Preservation and Green Infrastructure: An Unlikely Couple or Match Made in Heaven?
Elements of green infrastructure, such as green roofs, have become the norm in new developments throughout Western New York, but can they also be part of historic preservation projects? We will visit successful preservation projects in Buffalo focused around green design features while preserving a site’s historic character and discuss the obstacles and challenges involved in such projects. We will visit the Town of Clarence, the oldest town in WNY and a traditional farming community grappling with suburban development on these lands. An innovative land bank program will be discussed, and we will visit a green print property and see an active farm who reclaimed existing farm structures for their intended purpose. We will also visit Spring Street in the Village of Williamsville, an underutilized road that was transformed into a vibrant “B Street” of activity through the Village’s initiative to make the street as a model of green infrastructure and stormwater management. The Village Square around the restored 1811 Williamsville Water Mill has become a hub of activity with small businesses opening shop along the street, beginning with Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream. A panel will examine how this type of intensive green infrastructure investment can be the lynchpin for organic, incremental economic development.
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Health, Safety and Welfare
Identify principles of planning, preservation and engineering which contribute to the development of green infrastructure.
Recognize farmland parcels’ character-defining features warranting preservation.
Measure green infrastructure improvements by analyzing surrounding economic investments.
Apply principles of storytelling and story framing to define a preservation-challenge to find alternate modes of funding.
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