Members of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation met via Zoom on July 29, 2021, for their summer business meeting. The audio of the proceedings is now available.
Highlights of the meeting included member discussion on climate change and its effect on historic properties across the country. Vice Chairman Jordan Tannenbaum will appoint a member panel to carry out an assessment of key challenges and priorities for addressing them. Members supported a number of motions directing the vice chairman to convey their thoughts to Congress on topics such as addressing the protection of cultural resources through the work of climate and conservation corps; supporting current provisions of surface transportation and infrastructure legislation; supporting the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act and tax credits for rehabilitation of historic structures; supporting the Amache National Historic Site Act; and conveying the importance of digital information to facilitate efficient reviews of infrastructure projects.
President Joe Biden's nomination of Sara Bronin as the next ACHP chairman has been sent to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Her confirmation hearing has not yet been scheduled. The ACHP is planning to host a series of webinars for students to talk about careers in historic preservation and how to preserve important historic sites in their communities. The next business meeting is tentatively scheduled for November; details are forthcoming.