Brownfields 2015

Brownfields 2015 is the premier conference and trade show focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.  The upcoming event is the 16th National Brownfields Training Conference, which promises to attract thousands of stakeholders to the “windy city” for three days of training, networking and business development.  Since 1995, the National Brownfields Training Conference has been the most important stop on the calendar of anyone working to create better communities through cleaning up and reusing brownfield properties.  So mark your calendar for September 2-4, 2015.

Event Type:
Sep. 2-4, 2015
South Loop Hotel, Hilton Chicago
Chicago , IL , USA

At Brownfields 2015 you'll experience:

Brownfields 2015 promises something for all levels of stakeholders and practitioners.  The heart of the conference is a dynamic educational program of speakers, discussions, mobile workshops, films and other learning formats that are calibrated to provide you with case study examples, program updates, and useful strategies for meeting your brownfield challenges head on.    The conference typically includes

  • Dozens of educational sessions with expert speakers, and facilitators providing leading edge information to share, as well as interactive discussion sessions that provide knowledge through the power of crowd-sourced conversations and interactions
  • Unmatched networking and business development opportunities in the conference exhibit hall, and through industry designed events such as special redevelopment forums connecting brownfield site owners with investors and developers
  • Special events such as mobile workshops, walking tours, and other activities to see redevelopment at ground level in the Chicagoland area.

  • Local, state, and federal government leaders

  • Federal and state contractors

  • Real estate developers and investors 

  • Financial and insurance providers and risk management practitioners

  • Economic development officials and community development organizations

  • Construction and building firms 

  • Environmental and civil engineers, planners and public works officials

  • Information technology professionals

  • Academic institutions & students  

  • Attorneys

Featuring dozens of educational sessions offered in a variety of formats, the training conference offers high quality learning experiences and peer to peer networking for stakeholders looking for beginner basics to those needing more advanced training and connections. Each conference features:

Headliner Plenary Events.  Headlined by dynamic speakers with a leadership story to tell, past keynoters have included thought leaders such as: Harvard economist Michael Porter; sustainability guru, designer, and architect William McDonough; Dr. Manuel Pastor, co-author of Just Growth-Inclusion and Prosperity in America's Metropolitan Regions; New urbanism developer Christopher Lineberger, and many others.   The conference has also designed plenary sessions to feature discussion panels of Mayors and other experts facilitated by a notable news media personality.  Stay tuned to this website for more information on speakers and plenary sessions at Brownfields 2015

Informative Educational Programming.  The backbone of the conference, each year’s educational program, features a mixture of traditional panel sessions complete with compelling presentations as well as discussion-first town meeting, roundtable, and other more conversational approaches.  New for 2015 will be two formats including a learning lounge and supplemental experts bar as well as inspirational life labs.

In addition to the educational program, Brownfields 2015 will also feature a wide variety of activities inside and outside of the Hilton Chicago conference venue. Here's a peek at what to expect...


The mobile workshop component of Brownfields 2015 gives attendees the chance to see brownfield transformations firsthand. Whether it is biking, hiking, or a bus tour, these unique tours will get you out into Chicago to experience local redevelopment! These workshops give attendees the chance to see brownfields transformations firsthand. Brownfields 2015 will present an array of Chicago’s brownfield success stories and projects in progress. Interact with local experts and learn how they turned a community liability into a catalyst for revitalization.


This year's conference will also feature a number of special events, including networking events, recoginition and award ceremonies, meet and greet opportunities, and much more. 


Each conference will offer vieweings of a variety of films and documentaries that not only educate but also provide an entertaining, thought-provoking, and emotional springboard for innovations in environmental studies, stakeholder involvement, and sustainability. Past conferences have featured Q&A opportunities with film directors.


The Poster Gallery will showcase the most cutting-edge projects and research being performed in the brownfields community.

The National Brownfields Training Conference connects you with thousands of decision makers from the private sector, local, state and federal agencies, nonprofit and community groups, and academia. As the largest national event focused on redeveloping brownfield properties and creating more sustainable communities where thousands of industry professionals and decision makers come together to learn the latest in the assessment, remediation, and redevelopment of contaminated sites. Learn how you can market your products and services by meeting with this focused, engaged audience.*