Sustainable Preservation Information Resources


American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment/Sustainability

Association for Preservation Technology International

Build It Green

California Climate Action Registry

California Energy Commission Green Building Initiative

Clinton Climate Initiative

Green California

Green Technology Magazine

Green Building Alliance

International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is a democratic, international association of national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development, founded in 1990. ICLEI offers a broad range of campaigns and programs that address local sustainability issues while protecting global common goods (such as air quality, climate, water), and link local action to internationally agreed goals and targets.

ICLEI provides information, delivers training, organizes conferences, facilitates networking and city-to-city exchanges, carries out research and pilot projects, and offers technical services and consultancy; helps local governments generate political awareness of key issues; establish plans of action towards defined, concrete, measurable targets; work towards meeting these targets through the implementation of projects; and evaluate local and cumulative progress toward sustainable development.

Local governments in California have used the technical services of ICLEI to help them quantify their consumption of resources and generation of wastes for use as benchmarks to measure anticipated progress in environmental sustainability.

LEED - What is it?

LEED for Existing Buildings

National Trust - Sustainability Initiative aims to help people better understand preservation’s value in fostering development that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. More and more projects are demonstrating that older buildings can “go green.” The Sustainability Initiative website is a “best practices” resource for employing green technology in the reuse and rehabilitation of historic structures. 

Portfolio Manager Energy Star Benchmarking

Preservation Nation - National Trust Blog


Thoreau Center for Sustainability - San Francisco

U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (LEED)

Whole Building Design Guide – Sustainable Historic Preservation

Whole Building Design Guide – Sustainability

Whole Building Design Guide – Historic Preservation


NPS Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design

NPS Presidio Green Building Guidelines

Technical Preservation Services has helped home owners, preservation professionals, organizations, and government agencies by publishing easy-to read guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings.  Preservation Briefs 1-43 are now available online and include the following briefs related to sustainability;


The 2007 National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers's (NCSHPO) Annual Meeting included a squaretable discussion on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). PowerPoint presentations addressing preservation and sustainability are accessible below:
LEED Squaretable Information

Sustainability & Historic Preservation: Lessons Learned (PDF PPT)

USGBC/LEED and Historic Buildings (PDF PPT)