The National Trust for Historic Preservation is offering an online Symposium on April 3 and 4 about how preservation can help us mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Priced at $25, the symposium runs for two hours each day from 11 am - 1 pm Pacific Time.

Day 1 will provide national and international perspectives on how the reuse and rehabilitation of older and historic buildings can help address climate change. Attendees will gain insight into the connections between buildings and carbon emissions and hear ideas for elevating the role of preservation as climate action.

This session will include:

  • Welcoming remarks from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s new President and CEO, Carol Quillen.
  • Opening keynote presentation by Nakita Reed, an associate with Quinn Evans and winner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Young Architects Award.
  • Takeaways for preservationists from the recent global climate meetings in Dubai and Paris from Vince Martinez, President and COO of Architecture 2030 and Lori Ferriss, Design Teaching and Research Fellow at Northeastern University, Principal Consultant, Cameron MacAllister Group, and Senior Fellow with Architecture 2030.
  • The story of “upfront carbon” and why it matters more than ever by Toronto-based writer, architect, and teacher Lloyd Alter.
  • Insights and lessons learned from the RetroFirst! campaign in the United Kingdom from Will Hurst, Managing Editor of The Architects' Journal (London).

Day 2 will examine how preservation practices can more effectively align with and support building decarbonization goals, and will conclude with a roundtable discussion among preservation and climate leaders about next steps we can take together.

Scholarships are available through the Diversity Scholar Program.