Sustainable Communities

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The 8th Avenue West Village in New York demonstrates how reinvestment in existing neighborhoods encourages economic development and walkability,  and celebrates a community’s history and culture.

The conservation and improvement of our existing built resources, including re-use of historic and older buildings, greening the existing building stock, and reinvestment in older and historic communities, is crucial to making our urban places greener, more livable, and healthier. Find in-depth information on how preservation contributes to creating sustainable buildings and neighborhoods and access the latest research and policy tools that can support broader economic, social, and environmental goals in your community.

The National Trust and Sustainability

  • Preservation Green Lab: Learn more about the value of reusing and retrofitting older buildings, and policy solutions that enable communities to leverage their most sustainable assets: existing buildings.
  • National Main Street Center: Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

Creating Sustainable Communities

Preserving older and historic buildings is an essential means by which a community can achieve greater sustainability. Conserving buildings not only prevents demolition waste from entering landfills and reduces sprawl by encouraging the revitalization of our existing communities, but has been proven to be a powerful economic tool and social connector. Read More.

Greening Older and Historic Buildings

The construction, operation and demolition of buildings accounts for well over 40% of the United States' carbon dioxide emissions. Reusing and retrofitting our existing built resources is the first step to cutting these emissions and ensuring that our communities are more sustainable. Read More.