Gulf Coast Green 2019
Crossroads: Inclusive Exchange


“Community Resilience and the Role of the Public Library”
”Historic Buildings and Sustainability”

*This is a two-part event*


Time and Location


3:30pm - 4:20pm

CE Credits



Part One



Community Resilience and the Role of the Public Library


The public library plays a vital role in the social infrastructure of a city, and its role is evolving from a resource of knowledge to a shared community hub and safe space. This presentation will look at current research and panel events about the library through the lens of sustainability and resilience. How do we design future libraries as sustainable institutions, especially in environmentally vulnerable cities like Houston?   



Allison Marshall, AIA, RID

Allison Marshall, AIA, RID is an Associate at Gensler and  serves as a regional practice area leader for Gensler's Education, Civic and Culture practice as well as Gensler's global Religious practice area expert. She has specialized in community-based projects for ten years, including education, cultural, non-profit and faith-based projects. Allison has been part of a research initiative at Gensler that explores this topic and recently spoke at the American Library Association  conference. 





Historic Buildings and Sustainability


We have all heard the phrase, "the greenest building is the one that is already built," coined by Carl Elefante, AIA. Yet, rehabilitating older and historic buildings is a challenge. This presentation will describe the ways that the renovation of historic buildings helps to further our carbon and climate goals, and some of the financial incentives available.  In 2015, the Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit program began and is now touted as the best in the nation. This session will include the state program and how it can be combined with other tax credit programs to support the sustainability and reuse of historic buildings. 



Anna Mod

Anna Mod is the Director of the MacRostie Historic Advisors Houston and New Orleans offices. She has over 20 years of experience as a historic preservation professional specializing in historic tax credit rehabilitations. Her publications include Houston Uncommon Modern, Building Modern Houston, and a chapter of Buildings of Texas, vol. 1, as well as articles for Cite, Texas Architect magazines and the Houston Chronicle. Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.