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Green Historic Preservation Initiative

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Yolanda Bouchee
US EPA Region 5
77 W. Jackson Blvd.

EPA started the Green Historic Preservation Initiative to bring together preservationists and green building specialists to work on two issues: identifying barriers to sustainable preservation and the policies needed to break down those barriers. Key areas include reusing historic and existing building assets, incorporating green building technologies and materials, investing in and strengthening historic neighborhoods, and supporting economic drivers of growth while protecting public health and the environment.

Energy Advice for Owners of Older and Historic Homes

Do you live in a historic home? Are you wondering how to lower your energy bills without losing features that give your house its character? Are you concerned about how your decisions might affect the long-term maintenance or condition of your home? This guide is designed to help you make decisions about how to increase your home's energy performance in a way that maximizes energy savings while preserving the historic character of your home.

Symposium: Greening Historic Communities

EPA convened the Greening Historic Communities: What Works, What Doesn't, and What Should Change? symposium June 15-16, 2011, in Wilmington, Delaware. It was the second of its kind, building on one in Indianapolis in January 2010. The day-and-a-half symposium brought together nearly 150 experts from the fields of green historic preservation, sustainable design and building, architecture, planning, academia, government, and others. Participants exchanged ideas, shared experiences and made policy recommendations to overcome barriers at local and national levels.

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