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Episode 8 – What’s Old is New Again: Adaptive Reuse Trends and Tips for Effective Environmental Due Diligence


The commercial real estate market is booming! Certain trends and drivers of change continue to fuel robust transactional and redevelopment activity, including the adaptive reuse of CRE, which gives older structures and spaces new life and purpose. Guest host Mary Ann Grena Manley welcomes guest Mark Johnson, a Principal Consultant with Geosyntec, based in the company’s Wilmington, NC office, to discuss these evolving trends as well as the impact of emerging environmental justice policies and ESG factors on environmental due diligence and project planning. Mark also offers practical tips for parties involved in adaptive reuse and brownfields redevelopment projects.

About the Moderator:

Mary Ann Grena Manley is the Founder and President of 15E Communications LLC, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that assists clients with communications strategy, content, business development, and public relations. Prior to founding 15E in 2020, Mary Ann managed Bloomberg Industry Group’s coverage and analysis of global Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability issues for more than 20 years. With experiences cutting across environmental law, policy analysis, journalism, and marketing, she most recently served as Deputy Editorial Director for Bloomberg Environment. Her areas of policy expertise include environmental compliance, environmental due diligence, risk management, brownfields redevelopment, sustainability, and ESG. Connect with Mary Ann via email, or through LinkedIn.

About the Speaker:

Mark Johnson is a Principal Consultant, based in Geosyntec’s Wilmington, NC office. He has over 25 years of experience in site assessment, investigation, and remediation consulting. Mark has led numerous investigation and remedial projects under a variety of state-lead enforcement programs including storage tanks, brownfields, and voluntary remediation programs. He has conducted and managed thousands of Phase I and Phase II site assessments and compliance audits at industrial, manufacturing, and commercial facilities throughout the eastern and central United States, and internationally in Canada, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has designed and implemented various remedial technologies, such as enhanced aerobic bioremediation, soil excavation, soil vapor extraction, dual-phase extraction, and in situ chemical oxidation at sites addressing a wide range of contaminants notably including metals, petroleum products, and chlorinated solvents. Connect with Mark via email, or through LinkedIn.


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