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Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Saturday, 04/14/2007

"Something Old, Something Green" in Pawtucket, RI

The Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission's focus for 2007 was the exchange between historic preservation and sustainability. Jean Carroon, AIA, LEED of Goody Clancy (Boston) delivered the keynote address, "Defining Green: Sustainable Design and Historic Preservation."

The day-long conference featured several green-preservation theme sessions and tours. These included a roundtable discussion, a tour of hydropower sites on the Blackstone River, a panel about renewable energy installations at historic properties, a look at two local projects seeking LEED certification for rehab work. Other sessions considered topics like preservation tax credit projects, smart growth strategies for village centers and downtowns, and the greening of heritage tourism. Tours visited industrial sites in East Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls; Pawtucket's historic downtown; and 20th-century landmarks.

For more information on upcoming Statewide Preservation Conferences, please visit the RIHPHC website at

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