One of the big national (urban) stories this week is that historic and old buildings are the greenest buildings. The story was picked up by a bunch of different news outlets and urbanist publications, among them The Atlantic Cities, Grist and Good Environment. You can find the source of these many articles here.
This should be very good news for Provo, which has struggled mightily with historic preservation. Some old buildings certainly cease to be functional — the old Atchafalaya building, for example, couldn’t have become a convention center. But many of Provo’s older homes and other buildings can continue to occupy a valuable place in the community. And thanks to this new research, we now know that preserving these structures isn’t just motivated by nostalgia. Rather, preservation now clearly has an environmental justification.