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New Issue Briefs on Key Preservation Issues from the Preservation Priorities Task Force

By Rebecca Harris and Jim Lindberg A group of preservation advocates from across the country have come together to develop a new series of publications on key issues facing the preservation movement. Released today and available online, the “Issue Briefs” address four significant, interrelated...

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Preserving Historic Buildings Through LEED Green Building Strategies

As those who work in the field know, old buildings can also be sustainable buildings. A LEED green building certification is often associated with modern new office towers, but in fact, some of our oldest structures benefit the most from sustainability upgrades. Increasing energy efficiency and...

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A Q&A on Preserving African American Places: Growing Preservation’s Potential as A Path for Equity

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently released Preserving African American Places: Growing Preservation’s Potential as a Path for Equity , a report that seeks to elevate emerging ideas, research, observations, and questions on the critically important issues of equitable...

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Reading List: Prepping for Town Halls at PastForward Online 2020

One of the new features this year at PastForward Online 2020 (October 27-30), are three live Town Halls. Using digital tools, these interactive sessions will provide a forum for open discussion and give you an opportunity to share your own beliefs and ideas for action. Each of these Town Halls...

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Defending the National Environmental Policy Act

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a coalition of partners filed a lawsuit challenging new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations issued earlier this month. Signed into law on January 1, 1970, Congress established NEPA to ensure that federal agencies consider...

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The Resilience of Older Neighborhoods

For years preservationists (myself included) have touted the connections between older buildings and urban vitality. We have talked about the “vibrancy” of bustling historic blocks lined with small businesses. We have photographed crowded sidewalks and pointed with pride to the “hidden...

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Historic & Green in Connecticut

If you believe what you read in some papers historic preservation is a dead and dying movement, unable to adapt to modern challenges, including climate change. The truth is, there are many preservationists who see the need to forge common ground with non-preservationists. This growing...

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Blue + Gray = Green: Tips for Creating Sustainable Signage

By Drew A. Gruber and Chris Brown When was the last time you thought about signage? Have you wondered if this seemingly static resource could be made better for the environment or easier on your organization’s bank account? Signage is omnipresent on the landscape, from stop signs along our...

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Maryland’s New Flood Mitigation Guide for Historic Buildings

The devastation caused by this spring’s historic flooding is just the latest reminder of how vulnerable our communities are to extreme weather. As flooding, coastal storms, wildfires, and other climate-related disasters become more frequent and severe, none of the historic places we care about...

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PastForward Preview: Victoria Herrmann, President and Managing Director of the Arctic Institute

Victoria Herrmann, Ph.D., is the president and managing director of The Arctic Institute , a nonprofit dedicated to Arctic security research. She is also a National Geographic Explorer and recently led America's Eroding Edges , a research and storytelling project on coastal climate change...

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