I was in Buffalo recently at the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a moderator of a panel discussing sustainable communities.
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the mandate "to help communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment." This is an organization made in TreeHugger heaven, as we have been going on for years about the relationship among the three. Perhaps that is why I was invited to moderate the panel of John Freece of the EPA and Jennifer Cribbs of HUD.
I prepared a little backgrounder on the sustainable communities and how they relate to historic preservation, and on some of the threats facing the preservation movement as related to the environmental movement.
And one of the biggest threats to sustainable communities and to the preservation movement is the notion that it is all about density, when in fact it is all about transportation.