Green & Main Sustainable Renovation Workshop #2

March 9, 2011—As part of the ongoing Green & Main educational efforts, the second workshop in a series of six will take place on Friday, March 11, 2011. The second workshop will cover Planning and Design, Historic Preservation Considerations and Financing. The Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) is providing the educational component of the series.

The workshop presenter, Chaden Halfhill, developer of the Green & Main initiative, will speak on fundraising solutions for high performance buildings, visioning and collaborative efforts, and integrating sustainability with historical preservation expectations.

“We are going to take a frank look at the challenges of integrating sustainability and preservation issues,” said Mr. Halfhill. “We will have a dialogue about what are some of the synergies and what are some of the pitfalls with blending new technologies and sciences with old technologies and historical precedent.”

The series presents the opportunity to learn more about the renovation of the historic H & H Grocery Store in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines. This renovation—the Green & Main Pilot Project—is remodeling a mixed-use masonry building built in 1933 according to USGBC LEED Platinum certification guidelines, including sustainable improvements in storm water management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and historic preservation.

Friday’s class will take place between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Wallace Centers of Iowa located at 756 16th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50314. The cost for the workshop is $20 for COSC members and $35 for non-members. Lunch is included. Register online at or call Leslie Berckes at 515-707-2787 (