Historic and Green - A New Climate Agenda

Historic and Green - A New Climate Agenda
Friday, January 24, 2020 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
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Historic preservation is, at its core, an exercise in sustainability. Older buildings are often energy-efficient, made with renewable materials (such as wood or brick), and longer-lasting. Moreover, maintaining an existing structure avoids the environmental costs of replacing it with new construction. Despite their environmental benefits, Connecticut’s historic places face unprecedented threats, including climate change and needless demolition. Preservationists must recognize that in the face of these threats, not everything can be preserved. At the same time, preservationists must build consensus for changes to law and policy that protect historic places in service of environmental goals.

This UConn School of Law conference, cosponsored by the State Historic Preservation OfficeCarmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLPPreservation Connecticut, and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association aims to craft a statewide policy agenda that recognizes preservation as a fundamental environmental value.

Panels will focus on:

  • Documenting the status of and threats to historic sites;
  • Reducing potential damage to historic places through performance, construction, and siting standards; and
  • Ensuring that disaster response encompasses historical and cultural resources at all levels, from planning to recovery.

$50 for those seeking CLE or AICP CM credit, free for the general public, parking $1/hour. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. 

RSVP by January 17, 2020 by clicking here

IMPORTANT NOTE: While we encourage commuting, public transportation, and bicycling, those seeking to park a vehicle on campus must pay $1/hour through the PayByPhone system. On-street parking is also available where posted.


8:30 am - 8:45 am
Check in and Continental Breakfast
Reading Room
8:45 am - 9:00 am

Sara Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair of Real Property Law and Faculty Director, UConn Center for Energy & Environmental Law 
Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of Culture, State Historic Preservation Office
Joseph MacDougald, Professor in Residence and Executive Director, UConn Center for Energy and Environmental Law
Jacqueline Kaufman, Partner, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessy LLP

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Lecture: Framing the Issue

Why do we need to build a consensus that historic resources and sustainability go hand in hand?  And how can the law help us make historic places more resilient? 

Sara Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair of Real Property Law and Faculty Director, UConn Center for Energy & Environmental Law

9:15 am - 9:30 am
Lecture: Documenting Connecticut’s Resources & Threats

How is the state documenting historic resources and environmental threats to them?  How could the public benefit from this information? 

Jenny Scofield, State & National Register Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office

9:30 am - 9:40 am
Stakeholders Speak: What are the top legislative priorities at the intersection of preservation and the environment? 

Jane Montanaro, Executive Director, Preservation Connecticut  

Mike Piscitelli, Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association

9:40 am - 10:35 am
Panel 1: Resilience Lessons Beyond our Borders

How do other places improve the resiliency of historic places? 


Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director, the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Eastern Connecticut State University                   


Lisa Craig, Principal, The Craig Group

Joseph Cornish, Director of Design Review, Boston Landmarks Commission

10:35 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:00 am
Stakeholders Speak: What are the top legislative priorities at the intersection of preservation and the environment?

Mary Falvey, Executive Director, Hartford Preservation Alliance

Curt Johnson, Executive Director, Connecticut Fund for the Environment

Lori Brown, Executive Director, CT League of Conservation Voters

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Panel 2: The Greenest Buildings

How do state laws/programs on energy efficiency, demolition by neglect, and renewable energy impact the sustainability of historic properties? 


James Albis, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection


Leticia Colon de Mejias, Chair, Efficiency For All

Brian Farnen, ’02, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, Connecticut Green Bank

Libby Reinish ‘20, Student, UConn Law School

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch and Legislative Response


Timothy Fisher, Dean and Professor of Law, UConn Law School


Senator Cathy Osten, Trustee, Preservation Connecticut

Panelists (invited): 

Senator Christine Cohen

Representative Jonathan Steinberg

Representative Cristin McCarthy-Vahey

Representative Matt Ritter ‘07

Representative Mike Demicco

Representative David Arconti

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Lecture: Hazard Mitigation Planning

What is a hazard mitigation plan?  How has the State incorporated historic properties into hazard mitigation planning now?  What improvements are needed? 

Dave Murphy, P.E., CFM  Manager of Water Resources Planning, Milone & MacBroom, Inc.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Panel 3: Resiliency & Disaster Planning


Shubhada Kambli, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Hartford


Ryan Rowberry, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Co-Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, Georgia State University College of Law

Rebecca French, Director of Resilience, Department of Housing, State of Connecticut

Deanna Rhodes, CCAPA, Director of Planning & Neighborhood Services, Norwich

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Open Discussion: Building a Statewide Agenda

What are the key elements of a statewide policy agenda reconciling environmentalists and preservationists? 

3:30 pm
Networking Reception

Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
Deb King
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at law.access@uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.