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New York Landmarks Conservancy Helps Building Owners Go Green 

01-11-2010 00:00

February 1 marks the first grant deadline of 2010 for the National Trust Preservation Funds. Grants are available for a diverse array of projects, and one recently-funded venture demonstrates just how informative and far-reaching these grant winners’ projects have become.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy was awarded a $2,500 grant from the National Trust’s Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation to host a series of three seminars in 2009 dealing with sustainability, green buildings, and preservation.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy was concerned that while there is increasing enthusiasm for “green building” and sustainability, the basics of preservation might be lost in that enthusiasm. Therefore, in an effort to ensure that preservation standards are maintained, it organized a series of workshops targeting different owner types.  Each workshop was open to the public and featured professionals who provided technical tips, cost-saving ideas, and solutions to common problems.

The first seminar took place in May and was entitled, “Preservation is Sustainability: How to Make Your Older Building More Energy Efficient.” The panel of professionals discussed their own experiences and answered questions from the audience, highlighting what has been successful and what should be reevaluated.

The second seminar on religious institutions and historic preservation, entitled “Green Theology: Energy Efficiency and Historic Sacred Sites,”  provided a hands-on approach to maximizing the energy efficiency of religious institutions. The day-long workshop guided participants through a complete, “basement to roof” energy analysis of religious institutions, including how to budget and plan for the future.

Attendees learned about sustainability in historic houses at the final seminar. Conservation emerged as a major theme as panelists explained that greening existing buildings is a critical component to fighting climate change. Speakers focused on the importance of conserving historic windows in sustainability efforts and discussed ways to better educate property owners about energy efficiency and renewable resources.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy was founded in 1973 and is dedicated to preserving, enhancing, revitalizing, and reusing architecturally significant buildings in New York City and, on a limited basis, New York State. You can learn more about all of these workshops on its advocacy page and highlights from the three workshops will be featured in upcoming editions of its newsletter.

The National Trust Preservation Funds provide two types of assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies: matching grants for planning and educational efforts and intervention funds for preservation emergencies. The matching grants are awarded annually in three competitive grant rounds (February 1, June 1, and October 1) and may be used to obtain professional expertise in such areas as architecture, archeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, fund raising, organizational development, and law, as well as preservation activities to educate the public.

To learn more about grant opportunities from the National Trust, check out our funding page or our Preservation Funds brochure.

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Author(s):Leah Suhrstedt

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