Green Revival is a GHF initiative that merges environmental sustainability with historic preservation.

The initiative was founded in 2010 through the rehabilitation of a pre-1900 historic house using advanced technologies aimed at reducing the energy-use and carbon footprint of the historic house.  This project, which became known as the Green Revival House, achieved LEED Platinum certification and further demonstrated the compatibility of historic preservation and environmental awareness.


The Green Revival House is a LEED Platinum certified house showcasing the compatibility of historic preservation and environmental efficiency.  Completed in 2011, the house has been featured in both preservation and environmental magazines, and has received a variety of recognitions and awards for its commitment to environmental health in the context of our built history.

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The Green Revival House, built in 1891, took no shortcuts in utilizing the most energy efficient technologies available.  From Energy Star-rated appliance, to solar power energy, the house has only a fraction of the carbon footprint for a house of comparable size, character, and age.

This project was made possible through the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The 1772 Foundation, and our Green Revival Partners.



The Rain Barrel Program provides discounted rainwater harvesting barrels for Galveston residents.  Harvested rainwater is a sustainable irrigation method for landscaping and gardening, while also providing an economic benefit by reducing water bills.

Program Price: $39.50 (normal price $98.00)

Eligibility Requirements for Discounted Price:
•    Must be a Galveston resident.  The buyer is to provide a water bill with a Galveston address.
•    Only one rain barrel can be purchased at the program price.
•    Buyer must attend a short educational session on rainwater harvesting and sustainable living.  Please call for a schedule of upcoming sessions.

About the Ivy Rain Barrel
•    50 Gallon Capacity
•    Made with 50% Recycled
•    Plastic
•    43” High/22”Diameter
•    Made in the USA

Program Contact: Michael Guillot, Director of Preservation and Conservation Services, at 409-765-3425.


GHF is working to educate owners of historic buildings on ways they can weatherize their properties and make them more energy efficient while also respecting their historic character. Please keep an eye on our website and E-Blasts for more information on these events.

Galveston Green Guidelines
– Strategies for building projects on the Texas Gulf Coast

National Trust for Historic Preservation Resources for Historic Homeowners
– Weatherizing tips, FAQ’s, product information

National Trust for Historic Preservation Weatherization Guide for Older & Historic Buildings
– Information on roofing, windows, insulation, and mechanical systems
– Resource guides, tip sheets, and case studies on weatherizing historic buildings

The Family Handyman website
– Great how-to explanations on weatherizing doors

This Old House website, resources on repairing and weatherizing windows – Airtight Windows in 9 Steps
-Article detailing how to remove a window sash and insert weather-stripping

Window and Door Tutorials

National Trust for Historic Preservation Windows Links & Resources
– Links to outside resources on windows. Tons of Links!

Kansas State Historical Society videos on window repair

Old House Journal magazine article index, Windows

Old House Journal magazine article index, Doors

Bob Yapp’s Preservation Resources Inc.
– Bob Yapp yappin’ about windows and other preservation issues. He is a great resource for preservationists in nearly every subject.

How to Replace a Window Pane

How to Repair Sash Windows

How to Replace Window Sash Cords

Old House Journal website, How to Restore Sash Windows
-Easy to follow step by step removal and repair of sash windows

Environmental Health

The Environmental Protection Agency website on Lead Based Paint safety