For three days in September 2009, some of the nation's most respected thinkers and practitioners in the fields of historic preservation and sustainable building will converge on Sweet Briar College to explore and chart the moving frontier of historic preservation and sustainability. Through the generosity of our sponsors and partners-- the Department of Historic Resources, Sweet Briar College, the City of Lynchburg and the National Park Service --Preservation Virginia is pleased to make this entire conference available for the very affordable price of $99. Stipends are also available to encourage state facility managers  and architectural review board members of Virginia's CLGs to attend. 

For photographs of the conference, Lynchburg Walking Tour or Photographs during the Conference.

For a complete schedule, click here.

For a campus map (including the location of the Elston Inn (#2) on the Sweet Briar Campus), click here.

Registration is now closed for the Preservation Virginia Conference (17 September 2009).

There is no on site registration.

Who Should Attend?

The conference aims to attract an audience that reaches beyond the preservation and professional preservation 'choir' to include the rich variety of players who are involved in sustainability and historic preservation:  facility managers of historic institutional, residential and commercial buildings,  historic property owners and home owners,  preservation tradesmen and women, local preservation commissioners and architectural review board members, builders, developers and investors, the green design and sustainable building community; state and local officials, local and regional planners, downtown development officials, community advocates for  history, historic preservation and smart growth, leaders in Virginia Main Street communities and historic neighborhood organizations, National Trust Members; Preservation Virginia Members; AIA Members, as well as educators, administrators and students with an interest in sustainability and historic preservation.

Nationally Renowned Speakers You Will Hear

  • Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED, Principal for Preservation at Goody Clancy Architects in Boston, keynote speaker at the conference and four-time National Trust Honor Award winner.  Jean has  led  Goody Clancy's restoration of some of the most distinguished landmark buildings in the country, including H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church in Boston, the  exterior restoration of the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., and 12 other National Historic Landmarks including buildings on the campuses of Harvard and Yale Universities,  A  national leader in the effort to integrate sustainable design practices and historic preservation, she is the author of Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings, to be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.
  • Rich Sliwowski,  P.E., Director of the  Department of General Services (DGS) for the Commonwealth of Virginia,  oversees state  policy directives on sustainable design and  maintenance of state-owned buildings.  Rich was  chiefly responsible for superintending the award-winning restoration and expansion of the Virginia State Capitol.
  • Mike Jackson, AIA, a national authority on the metrics of  embodied energy  in historic buildings, chief architect of the Illinois Preservation Agency and the  Illinois  Main Street program, a member of the Association for Preservation Technology's technical committee on sustainability, and a Professor in History and Preservation in the Architecture School of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.
  • Patrice Frey, Director of Sustainability Research for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, former associate of the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, and a national authority on the application of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards to historic buildings.
  • Ron Staley, FAPT, Senior Vice President and Director for National Preservation of the Christman Company, brings to the conference 29 years of construction experience. Since opening Christman's mid-Atlantic regional office in Alexandria in 2003,  Ron has directed Christman's work on the Virginia Capitol restoration, the historic restoration and sustainable renovation of President Lincoln's cottage and the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Richmond Center Stage Historic Theater Renovation project and the restoration of the Mutual Building - Christman's own national headquarters in Michigan, which recently became the world's first dual platinum LEED certified building.


Plenary Sessions and Topics You Will Explore

  • What is the connection between sustainability and historic preservation?
  • How can renewing existing buildings help save our planet and our future?  
  • How can we make historic buildings greener without losing their integrity as cultural resources?      
  • How are public agencies at all levels addressing green building issues in historic buildings?
  • How can historic property owners make their historic homes greener?
  • What is the National Trust's Sustainable Preservation Initiative?
  • What have we learned about the sustainability of historic preservation? 
  • What is the builder's perspective on making historic buildings sustainable?
  • How can we make sense of the amazing variety of green building standards?
  • Where can we go for practical tools and information on sustainable preservation?
  • How can we build stronger bridges between the preservation and emerging green communities?             

Hands-on Workshops, Breakout Sessions, Walking Tours, Practical Case Studies Are All Included in the Registration Package

  • How are sustainable design practices being applied on Main Street in downtown Lynchburg?
  • How could they be applied to two different types of historic buildings on the Sweet Briar campus?
  • What do the Federal Stimulus Bill and Green Job Initiatives: mean for historic preservation and sustainability?
  • How are local communities greening their local historic districts?
  • How are local architectural review boards responding to applicants who want to green their historic buildings? What are the critical issues? What are the best solutions?
  • How can we build a sustainable preservation alliance in Virginia? 
  • How do preservation and sustainability work at Poplar Forest, Menokin and Tusculum?
  • How is Sweet Briar College greening its historic campus?

Conference Sponsors

Dominion Resources, Department of Historic Resources, Sweet Briar College, City of Lynchburg, National Park Service, Historic Lynchburg Foundation, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Craddock Cunningham Architectural Partners PC and the Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center, Sadler & Whitehead Architects, The Honorable & Mrs. W.Tayloe Murphy, Jr. and Mrs. Katherine T. Mears