The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation and Town Green


The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation and TownGreen/2025 present a
Community symposium called ‘HISTORIC PRESERVATION & ARCHITECTURAL SUSTAINABILITY?’ at the Meetinghouse, Saturday, November 11, 2:00-6:00pm

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The event will explore whether preserving our older homes and buildings is compatible the goal of becoming “green” through presentations, responses from a distinguished panel, and ample time for audience Q&A.

MORE INFO: Cape Ann is actively pursuing two goals that are sometimes viewed as separate or opposed. One is for the preservation of our historic buildings and homes, especially as Gloucester’s 400th anniversary approaches in 2023. The other is to seek alternate sources and minimize energy consumption, reducing our overall carbon footprint to counter the global forces of climate change.

We ask the question of whether preservation and sustainability can be complementary rather than competitive goals. The Symposium is designed to provide a friendly and informative forum in which residents may interact with professionals to see how these two worthy goals may go together.

The mission of TownGreen/2025, an initiative under the GMF and working with the Gloucester Clean Energy Commission, is to help Gloucester become less reliant upon fossil fuels and approach being carbon neutral in a decade.

More information is available at

LOCATION: The historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the green at the corner of Church & Middle Street. Parking is available on the green, next door at St. John’s Church, and at the Sawyer Free Library. Side entrance with an elevator is at 10 Church St.

ADMISSION: Free (offerings gratefully accepted), refreshments available

MORE INFORMATION (not for publication)
EVENT CONTACT: Charles Nazarian, president, Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation at or 978-821-5291

November 11th 2017, Symposium

Historic Preservation & Architectural Sustainability

Draft Sequence (revised 10-30-17)

2:00pm Welcome & Statement of Purpose Charles Nazarian
2:10 Greeting from the Mayor Sefatia R-Theken
2:15 Review of Terms/Definitions Maureen Aylward
2:25 Vision of Carbon-Neutral: TG/2025 Susan Hogue
2:40 Q&A panel
2:50 Break
3:00 Historic Preservation Guidelines Prudence Fish
3:15 Example: City Hall Maggie Rosa
3:30 Conserve, Fix or Replace…greener? Action, Inc.
3:40 Q&A panel
3:50 Break
4:00 Building Products & LEED Measures Peter Nobile
4:30 One Builder’s Perspective Carl Thomsen
4:40 Q&A panel
5:00 Solar Sharing Program Isaac Baker
5:15 Carbon Sequestration, RTT Dick P.
5:30 Example: AirKrete Dana Nute
5:40 Q&A panel
5:55 Closing Charles N.
6:00 Sortie

Paul McGeary Former City Council President, Member CEC
Bill Remsen Preservation & Restoration Architect
Walter Beebe-Center Owner, Essex Restoration (TBD)

4 thoughts on “The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation and Town Green

  1. Donna – I have something I send you on something like this that my (Dad/Father/POPS took place of biological father gained three boys and daughter) was involved in 1991 think you will like it symposium also…:-) Dave & Kim 🙂 Can share it too if you like! Scanned copy so may not be fine quality but readable…


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