Go Green for a Healthier Planet
Honor the past
• Communities across the country are grappling with questions about what to do with their older buildings. While we generally think that preserving historic buildings is a way to honor our past, it’s time to understand that it is also a way to protect our future, says Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
• Much attention about reducing greenhouse gas emissions is focused on cars, trucks, trains and airplanes. But according to the Pew Center on Climate Change, the transportation sector accounts for 32% of America’s carbon dioxide emissions, while well over 40% of our carbon emissions are produced by the construction and operation of buildings.
• By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don’t want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you’re pouring your morning cup ‘o joe.
• We must realize that any solution to climate change must include new construction and the continued use and retrofit of our existing buildings.
That’s where historic preservation can play a significant role.