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Preservation Green Lab

The Preservation Green Lab connects old buildings with new ideas. Guided by the belief that older buildings and blocks are essential to creating sustainable, equitable, and affordable cities, the Green Lab conducts research, delivers tools, promotes policies, and convenes partners to deliver a new kind of economic development leveraging existing buildings and underutilized spaces.

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Since 2009, the Preservation Green Lab has been challenging long-held beliefs within the preservation movement through big data, mapping, and spatial analysis. Our groundbreaking research uses the language of developers, city officials, and policy makers to make the case that building reuse can and should be promoted as a tool for sustainable development.  

Solutions + Tools

Reusing and retrofitting vacant and underused buildings across the country will help cities become more sustainable while meeting changing market demands. To help make this process easier and more likely, the Green Lab has developed policies and tools that can unlock development potential in cities across the country.  

Dialogue + Partnerships  

The Green Lab works to broaden the scope of the preservation movement by convening a wide array of partners and engaging in game-changing dialogue. Developers, community activists, and climate scientists are among the groups that are now engaging in conversations around old buildings an urban innovation.   

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