Sunday, January 06, 2008

Go Green. Be Green. Green this. Green that. Green, Green, Green.....

Everybody and everything is “going green”. I’d be surprised if there’s anyone out there who is not aware of the phrase or who has not been exposed to the concept during the last year. You’d have to have been living in a cave to have not been bombarded with the environmentalist messages (living in a cave, by the way, would be a very green thing to do).

My mailbox has been the recipient of great reading material on the topic, especially related to the connection between preservation and environmentalism. It couldn’t be more obvious – reusing existing building stock is as green as you can get. Every built structure represents an energy expenditure. Lose a structure and you lose the embodied energy stored in it.

Below are links to some great reading on the topic.

As architect Carl Elefante pointed out in an essay written for the Forum Journal last summer, we can’t build our way to sustainability. The role of preservation will need to expand in scope. Make sure you read, “The Greenest Building Is…One That is Already Built”.

The January 2008 Preservation Magazine (the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation) has been dedicated the Green Issue. Point, click and read.

2 comments:

G.Coyle said...

I like your new format Ted. Very zesty!

We have so much "green" potential here in NA. Let's all talk it up. Yes, vinyl siding can be recycled...

I moved here from a "liberal" area where people restore their old buildings. People here call themselves conservatives yet destroy the past? Go figure.

TedF said...

I agree G. The world is changing for everyone; liberals, conservatives and those in between. Being green just isn't a catchy phrase, it's commonsense.

I'll post more on the subject. Also, the HPC is planning preservation month events/forums on the topic.