The second Call for Ideas will close on March 8, 2021.

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The call for ideas for the 2021 National Brownfields Training Conference is now open!

We invite you to submit your ideas for dynamic educational sessions that encourage conversation and participation from your fellow attendees. A great Brownfields 2021 educational program will motivate brownfields stakeholders to engage, learn, and share their experiences and knowledge of community revitalization challenges and solutions. If you have a brownfields success story or knowledge and experience in brownfields topics, this is your chance to share it with your colleagues.

Please review the instructions, conference topic areas, and the educational session formats before submitting. Contact Will Fricke ( with questions. 

We have not yet made decisions on which sessions have been selected from the first Call for Ideas. Please do not resubmit a session you already submitted in the first Call for Ideas.

The Call for Ideas is now open and will close on March 8, 2021.

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  1. Read all instructions and guidelines on this page.
  2. Click the green “click here to submit” button to find the Call for Ideas site.
  3. You must create an account on the Call for Ideas site – this will be a new account, and a previous password from Brownfields 2019 will not work. If you created an account for the first Call for Ideas, it will still work.
  4. Use the form to fill out the information for your session. You may save it as a draft and come back later to submit. Only sessions submitted through this form will be considered.
  5. Please have a formulated title, description, and learning objective for your session. Sessions without a polished title and description are less likely to be selected.
  6. Titles are limited to 15 words and descriptions are limited to 125 words.
  7. You will have the opportunity to send us two descriptions. One will be the polished description that will be posted to the website and mobile app, which is required in your proposal. The second description, which is optional, will explain your session topic in more detail (200 words) to the selection committee if necessary.
  8. We require that you submit speaker emails and also ask for bios. Help save us time later on by submitting this now.
  9. You may submit a session on behalf of someone else who will be the speaker. Create an account with your name/email but submit the speaker’s information when prompted.
  10. You may submit multiple session proposals.
  11. Have fun! Corny titles are a regular occurrence at the Brownfields Conference.
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A priority of the National Brownfields Training Conference is promoting diversity and raising awareness and understanding among our attendees and stakeholders of the vital role diversity plays in our communities and our economy. Therefore, we request that proposed speaker panels contribute to this mission.  Diversity across our speaker population contributes to enhancing participation, inclusion and leadership opportunities for brownfields stakeholders of diverse backgrounds. When our speakers and moderators reflect a diversity of backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual preference and tribal affiliation, we enhance our ability to educate our attendees on how diversity impacts the communities affected by brownfields.

Conference Topic Areas

We particularly encourage submissions of ideas related to:
  • Brownfields Financing
  • Tribal Brownfields
  • Sustainability
  • Emerging Contaminants (ex. PFAS)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Climate Change
  •  COVID-19 Recovery
Other conference topics:
  • Brownfield Assessment, Cleanups, and Redevelopment
  • Community Engagement and Empowerment
  • Creative Placemaking 
  • Equitable Development and Environmental Justice
  • Funding and Financing for Community Revitalization
  • International Programs and Policies
  • Environmental Liability and Enforcement
  • Opportunity Funds and Brownfields Revitalization Renewable Energy Alternatives
  • Resiliency and sustainability
  • Brownfields Strategies for Rural and Small Communities
  • Promoting Public Health through Brownfields Revitalization
  • Workforce Development and Job Training

Educational Session Formats

Note: Formats are subject to change based on future COVID-19 guidance.

Panel Discussions (60 minutes). Three speakers (with one moderating) deliver 15 to 20-minute visual presentations each. The moderator will leave enough time for Q&A with the audience at the end of the presentations.

  • Head table for two speakers on a riser, standing lectern on a riser, table for handouts & continuing education sign-in sheets
  • One wired microphone at standing lecturn, two wired microphones on head table, one wired microphone on stand in audience for questions
  • LCD projector, screen, and laptop provided for presentation

Roundtable Conversations (60 minutes). Our most interactive session, roundtables feature one or two experts guiding an interactive conversation with the audience around a focused topic. There is no audiovisual technology or formal presentations. Experts tee up the topic and then facilitate the conversation with the attendees.

  • Head table for two speakers on a riser, standing lectern on a riser, table for handouts & continuing education sign-in sheets
  • One wireless microphone at lectern, one wireless microphone in audience

Topic Talks (30 minutes). Adapted for adult learning, these sessions feature one speaker delivering a fifteen-minute presentation with 10 minutes devoted to Q&A with the attendees.

  • Standing lectern on floor with wireless microphone
  • LCD projector, screen, and laptop provided for presentation

Brownfields University (2-4 hours). Pre-conference workshops will be offered the day before the conference officially kicks off.

  • Head table for two speakers on a riser, standing lectern on a riser, table for handouts & continuing education sign-in sheets
  • Two wired microphones on the head table, one wired microphone at the lectern, one wired microphone on stand in the audience for questions
  • LCD projector, screen, and laptop provided for presentation

Peaceful Pause. Would you like to share your yoga or meditation experience with your colleagues? Start your day in a calming way  as a leader of our first Peaceful Pause yoga and meditation sessions!

Power Breakfast. Taking a queue from TED Talks, we are looking for engaging and charismatic speakers whose talks expose new ideas that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to a broad audience. This talk is limited to a maximum length of 10 minutes and may be on any topic. 

Lunch & Learn. Have a Brownfields topic you’re passionate about? Join your colleagues for lunch and lead a table discussion on your Brownfields Hot Topic!

Format Specifications

Format Max. Audience Time Speakers Microphone Projector
Panel 150 1 hour 3 Yes Yes
Roundtable 125 1 hour 3 Yes No
Topic Talk 50 30 minutes 1 Yes Yes
Brownfields University 150 2-4 hours 3* Yes Yes
Peaceful Pause 20 TBD 1 Yes TBD
Lunch & Learn* 6 per table 1 hour 1 No No
Power Breakfast 800 10 minutes 1 Yes Yes

*Lunch and Learn capacity is not guaranteed and is subject to change.

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