Brownfields: Albatross to Economic Driver – A GrowSmart Maine Breakfast Forum


You’re invited to a GrowSmart Maine Breakfast Forum on brownfields

Tuesday, July 29th, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
PDT Architects, 49 Dartmouth Street, Portland, Maine

Maine has been particularly successful in securing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brownfields funds. What does that mean, why does it matter, who’s benefiting and how can we continue to tap into these funds?

Brownfields sites often sit undeveloped and/or underutilized because a site purchaser or developer doesn’t understand the potential environmental liabilities associated with the site.

Panelists at this forum will share their knowledge of how to address the challenges these sites pose, what funds are available, to whom and for what, and share examples of how funds are being used in Maine today.

Moderator: Nick Sabatine, Ransom Environmental
Panelists: Kevin Bunker, Developers Collaborative; Judy East, Executive Director at Washington County Council of Governments;Stephen Dyer, Ransom Environmental
Generously sponsored by:
Eaton Peabody







When: Tuesday, July 29th, 7:30 to 9:30 am

Cost: $25 for members, $50 for non-members. Not a member? Join today.

Location: PDT Architects, 49 Dartmouth Street, Portland, Maine

Presenter Bios:

Nick Sabatine is a Principal/Vice President and Senior Project Manager at Ransom with over 20 years of environmental consulting experience in Maine.  He has been with Ransom for 10 years and been responsible for the leadership, management, and grown of the office.  Nick is a professional geologist and serves as Ransom’s senior technical reviewer on the majority of Ransom’s Brownfields projects in Maine.  For the past eight years, Nick has served as Project Manager for Ransom’s Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) Brownfields contract.  He is currently working on several Brownfields mill complex- and site-redevelopment projects and prides himself in offering clients technical cost-effective solutions that meet their schedules. Nick graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1991 with a B.A. in Geology.  He received a Masters of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 1992.

Kevin Bunker is a founding principal of Developers Collaborative (DC), a smart growth real estate development firm located in Portland. Kevin founded DC with Richard Berman after graduating with distinction in 2007 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a Master in Urban Planning degree. A former municipal planner and lobsterman in the Rockland area, Kevin is a principal on all of DC’s current projects, from Orono to Biddeford. Kevin brings experience in complex financing models including tax increment financing, use of tax credits, and other public private partnerships. Kevin is also an activist promoting the causes of smart growth and downtowns at the state and local level. Kevin sees great future growth in the area of public or institutional partnerships with the private sector and is responsible for DC’s continued expansion into this field. Kevin lives in Brunswick with his wife Amanda and their daughters Alex and Natalie.

Judith C. East, AICP is Executive Director for the Washington County Council of Governments.  With 24 years of professional experience at the local, regional and state levels in Maine, New York and Vermont she currently works with communities throughout Washington County on varied issues in land use planning, economic development, adaptation to climate change and public facilities investment.  Judy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and Economics and a Masters Degree of Science in Planning.  She has a particular interest and expertise working with rural communities as they balance land and resource conservation with economic development. She lives Calais, ME with her husband Richard and their daughter Alyson.  They operate Growing Concern, a farm and nursery providing locally grown horticultural products and food to the region.

Stephen Dyer has conducted and managed Brownfield redevelopment assessment programs for over 25 U.S. EPA-funded Brownfield sites in New England, and completed or coordinated over 400 environmental assessments, facility inspections, environmental audits, Phase II investigations, and remedial programs at other private and municipal sites. As the engineering lead for Ransom Environmental’s water and wastewater treatment group, he has designed expansions of several treatment facilities as well as numerous pump stations.  Steve also has extensive experience in assisting utilities and municipalities with financial and physical system planning and assessments (e.g., user fee studies, vulnerability assessments, comprehensive studies, CSO Master Plans, etc.).  Steve is a Professional Engineer in Maine, and is certified in Risk Assessment for Water Systems. Steve received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (’89).  Steve grew up in Midcoast Maine.  Outside of work, he likes to enjoy the outdoors with his family through rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.


Brownfields Property Redevelopment – Funds to Leverage By (pdf)

Brownfields Program Overview (pdf)