What is a Working Group?

LEAP has assembled four working groups that bring together representatives from both the energy industry and the historic preservation community.  The working groups are putting in a great deal of time and effort to develop a set of voluntary practices that can be adopted to manage risk to significant historic and cultural resources.

Since LEAP’s conference last year in Pittsburgh, each working group has been busy working on an updated component of the pilot project. Please consider joining their efforts and take part in creating results!

Identification & Information Resources (IIR) Working Group


Chair: Donn Grenda

The IIR Working Group is a collaborative pragmatic community of individual technical/data/knowledge management professionals. The group works together year-round to explore the roles that technology, data, information sharing, physical examination, and predictive modeling play in identifying cultural or historic resources so as to inform the efforts of the energy industry in avoiding adverse impacts.

Current Project: IIR is developing a GIS-based early screening tool for use by the energy industry. For the next few months, the group will focus on a pilot project in the Utica Shale to demonstrate the value of the tool.

Significance & Valuation (SV) Working Group

Chair: Christopher Polglase

The SV Working Group comprises individual process professionals who work year-round to explore the roles that research, analysis, prioritization, standards, business practices, and significance modeling play in balancing the need for energy development with the need for cultural protection and mitigation. This group is tackling the question of how, once sites have been identified that may be impacted by development, companies and consultants should proceed in making defensible choices in the absence of regulator oversight.

Current Project: SV is developing a model for determining the significance of sites potentially impacted by development. The group will focus for the next few months on a pilot project in the Utica Shale to demonstrate the value of the tool.


Adoption, Implementation, & Assessment (AIA) Working Group

Chair: W. Kevin Pape

The AIA Working Group includes a community of individual management and operational professionals. This group works together year-round to explore the roles that management decision-making, training, action-modeling, adoption protocols, voluntary compliance, assessment, and monitoring play in achieving internal buy-in from energy companies and associations, preservationists, and public representatives, as they take action and turn the promise of voluntary best practices into reality on-the-ground in communities.

Current Project: AIA is focusing on how the use of the early screening tool and the significance model are translated into a process that can be implemented within existing business models of energy companies. The group is drafting a user guide for implementing our voluntary practices and encouraging adoption among energy companies.

Public Value & Public Engagement (PVPE) Working Group

Chair: Chuck Niquette

The PVPE Working Group involves a community of individual public engagement and public impact professionals. These group members work together year-round to explore the roles that social responsibility, community partnerships, community investment, education, public trust, and public engagement play in positively impacting communities and their quality of life, identity, learning, jobs, and overall economic health.

Current Project: PVPE is focused on communicating the public value created through the LEAP approach. The group is exploring issues around local community involvement in determinations of significance, as well as how to articulate the powerful narrative of LEAP’s collaborative effort between the energy industry and preservation advocates.

Joining a Working Group

If you can help LEAP find a way to protect our cultural resources while supporting energy development, please join a working group! All four working groups are currently assembling, managing, and growing a collaborative pragmatic community of professionals from the energy industry, preservation community, and government. Based on the descriptions and projects detailed below, please choose the working group that best fits with your experience and interests and send an email to marion@energyandpreservation.org with the following information:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Organization
  • Email
  • Work Number
  • Cell Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Working Group of Interest