EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Brownfield Redevelopment

When Jan 31, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Ekstrom Library room W210
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Contact Phone 502-338-1338
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Bill JohnsonJoin us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability!

To kickoff the spring series on Friday, Jan. 31st, our guest speaker will be Bill Johnston, Principal Geologist at Linebach-Funkhouser, a local environmental consulting group.

His talk is titled "Kentucky's Brownfield Redevelopment Program: Working with developers over the last 5 years, look what we have accomplished!"

He will talk with us about brownfield restoration projects he's been involved in, including UofL's own work to transform the Floyd Street corridor through Belknap campus from a contaminated parking lot into a children's playground, running track, and world-class athletic facilities. The presentation will provide a detailed description of how a purchaser can enroll an eligible site into the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program, how the process works, and the benefits a buyer will receive from a regulatory standpoint. He'll also share before and after photos of cases studies from the Program.

Mr. Johnston provides project management leadership and direction for environmental assessment and remediation projects. He has 32 years of experience in assessing and remediating petroleum contaminated soils and groundwater associated with underground storage tanks (USTs) in numerous states across the country. He established his own environmental consulting division complimenting the efforts of a petroleum equipment/construction, contracting company.  His responsibilities included serving as division/project manager for all of the environmental related projects associated with this division. Tasks included, developing cost-effective project estimates and completing UST related closures, upgrades, assessments, and corrective actions while serving as the liaison between an extensive client base and pertinent regulatory agencies. An alternate task included filing reimbursement documentation with various statewide sponsored UST environmental assurance funds.  He has experience in multi-phase site assessments including RCRA, CERCLA and dry cleaning plant related projects. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast.

The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring, we continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.

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