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Conference on Preservation & Climate Change in New York City

Can old buildings help make New York a more sustainable city? How will climate change affect the city’s historic buildings and neighborhoods? How can we make the city’s landmarks more energy efficient? Speakers will address these questions and more at the Conference on Preservation and Climate Change in New York City. Co-sponsored by The Municipal Art Society of New York and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the all-day conference on Saturday, October 16th will be kicked off by an opening lecture and reception on October 15th, and be followed by special tours on October 17th.

Panels and lectures include:

  • PlaNYC 2.0: David Bragdon, the newly-appointed director of the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, will discuss how New York City’s sustainability plan will be updated this year and how New Yorkers can weigh in on any changes.
  • A Federal Perspective on Preservation, Sustainability and Climate Change: Emily Wadhams, vice president for public policy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, will share ways in which the preservation community in the U.S. is reexamining its practices and embracing change, especially with regard to improving energy efficiency in older and historic buildings.
  • Case Studies in High-Performance Preservation Retrofits: Stephen Apking, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; Jean Carroon, Goody Clancy and Nathan Taft, Jonathan Rose Companies, will present case studies highlighting the best practices in preservation and energy efficiency (with Judith Saltzman of Li/Saltzman Architects).
  • LEED and Beyond: Panelists will examine the array of standards and financial incentives that can help guide and encourage energy retrofits and how they work with historic buildings; speakers include Laurie Kerr, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability; Richard Leigh, New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and Stephen Tilly, Stephen Tilly, Architect.
  • Just the Facts: Quantifying Energy Savings and Operating Costs: Speakers will share the newest data on the environmental benefits of retaining and improving the efficiency of older buildings and how such work can result in reduced operating costs. Speakers include Patrice Frey, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Andy Padian, Community Preservation Corporation and Lindsay Robbins, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
  • Learning from Other Cities: How Are Old and Historic Buildings Integrated in Sustainability Plans? Adrian Fine, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Randall Mason, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, will share best practices from other cities.
  • Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change: This panel will address how the impact of climate change will affect New York City’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.

Sunday, October 17 Tours:

  • Rural Sustainability: Kykuit, Pocantico Center and Stone Barns: Touring key sites within the 3,400-acre John D. Rockefeller estate.
  • Going Green in the Flatiron District: Architect-led tours of 200 Fifth Avenue (with STUDIOS Architecture) and the architectural offices of Cook+Fox.
  • Lower East Side Boiler Tour: An unexpectedly fascinating tour of boilers, including stops to the apartment buildings Con Edison rates as the most efficient in New York State, led by Henry Gifford.

The conference and tours are geared towards policy-makers, architects, environmentalists, planners, preservationists and anyone interested in urban sustainability and preservation. Conference tickets cost $85, which includes admission to the conference (including lunch and reception) and admission to the Friday night lecture on Cities and Sustainability and reception.