Green Preservation in the News


Kate Galbraith, "Historic Architecture vs. Clean Energy", New York Times blog from May 2009.

Terrell McSweeny, "Going Green -- And Saving You Money" White House Blog - Council on Environmental Equality. 

"Green Jobs: A Pathway to A Strong MIddle Class," Middle Class Task Force Staff Report, Council on Environmental Quality. White House.

"Recovery through Retrofit"  Middle Class Task Force, Council on Environmental Quality, White House Report. 

Kim O’Connell, "Finding Common Ground" , Traditional Building, June 2007.

Amy Cortese, "Green Buildings Don't Have to be New" New York Times, 1/27/2009.

Jacques Kelly, "Lauraville Family Gets Help With Drafty House," Baltimore Sun, 9/23/2009.

Debra Hazel, "Greening History",  DJF GRowth Fund, 07/25/2009.


Blair Kamin, “Historic Preservation and Green Architecture: Friends or Foes?” presented to the Michigan Historic Preservation Network at Grand Rapids Michigan.

Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation:  "Sustainable Stewardship: Historic Preservation's Essential Role in Fighting Climate Change"  BAHA - Berkeley, California, 27 Mar 2008

Donovan D Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics:  "Sustainability , Smart Growth, and Historic Preservation"  Historic Districts Council Annual Conference in New York City, 10 March 2007.

    "Economics, Sustainability and Historic Preservation" National Trust Conference in Portland, Oregon, 1 October 2005.

   "Downtown Revitalization, Sustainability and Historic Preservation" National Main Streets Conference, Seattle, Washington, 28 March 2007.

Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation: "Sustainable Stewardship: Historic Preservation's Essential Role in Fighting Climate Change" On the Occasion of Receiving the Vincent Scully Award, 13 December 2007. (Audio file - MP3)


Moving Existing Homes Toward Carbon Neutrality - 2007 Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) Summit White Paper

English Heritage  - Cutting Down on Carbon: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Historic Buildings

Energy Conservation in Traditional Buildings 

FEDERAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - DECEMBER 2006:  Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings"

GREEN TECHNOLOGY MAGAZINE:  "Retro-commissioning - Back to the Future for California's State Buildings"

NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE, "Energy Performance of LEED for New Construction Buildings"


Green Preservation - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Embodied Energy: Reduce + Reuse = Preservation (PDF PowerPoint)

Henry Gifford, "A Better Way To Rate Green Buildings"

FREDERICK NEWS-POST: "How to go green in the historic district"


English Heritage is the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England. The website Climate Change and Your Home is designed to help owners of traditional built houses understand the potential impacts of climate change and ways to save energy.

The Empty Homes Agency addresses the environmental implications of refurbishing and reusing existing buildings.

  • New Tricks With Old Bricks - How reusing old buildings can cut carbon emissions (A key finding is that reusing an existing building has an initial savings of 35 tons of CO2 over new construction.)

  • Knock it Down or Do It Up? (This study presents important new evidence that refurbishment is a more sustainable option than demolition and new build. The findings are based on a comprehensive literature review and a survey of house builders, quantity surveyors, development surveyors and architects. Highlights the types of project where refurbishment is likely to be cost-effective and the limitations of refurbishment due to community problems and other issues. )


Preservation Nation - Sustainability is theNational Trust for Historic Preservation's web site. It provides tips for homeowners, local governments and a wide range of information and resources related to preservation and sustainability.  provides information related to building science, systems design and sustainability:

AIA COTENOTES - SPRING 2007:  "A Natural Connection—Sustainable Design and Historic Preservation"

AIA ARCHITECT - December 2006: "Sustainability - That Old, Old House"

AIA ARCHITECT - December 2008: "Malecha Urges a New Way of Seeing Sustainability"

:   "What It Means to Be Green"

BUILDING GREEN - MARCH 2006:  "Historic preservation projects can be green"

CRM - 1998: Sharon C. Park, "Sustainable Design and Historic Preservation" (PDF)

ENVIRONMENTAL BUILDING NEWS - JANUARY 2007:  "Historic Preservation and Green Building: A Lasting Relationship"

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "An Inconvenient Turbine: Conservation vs. Preservation"