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State and Federal Data in the RE-Powering Mapper 3.0

Sponsored by: U.S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)

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Aug 8, 2022

RE-Powering America's Land Initiative invites federal and state colleagues to join us for a special webinar demonstration of the updated EPA RE-Powering Mapper. You will learn why your data is important to putting idle and underutilized land back to productive reuse. The mapper demonstration will show you how to identify contaminated lands that might be suitable for renewable energy development in your state. Many states collaborated with RE-Powering America's Land Initiative to provide state level data and assisted in updating the RE-Powering Mapper. RE-Powering would like to extend a thank you to these states and their representatives! EPA's RE-Powering Mapper is an interactive web application, allows users to identify contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites for renewable energy development. Using renewable energy criteria developed in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), EPA has pre-screened over 190,000 sites for their renewable energy potential. As part of this effort, EPA collaborated with state agencies from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Site screening was performed in August 2021.

This webinar is open to the public.

A photograph of Lora StrineLora Strine, U.S. EPA (strine.lora@epa.gov or 202-564-1521)
Lora Strine is team leader for EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative. She has twenty years of experience in the energy and environment field. Ms. Strine coordinates the promotion and development of resources to help communities redevelop contaminated land with renewable energy. She is passionate about sharing best practices with local and state governments to understand what makes a successful Brightfields Initiative. She invites you to visit the RE-Powering website at https://www.epa.gov/re-powering.


A photograph of Kelsey BlongewiczKelsey Blongewicz, EPA ORISE Fellow (Blongewicz.Kelsey@epa.gov or 202-566-1810)
Kelsey Blongewicz is an ORISE Research Fellow with EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management. She has over a decade of experience working in various aspects of the environmental field. As a member of the RE-Powering team, Kelsey helps narrow the universe of sites to match unique needs and situations and supported the recent Mapper update. She holds a BS in Geology from Denison University and an MS in Geospatial Data Analysis and Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan.


A photograph of Rebecca KentRebecca Kent, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) (Rebecca.Kent@gdit.com or 406-443-2407)
Rebecca Kent is an environmental analyst with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). Rebecca has provided support to EPA since 1999. Rebecca has worked on several GIS projects for EPA's RE-Powering America’s Mapper 3.0 and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Mine Map Inventory System. She has also provided geological, geographical and spatial data to USGS in support of its research of the Appalachian Basin. Rebecca has supported the RE-Powering Initiative since its inception on various mapping, data collection, and technical documents. She holds a BS in Geology from Virginia Tech.


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A photograph of Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (balent.jean@epa.gov 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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 August 8, 2022: State and Federal Data in the RE-Powering Mapper 3.0

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