Learn All About Preserving Jacksonville

April 15, 2012 by  

The Restore Jacksonville Conference will take place at the Jacksonville Main Library from May 2-6. Tickets are $25 per day or $50 for all five days; tickets at the door are $30 each day. The conference is a presentation of the City of Jacksonville’s Planning and Development Department and Riverside Avondale Preservation.

The conference is aimed at homeowners, those interested in preservation of historic buildings and contractors. It will feature lectures, contractor training sessions, workshops, and an Artwalk. In addition, there will be luncheon speakers, educational sessions and historic sustainability tours (which require a separate registration). Speakers will include Jill Gotthelf, Steve Mouzon, Donovan Rypkema and Walter Sedovic. The keynote speaker will be Steve Thomas who will talk about green renovation techniques.

The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Committee will be handing holding their awards presentation ceremony on May 5. There will be a Urban Land Institute breakfast on May 4 which requires a separate registration.

It is always in the best interest of any community to preserve its history. It shows us where we have come from and preserving older buildings shows our respect for our history. In addition, there is a real push for green renovation so as not to increase any environmental damage of the area. Many Jacksonville companies are already taking steps to become greener. For example, most printing companies these days use recycled paper, vegetable-based inks and make sure to dispose of any chemicals they might use in a safe and responsible manner.