Preserving and taking care of what we have literally begins at home.
Preservation's grand-scale impact, however, goes far beyond the important work of reusing existing buildings or making them more energy
Preservation is inherently about building a future for our communities that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.
Historic preservation supports environmental sustainability. It is recycling on a grand scale.
Rehabilitating buildings reduces demolition waste and disposal pressure on landfills. It builds on resources that are already in
place – our existing roads, sewer and water lines – and reduces automobile dependence through the rehabilitation and
revitalization of historic neighborhoods – many with existing schools, parks, churches, and retail pockets.
Historic preservation respects open space and reduces sprawl. It is inherently about smart growth – growth that is
Preservation supports economic sustainability. It encourages reinvestment in existing communities and local economic bases. It reclaims
superior building stock and makes underused resources more productive. It encourages economic revitalization of downtowns,
neighborhoods, and Main Streets.
Historic rehabilitation creates more local jobs per million dollars of investment than new construction because it is generally more
labor and skill-intensive than new construction.
It creates new jobs as well as new businesses. And as it enhances local
business and retail activity, it enhances the fiscal health of localities.
There is a healthy circular connection between preservation and prosperity. You can see it at work in communities that take advantage
of Virginia's historic rehabilitation tax credits and in communities that adopt the Virginia Main Street approach. You can see it in
the economic impact of Virginia's tourism—in the numbers of people who come to Virginia, year after year, to visit our historic places
and treasured landscapes.
Preservation also supports social sustainability. It protects and celebrates the social and cultural resources that define and unite us
as Virginians and Americans. It enhances our quality of life by preserving and restoring the fabric of community life.
It inspires people to revive historic areas and reclaim community legacy. It promotes heritage tourism and taps historic resources as
educational resources. The National Trust for Historic Preservation coined the term "Beyond Green."