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Planning, Preservation & Change (A 2 Part Series)
With the American Planning Association

Planners shape and manage community change. Preservationists connect important stories, memories, and places to our communities. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Planning Association Urban Design and Preservation Division have joined together to explore planning and preservation issues and opportunities presented by future change at two webcasts this Spring.

Part 1: How Planning and Preservation Can Work Together to Create Great Places
On April 26, join a panel of preservation planners and planning directors to hear how preservation considerations are incorporated into their community planning efforts and project review work. The seasoned planners will discuss how preservation principles can be integrated in their efforts to balance growth while preserving community character and the opportunities and challenges that presents. The panel will provide preservations tips about best practices on how to work more effectively within the planning framework.


Part 2:Preservation - An Effective Planning Tool
Join preservation professionals from across the country to hear why preservation should matter to the urban planning community. These innovative leaders will share how preserving historic assets, adaptive reuse, and incorporating public engagement are effective planning tools for more holistic work. Hear how creative application of preservation policies and programs can address issues such as climate change, affordable housing and density, and equity of under-represented and underserved communities. 



Calculating Carbon Savings from Building Reuse and Retrofit
Decisions about whether to reuse, retrofit, or replace older buildings can have a big impact on carbon emissions. But calculating those impacts is difficult without good data. This session will highlight development of an innovative new “carbon calculator” that will allow preservationists, developers, policy makers, and other users to compare the carbon impacts of specific reuse, retrofit, and replacement scenarios. Hear from the developers of the “Carbon Avoided Reuse Estimator” (or C.A.R.E.) tool and learn how it can support efforts to save carbon and historic buildings. Brought to you by the Preservation Priorities Task Force.

Jim Lindberg, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Alison Frazee, Boston Preservation Alliance
Lori Ferriss, Goody Clancy Architects
Larry Strain, Seigel & Strain, Architects


Historic Preservation Advocacy in the 118th Congress
Join National Trust for Historic Preservation staff, policy experts, and historic preservation colleagues as we discuss historic preservation advocacy during the 118th Congress. Learn about the dynamics of the newly divided Congress and discover what is possible over the next two years. Hear about efforts to fund and reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund, strategies to enhance the Historic Tax Credit, and key opportunities to protect diverse historic places..

Panelist include:
Sara Bronin, Incoming Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, professor, and policymaker whose interdisciplinary work focuses on how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places. She was confirmed by unanimous consent by the United States Senate in December 2022 to serve as the 12th Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.


State Historic Tax Credit Incentives – Tools and Perspectives for Building Stronger and More Vibrant Communities
January 24, 2023 | 4-5:15 ET

The National Trust is pleased to share its first installment of a new report detailing the “State-of-the-State Historic Tax Credits.” Thanks to the generous support of the David and Julia Uihlein, the National Trust has developed a state historic tax credit resource guide and interactive map that will help advocates, stakeholders, and policy makers develop and strengthen state historic tax credit incentives to improve our communities.

Hear from key leaders and supporters of rehabilitation incentives, including former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, about the importance of rehabilitating historic properties and elements of the most effective state programs. Learn how states are using rehabilitation incentives to address key priorities like affordable and workforce housing, rural development, and energy efficiency objectives.


Women's Work Webinar Series

There have always been great women artists—a fact that feminist art historians have continually and consistently reinforced over the past half century. Using this summer’s new “Women’s Work” exhibition at Lyndhurst as a source of inspiration, these two virtual events will delve into the complex history of women’s artistry; the growing recognition of the influence of women artists, feminist artists, and women artists of color on the art world; and the deep connections that exist between the production of art and the places where women created it.

These programs are brought to you by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Where Women Made History program in conjunction with the “Women’s Work” exhibition at Lyndhurst—a National Trust Historic Site located in Tarrytown, New York.

Webinar Series: Brown v. Board of Education

One of the most significant landmark cases in the history of the United States, the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education compiled cases from five communities across the South, East, and Midwest to desegregate American schools. Late last year, the National Trust identified work related to expanding the narrative surrounding Brown v. Board as one of our National Treasures.

As part of the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, we will continue to broaden our understanding of Brown v. Board of Education through a webinar series that will highlight the people, places, and stories from each of the states involved in the landmark case. 

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