2021 Preservation Symposium: Nantucket in Response to Rising Seas
Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget comprise one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States. Our unique built and natural environment has long been recognized for its scenic beauty and historic and cultural importance. Yet, like many coastal communities around the globe, the long-term survival of Nantucket is threatened by rising sea levels.
At last year’s Rescuing History conference, we explored strategies for adaptation to sea-level rise being developed both on Nantucket and other historic coastal communities. In 2021, we will pivot from a focus on adaptation strategies to the issues of climate change mitigation strategies and sustainability. We will explore best practices and success stories for solar power in historic districts, as the Nantucket community looks to lessen our dependence on energy generated by fossil fuels. We will also explore issues related of the environmental costs of demolition, looking at deconstruction and architectural salvage as alternatives, and engage with the idea that the greenest building is the one that is already built.