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Innovation through Preservation: Exploring the ties between Historic Preservation and Sustainable Design

April 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Join GBA and the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) for insight into the complex and deep relationship between historic preservation and sustainability!


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Pittsburgh is home to many of the greenest and most self-sustaining buildings in the United States. From The Tower at PNC Plaza to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, these spaces offer new, innovative, and paradigm-altering methods of how buildings can be designed in a way to reduce their impact on our natural world or “go green”. However, what many fail to realize is that, often times, the greenest building is one that has already been built and that retrofitting existing structures is an immensely under-utilized method of steering a city in the direction of increased sustainability.

Join GBA and PHLF for an evening in which this complex and nuanced relationship between historic preservation and green buildings is explored further through insight into how the buildings of the past shape the sustainable building of the future in a way that lessens detrimental impact on the environment and takes advantage of embodied energy while preserving the cultural and historic integrity of a community or location. This event will feature a variety of speakers who will offer their perspectives as they relate to historic and cultural preservation, green building and design, and how we can unite these perspectives to create a living history that transforms the structures of the past into ones that can maintain culture while promoting ecological awareness and restoration.

The panel discussion and subsequent Q&A session will be moderated by Ben Hochstetler, Program and Resource Coordinator at Green Building Alliance.

This event will be hosted in the offices of Strada, LLC in the Regional Enterprise Tower (the former Alcoa Building) and will use that building as a case study for exploring this topic. Join us!



6:00 – 6:30: Registration, food, drinks, and networking

6:30 – 7:30: Presentations

7:30 – 8:00: Moderated Panel Discussion and Q&A


Learning Objectives

  • Explore the nuanced relationship between historic preservation and sustainable design, and expand our definition of what it means to “go green.”
  • Identify how historic preservation can help with goals of LEED and green buildings, including the reduction of construction waste (Materials & Resources credit: Construction & Demolition Waste Management Planning).
  • Learn about LEED v4’s new Location & Transportation credit: High Priority Sites and how it encourages project teams to develop in historic districts..
  • Learn about LEED v4’s new Materials & Resources credit: Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction and how it rewards project teams for renovating historic properties.


This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI BD+C CEUs and for 1.5 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


About the Speakers:

Sean Beasley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
One of Strada’s newest principals, Sean’s expertise covers residential, commercial, educational, and hospitality projects, but he is particularly skilled with adaptive reuse and historic preservation work. He burnished his reputation while spearheading the nationally-recognized Market Square Place project, and has continued to excel through the renovation of a number of historic buildings to create residences, hotels, offices, and educational spaces.


Karamagi Rujumba, Director of Communications and Advocacy, PHLF

Karamagi Rujumba is the Director of Communications and Advocacy for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), where he coordinates all media relations, public affairs and advocacy. He represents PHLF on preservation issues at all levels of community and government engagement and also manages the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, an education space where PHLF offers workshops, lectures and film screenings on all aspects of preservation, architecture and urban planning.


Louise Sturgess, Executive Director, PHLF

As Executive Director of PHLF, Louise oversees and often teaches and leads engaging educational programs based on the region’s built environment and is primarily responsible for PHLF’s educational programs that reach more than 10,000 people each year. On any given day, Louise is a fundraiser, editor, program organizer, lecturer, or tour guide. Through her work Louise promotes the value of historic preservation and reveals the national importance of Pittsburgh’s history and architecture.


Leslie Montgomery, LEED AP BD+C, Education Director, Green Building Alliance

Leslie serves as Education Director at GBA and is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of all of GBA’s education- and networking-related events. In collaboration with the organization’s managers, she creates education and training programs for Membership, Pittsburgh 2030 District, Green & Healthy Schools Academy, and Knowledge Network.  Leslie also works with partners throughout the region to deliver high-quality, informative programming.







April 6, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Leslie Montgomery


Strada Architecture LLC.
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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