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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Preservationists, architects, engineers, consultants and real estate professionals are invited to a two-day training workshop on how to combine historic preservation standards with environmentally friendly designs.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) training workshop, set for Sept. 9-10, 2013, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, is sponsored by the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), in conjunction with the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

LEED is an internationally recognized program that promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability in architecture by recognizing performance selection and indoor environmental quality. The LEED rating system provides the means of certifying the “greenness” of certain projects, but has not always worked cooperatively with projects trying to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties.

The workshop will focus on general sustainability in the context of preservation and will include training and preparation for anyone interested in taking the LEED Green Associate exam.

The workshop is free for representatives of Certified Local Governments, $100 for other participants. With limited attendance available, registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

For more information contact Pam Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 720 or [email protected].

      The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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