Join Historic Seattle for a Screening of “The Greenest Building”


The Greenest Building

Documentary Screening and Discussion
Where: Central Library Auditorium – 1000 4th Ave., Downtown Seattle
When: Thursday, March 13, 6 – 8 pm
Registration: Free/donation

Over the next 20 years, Americans will demolish one third of our existing building stock (over 82 billion square feet) in order to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy efficient “green” structures.  Is demolition in the name of sustainability really the best use of natural, social, and economic resources?  Or, like the urban renewal programs of the 1960’s, is this well-intentioned planning with devastating environmental and cultural consequences?

The Greenest Building, an hour-long 2011 documentary by local film producer Jane Turville, has its first Seattle screening this March. The film presents a compelling overview of the important role building reuse plays in creating sustainable communities.  Narrated by David Ogden Stiers, The Greenest Building explores the myth that a “green building” is a new building and demonstrates how renovation and adaptive reuse of existing structures fully achieves the sustainability movement’s “triple bottom line” – economic, social, and ecological balance.  The film reveals:  (a) how reuse and reinvestment in the existing built environment leads to stronger local economies that can compete on a global scale, (b) that sense of place and collective memory, while intangible, are critical components of strong sustainable communities, and (c) the direct correlation between reuse of existing buildings and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, degradation of the natural environment and overuse of precious natural resources.

If you are interested in buildings, community development, sustainable communities or just plain want to find out if existing buildings really are worth keeping, plan to attend this special event. Producer Jane Turville introduces the film, The Greenest Building, and moderates a discussion by a panel of experts, including Chris Moore, Executive Director of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Michael Malone, Principal, Hunters Capital, and Mark Huppert, Senior Director, Preservation Green Lab at National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Visit and click on “Events” for descriptions of all events for the year. You can request a copy of the program brochure for yourself and for colleagues and friends at (206) 622-6952, ext 221. Register online. Historic Seattle looks forward to your participation and support in 2014.

Seattle Public Library
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
National Trust Preservation Green Lab
Hunters Capital
AIA Seattle
ULI Northwest
Seattle Architecture Foundation

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