Preservation and Sustainability: Could the Concept of Using What We Have Be Gaining Traction?

This Oregonian editorial draws attention once again to the connections between sustainability and historic preservation: “Use what we have”. In recent months Metro has begun talking about this concept, albeit more broadly. Last September, Metro COO Michael Jordan announced his Strategies for a Sustainable and Prosperous Region. We can only hope that these actions lead to positive results in the preservation of our communities and traditional neighborhoods.


Filed under Historic Preservation, Local History, Modernism + The Recent Past, Schools, Sustainability

3 responses to “Preservation and Sustainability: Could the Concept of Using What We Have Be Gaining Traction?

  1. This topic was also featured earlier in the week in a discussion on the Portland Architecture Blog.

  2. I understand the desire to make the link between ‘sustainability’, which has a passionate following in the area, with historic preservation (which can be cool), but sustainability isn’t usually one of even the first three things I consider when I believe buildings ought to be preserved. I worry pushing that angle might leave historic buildings vulnerable, despite arguments about stored energy, etc., to people who want to knock down and build some LEEDS building in recompense

    • useitorlooseit

      Preserving an historic building is the ultimate recycling. We are not only keeping the stored energy intact, we are keeping it out of the landfills. Sustainability is not just a new buzz word, but the heart of historic preservation. As a professional preservationist, I do not preserve a building because of its beauty, but because of it structural integrity and life expectancy. Look at the Montgomery Wards building as a great example.

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