Green Acton co-sponsored a talk “The Power of Preservation as a Green Strategy,” with Boston architect Jean Caroon.
Buildings account for nearly 40% of all U.S. energy use and carbon emissions. With one of the country’s leading preservation architects as your guide, the lecture explored the power of adaptive reuse to reduce those numbers and move us toward sustainability. Sustainable Preservation make a compelling argument that preservation and sustainability don’t just protect the environment, but deliver a full range of societal benefits, from job creation to stronger social connection.
Jean leads Goody Clancy’s preservation practice, focusing on the opportunities inherent in the stewardship and creative reuse of existing buildings to create a healthy resilient world. She leads a team dedicated to helping clients and the public connect historic legacies to current realities and future possibilities. Her approach combines a mastery of history and building technology with a commitment to transforming places – redefining their relevance, utility, and flexibility while sustaining and enhancing essential beauty and value. Jean has been responsible for the restoration or adaptive reuse of a dozen National Historic Landmark buildings. Her book “Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings” was published by Wiley in 2010. She is a frequent speaker, teacher and advocate for creative building reuse and preservation.
The talk was sponsored by the Acton Historic District Commission, Acton Historical Commission, The Town of Acton Department, Department of Municipal Properties and Green Acton. The lecture was free and open to the public.