The Ames Historic Preservation Commission will host the fourth in a series of free public lectures.

Laura Carstens, planning services manager for the city of Dubuque, will present the lecture, "Old is the New Green: Preservation + Sustainability." The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 515 Clark Ave.

Historic preservation is considered by many to be a poster child for sustainability. Carstens will share insights about the Dubuque approach to historic preservation and sustainability. She has degrees in environmental studies and environmental planning, and she is a member of the American Planning Association.

The city of Dubuque has had strong programs in both areas for many years. Recently, Dubuque’s sustainability partnerships were featured in a National League of Cities report. As Dubuque’s planning services manager since 1989, Carstens has overseen a major overhaul of Dubuque’s historic preservation code and creation of a capital improvement program for historic preservation. She will share insights about the Dubuque approach to historic preservation and sustainability.

This lecture series is sponsored by the Historic Preservation Commission, Ames Smart Growth Alliance, Preservation Iowa and the Ames Historical Society. The lecture is free.