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Register Now for the Conference on Preservation and Climate Change in New York City

Can old buildings play a role in making New York a more sustainable city? How will climate change impact the city’s historic and cultural resources? How can we make the city’s historic buildings more energy efficient?  Speakers will address these questions and more on October 16th at the Conference on Preservation and Climate Change in New York City.  The conference is co-sponsored by The Municipal Art Society of New York and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. (Click here to see the agenda and list of speakers and here to register). Panels and lectures include:
  • Case Studies in High-Performance Preservation Retrofits, looking at best practices in bringing together preservation and energy efficiency;
  • Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, addressing how the impact of climate change will affect New York City’s cultural, historic and architectural resources;
  • LEED and Beyond, examining the array of standards and financial incentives that can help guide and encourage energy retrofits and how they work with historic buildings; and
  • 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 what new areas may be added to the plan.
On Friday, October 15th MAS will host will be an opening keynote address on How the World’s Largest Cities are Tackling Climate Change, followed by a reception. On Sunday, October 17 MAS will sponsor three tours that highlight best practices in historic preservation and sustainability in New York City and the region. Tours include: Rural Sustainability: Kykuit, Pocantico Center & 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 and the architectural offices of Cook+Fox; and Lower East Side Boiler Tour, an unexpectedly fascinating tour of boilers, including stops to the apartment buildings Con Edison rate as the most efficient in New York State, led by Henry Gifford. The conference and tours will be of interest to policy-makers, architects, environmentalists, planners, preservationists and anyone interested in urban sustainability and preservation. Click here to see the agenda and list of speakers and here to register This conference is made possible through the generous support of The New York Community Trust, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Richard and Julia Moe Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.