In this course, you will discover the important role that public policy plays in historic preservation and sustainability. You will evaluate sustainable ideas and translate them into actionable plans. You will then develop those actionable plans into legal mechanisms for encouraging sustainable policies in your own community. By the end of this course, you will be prepared to engage with public policy decision making and strategy as you progress through your career.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
Sustainable Historic Preservation
Embracing the Worth of Existing Buildings
Advocating for Sustainable Preservation
Developing a Community Plan for Sustainable Preservation
Economics of Sustainable Preservation
Key Course Takeaways
Integrate a planning mindset with sustainable preservation
Identify opportunities to insert preservation principles into planning policies
Implement preservation as a value within planning policy
Propose preservation practices to meet planning policy objectives
Visiting Lecturer; College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; Cornell University
Katelin Olson, Ph.D., AICP, developed a love of historic architecture growing up in a Craftsman home in Riverside, California.
A certified planner through the American Planning Association, Professor Olson has an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning (2009) and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University (2018), as well as a B.A. in History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University (2005). She bridges the divide between rehabilitating dilapidated properties in the greater Ithaca area and serving as the appointed preservation planner for the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission (since 2013) and the Town Supervisor for the Town of Ulysses (since 2022).
A working mom with four kids, Professor Olson believes that careful treatment of the existing built environment is the most sustainable, replicable method of improving American communities and contributing to a healthier, more ecologically robust planet for everyone. She lives with her family in Trumansburg, NY.