Historic Preservation Expert Details Strategy for Re-Use of Historic Buildings at Kansas City Public Library

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For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2008
Contact: Paul Smith
Historic Preservation Expert Details Strategy for Re-Use of Historic Buildings
at Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for the next installment of the Conversations on the Environment series on Wednesday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Admission is free.

Moe explains how the preservation and re-use of historic and older buildings can – and should – be an important component of any effort to promote sustainable development during a presentation called Historic Preservation: The Ultimate Recycling. Moe argues that the conservation and improvement of our existing built resources, greening the existing building stock, and reinvestment in older and historic communities, is crucial to combating climate change.

As president of the National Trust, Moe leads the organization in its mission to save the nation’s diverse historic places and create more livable communities for all Americans. Under his direction, the National Trust has become an outspoken and effective advocate of controlling sprawl and encouraging smart growth, and launched innovative initiatives to demonstrate preservation’s effectiveness as a tool for community revitalization and as a key element in the fight against climate change. Moe is the 2007 recipient of the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum, and is co-author of Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl, a study of the causes of urban decline and the use of historic preservation as a tool for revitalization, published in 1997.

A 6 p.m. public reception precedes Moe’s presentation. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

Conversations on the Environment is a year-long series of thought provoking presentations by recognized experts on how we can improve our environment and transform our community through sustainable living. Partners in the series include ASTRA Enterprises, BNIM Architects, the Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Business Journal, Rainy Day Books, Kansas City Public Television, Bridging the Gap, Greenability Magazine and the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

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