Old is the New… New: The Essential Role of Existing Buildings in Addressing Climate Change

Jean Carroon FAIA, LEED Fellow

Goody Clancy

Principal - Design, Preservation and Sustainability
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

at 6:30 pm

236 Richards Hall
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The path to a sustainable, equitable world flows through existing buildings. To quickly, creatively, and persistently address carbon reduction goals, while enhancing social and cultural wellbeing, we cannot rely on improving efficiency in new construction, which constitutes only two-to-four percent of current building activity. We have billions of square feet waiting to be transformed and renewed—this is the great opportunity. Explore how yesterday’s buildings are being made to work for today and tomorrow, increasing urban vitality while decreasing climate impacts, and making old the new new


Jean is a principal at Goody Clancy, a Boston-based architecture, planning, and preservation firm. A former chair of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and 2019 president of the Boston Society of Architects, her practice focuses on the stewardship of existing places to shape a healthy resilient world. A double graduate of the University of Oregon, she joined Goody Clancy in January 2000 after having her own architecture practice.  A lover of stories, in her free time she travels and reads.