Main Street News - April 2009

Green Streescape

Cover of the April 2009 issue of Main Street News

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How "Green" is your Main Street?
By Doug Loescher
Introduction to the special "Green Issue" of Main Street News. Discusses what sustainability means to commercial district revitalization and also provides background on how the National Trust got involved with sustainability and its sustainability initiative.

Greening Main Street Buildings
By Kennedy Smith
Older Main Street buildings are ideal models of sustainability. There is no method of construction that is more environmentally responsible that rehabbing an old building. This article looks at the typical green features of older commercial buildings and how they can be made even more sustainable.
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Greening Main Street Businesses
By Kennedy Smith
Sustainability in commercial districts goes beyond greening buildings or rehabbing historic structures. Business owners can take actions to be more sustainable too in their business practices, merchandise offerings, reduction of fossil fuel usage, dealing with waste, and more. This article provides tips and examples of how to green a small business.

From Main Street to Green Street: LEED Certification for Sustainable Neighborhoods
by Therese Dorau
Learn about the US Green Building Council's newest rating systems, LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development), which offers credits for certified communities and buildings.

eco-Andersonville: Green Businesses Certification
by Andrea L. Dono
Andersonville, a neighborhood business district in Chicago, learned that its local businesses and customers were interested in sustainability and developed its own green small business certification program.

Green Public Spaces (Online-only)
by Kennedy Smith
Sustainable design isn't only for buildings - it also extends into the public space. Learn about how storm water management, rain gardens, outdoor lighting, heat from the street, and more factor into how green your Main Street commercial district can be.

Baltimore Rehab: Socially Responsible Development
by Tom Liebel

A case study on the HF Miller & Sons Tin Box and Can Company sustainable rehab project in Baltimore, which incorporated several socially responsible aspects into the development.

More information:

Read articles in Preservation magazine's recent issue focused on sustainability for more green historic preservation topics.

For news and more resources from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, visit our Sustainability Initiative's homepage.