The Preservation Resource Center (PRC) is hosting a three-part series, “Historic Preservation in the Face of Climate Change,” to address the risks and challenges climate change presents for New Orleans and the role preservation can play in our journey towards a more resilient future.

About Historic Preservation in the Face of Climate Change

As noted by PRC, “In New Orleans, we know that it doesn’t take a hurricane to cause catastrophic flooding damage to our homes and buildings. Heavy thunderstorms, strong winds, hail and other weather-related hazards are top of mind for most residents in the city. What role can historic preservation play in the face of climate-related issues such as these?
To meet the challenges of our increasingly complex relationship with water and weather, the field of preservation must develop creative strategies for historic buildings and neighborhoods to document in the face of loss, adapt in response to change, and persist against all odds.”

Historic Preservation in the Face of Climate Change: Part 1

As our climate changes, so do our natural, built and cultural landscapes. While we strive to save as much as we can, we must consider what we are poised to lose and how efforts to record and archive can help mitigate inevitable casualties.

Event Details

April 17, 2019

6:00pm — 7:30pm

Preservation Resource Center
923 Tchoupitoulas St. 

New Orleans, LA


  • Jonathan Foret, Executive Director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center
  • Daniel Hammer, Vice President/ Deputy Director, The Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Susan Langenhennig, Director of Communications and Editor of Preservation in Print, Preservation Resource Center
The moderator for each of these panel discussions will be Ella Camburnbeck, the Community Planning and Resilience Senior Grants Manager with GCR Inc. Formerly the director of Felicity Redevelopment Inc., a New Orleans nonprofit working to restore blighted historic properties throughout the Central City neighborhood, and former house director of the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum, Camburnbeck is passionate about using preservation as a prominent tool in the pursuit of a more resilient future. She earned a Master of Preservation Studies degree at the Tulane School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.

Register for Historic Preservation in the Face of Climate Change

Partner Randy Opotowsky, who is the Secretary of the Preservation Resource Center, says, “The PRC works in many ways to create awareness and assist property owners throughout the city. I believe that preservation of historic buildings is one of the most important things we can do for our economy here in New Orleans. I encourage everyone to learn more about the Preservation Resource Center and their events.”
Presented in partnership with Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, the Historic Preservation in the Face of Climate Change series is free and open to the public.


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