (CSI) in Ithaca, NY. In this role, Claire managed CSI's public outreach initiatives, coordinated volunteer water monitoring programs, and most notably directed the development of Cayuga Lake's Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Program in its pilot year. Claire is most well versed in project management and multi-stakeholder event planning.


Elyse Salinas (née Sutkus), U.S. EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization ( or 202-564-2858)
Elyse Sutkus works in U.S. EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR). Her work helps communities pursue a range of land revitalization activities that support local efforts to sustainably reuse contaminated properties. In addition, Elyse administers OBLR's contracts, collaborates with the National Park Service, and leads OBLR's efforts to support equitable development and environmental justice approaches. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stonehill College and is pursuing her Master of Public Administration at American University in Washington, D.C.

A photograph of Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division ( or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

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