Mai Tran
Historic Preservation and the Environment
Grossmont College

Health Education 120 Mr. Hazard

15 Points

The Environmental Chapter has many important parts - here is one that is surprising not in your textbook - how historic preservation is a key part of the environment debate.
The "greenest homes are the ones already built" - how is tearing down an 80 year old 1,500 sq ft bungalow or Spanish Revival home and throwing it in the landfill (one third of our landfill is construction debris), building a 5,0000 or 6,000 sq ft new home with a few "green" features good for the environment?
Assignment: Write a 3 to 5 page paper answering the following questions:


REMEMBER, "cut and paste" is not acceptable for college work. A few quotes is fine (make sure that you reference them), however excessive "cut and paste" (greater than 10%) is not acceptable and will result in zero points or an "F".

Your work must be original, DO NOT CUT AND PASTE FROM THE SOHO WEBSITE! I provide you with references to help you, cut and paste is regarding as CHEATING - refer to the class syllabus for more info on this.

1. What is Historic Preservation and why is it important today? Give at least three specific examples. (2 points)
Historic Preservation is an action to conserve old buildings and areas which reflect elements of local or national cultural social, economic, political, archaeological or architectural history. It is important for human to transmit our understanding of the past to future generations, advances the education and welfare of citizens, and provide economic and aesthetic benefits.
3 example: Friends of B'nai Abraham, Restoration of Stained Glass Window. HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank" City of Thief River Falls, Historic Carnegie Library Restoration. And HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank" Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota, HVAC Evaluation of Sokol Hall.

2. Who is Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO), what is their mission? (2 points). PLEASE do not "cut and paste" - use your own words to describe this historic preservation organization. Give at least three examples of HOW they educate, advocate and preserve important and historic sites and cultural resources in San Diego County.

Save Our Heritage Organization is a non-profit organization with many people try to protect historic architecture and landmarks around the San Diego, California area.

3. How does historic preservation help our environment? (3 points). Give at least three specific examples.

It help to save resources, development consume less energy, recovers the worth of the past energy investment.
Destroying old building can waste money and energy to waste treatment.
Building a new building in 50,000 square foot need the amount of energy equal driving a car for seven hundred years.
Constructing new house need a lot of wood, paint. Historical Preservation can save a lot of money and help to save trees, forest and also the environment.

4. Name three ways that you can restore older homes and keep them "green". (3 point) Replacing original wood windows (made of old growth wood that will last over 200 years is NOT an answer). Be specific and give examples.

We can restore the material when it still good for use. When moving to the new house, some people usually take a way the old furniture even thought it still good. Reusing old material can save a lot of money.
We should take care the wood floors. Old wood floor was done carefully and properly. It has a high value. We can clean it and paint other protects liquid.
We should not replace original plaster, which is a key historic element of any old house, with inferior drywall. That replace can change value of your home.

A Little Background:

Environmental Sustainability
Historic preservation is an effective tool for valuing and protecting our environmental resources, including those that have already been expended as well as those not yet used. Because it encourages us to reuse sound older buildings instead of abandoning or demolishing them, and to revitalize existing neighborhoods instead of building sprawling new subdivisions, preservation is "recycling" on a grand scale.

The Costs of Building Construction and Demolition
The United States is responsible for 22% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, though we have only 5% of the world's population.  In the United States, building construction and operations account for 48%