This session will lead participants in an in-depth exchange discussing how to incorporate climate action and adaptation principles into preservation planning, featuring a case study from the Climate Heritage Peer Learning Exchange hosted by the City of San Antonio in 2019. The speakers will introduce scalable strategies for integration of sustainability goals in local design guidelines and review policies as well as best practices for coordinating with local climate planning exercises. Building on the framework of San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, the speakers will focus on how to ensure equitable implementation of mitigation and adaptation strategies through the use of an equity screening, which includes consideration of themes including affordability and access, health, and cultural preservation among others. We will also highlight innovative, community-engaged programming that can help meet shared goals of affordability, sustainability, resilience, and preservation, including workforce development, circular economy, and traditional building trades training programs.
Jenny Hay, PhD ScoutSA Program Manager, Office of Historic Preservation, City of San Antonio