Historic Preservation = Sustainability

Presented in conjunction with The City of Las Vegas, The National Trust, and
UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts and Urban Sustainability Initiative

December 1, 2012

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Preserve Nevada will host a historic preservation-sustainability symposium on sustainable building rehabilitation, distributed and large scale renewable energy, and federal and state land use policy.

Nevada—and Las Vegas in particular—is slated to be the focus of a renewable energy land rush. Seven of the 24 “Solar Energy Zones” identified by the Secretary of the Interior are located here. The revitalization of downtown Reno and Las Vegas has attracted national attention from green architects, preservationists, and government agencies alike. This proposed symposium frames national and regional preservation issues in the context of Nevada.

“Historic Preservation = Sustainability” will feature discussion and debate on impacts of renewable resource development to historic western landscapes, sites, and buildings. The symposium furthers Preserve Nevada’s mission to promote networking and information resources that foster careful stewardship and conservancy of our cultural resources. The symposium strives to educate preservationists and others in Nevada about the opportunities of sustainable historic preservation in both the urban and rural setting.

Historic Preservation = Sustainability

“Historic Preservation = Sustainability” gives audience to two critical themes in the discussion of sustainable energy and historic preservation. First we will address historic preservation as sustainability. Building upon research and projects pioneered and funded by the National Trust, this theme considers the preservation of historic homes and buildings in terms of their environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Topics include:

– LEED criteria and opportunities for existing historic buildings and neighborhoods
– Federal and state tax credits
– Identifying compatible green building materials for historic sites
– Energy efficient retrofits of buildings

Sustainable Energy and Cultural Resource Management

The second theme addresses the issue of sustainable energy programs and cultural resource preservation. Large-scale solar and wind projects promise to salve the American west’s power problems, yet could jeopardize rural landscapes, historic sites, and viewsheds. Roundtables, lectures, and open forums offer attendees case studies of successful collaborations and lessons-learned from developers, government agencies, and preservation experts.

– Issues of landscape integrity, location selection, and environmental impacts
– Comparative Sustainable City Session: Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Las Vegas
– Vegas Vernacular: Searching for Our Legacy
– Sustainability on the New Metropolitan Frontier

Get Involved

This symposium is hosted by Preserve Nevada. For more information on how to participate or to offer ideas for possible sessions, please contact Deputy Director of Preserve Nevada, Summer Burke, Executive Director Andy Kirk and event planner Shari Farkus.