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  The National Brownfields Conference held its 2009 event in New Orleans last week, bringing together the nation's largest assembly of federal, state and community leaders and engineers, students and activists focused on environmental revitalization and economic development in deserving communities. The conference offered more than 150 seminars, film screenings, roundtable discussions and other programs to its 6,000 registrants. Educational sessions covered green jobs, hazardous material management and other topics, while volunteer opportunities included projects at Andrew H. Wilson Elementary, mobile workshops and tours across the metro area.

  Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the International City/County Management Association, the annual conference seeks to find ways to improve communities by utilizing abandoned or environmentally hazardous properties. — Alex Woodward

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