This news brief appeared in the May issue of PRC’s Preservation in Print magazine. Interested in getting more preservation stories like this delivered to your door nine times a year? Become a member of the PRC for a subscription!

All politics is local, the adage proclaims. One might say the same of preservation; city governments and local nonprofits like PRC play a central role in historic preservation across the United States. The preservation field also can make meaningful contributions to the national dialogue about racial justice, a nationwide shortage of affordable housing, and even international commitments to prevent catastrophic climate change.

In an effort to marshal the power of place-based preservation to address these and other timely social issues, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has teamed with the Preservation Partners Network, a coalition of state and local preservation nonprofits that includes PRC. The joint project aims to create a National Impact Agenda for the preservation movement in America.

PRC Executive Director Danielle Del Sol is a board member of the Preservation Partners Network. PRC Policy Research Director and Advocacy Coordinator Nathan Lott serves on the climate change working group helping set goals for the National Impact Agenda.

In addition to working groups, the planning process calls for outreach to experts and allies outside the preservation community. A draft framework will be released this spring, with the goal of finalizing the document in time for Pastforward 2021, the annual conference presented by the National Trust. The event will serve as an opportunity to coalesce preservationists around key goals for the decade ahead.

“As our nation grapples with significant challenges — from racial injustice to climate change and the ongoing pandemic — the work of preservation has never been more important. The complexity and scale of these challenges require collaborative, coordinated action,” according to a National Impact Agenda infographic.