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Lessons Learned at the Conference on Preservation and Climate Change

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Two themes emerged during the MAS Conference on Preservation and Climate Change in New York City on October 16: there is a substantial amount of common ground between the goals of preservation and sustainability, but it is largely unrecognized; and the preservation community needs to be much more actively engaged in shaping green building and sustainability policies. Over 200 architects, planners, preservationists, local and national policy makers, and students participated in the conference, which was co-sponsored by MAS and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

One of the conference’s many highlights was a keynote presentation by David Bragdon, the newly-appointed Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. He began his keynote on PlaNYC by describing the inherent sustainability of preservation. Other speakers included a scientist discussing how climate change will impact the city’s infrastructure and historic buildings, architects sharing case studies in energy retrofits to landmarks and policy makers discussing how the goals of preservation and LEED can be better integrated.