Notes from New Orleans: Historic Green

Posted on: March 20th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

Deconstruction of rear addition of property in the 5100 block of Dauphine Street in Holy Cross.For most of this month Historic Green is in town, an ambitious initiative which is combining the values of the historic preservation movement with those of the green building/sustainability movement. Last Saturday, Emily Wadhams, our Vice President of Public Policy, spoke about the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Sustainability Initiative at a forum that was part of Historic Green’s activities in the Lower 9th Ward.

The deconstruction of 5200 Dauphine Street in Holy Cross.Also on the program were Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council; Bill Dupont, UT-San Antonio professor and Trust consultant; and Rick and Hazel Denhart of Mercy Corps. The audience consisted of about 50 or 60 volunteers in town to work on various projects primarily in Holy Cross, including the deconstruction of some Preservation Resource Center Operation Comeback projects, which Emily, Bill, and I visited after the presentations.

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