Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Mission

to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that empower all AIA members to realize the best social and environmental outcomes with the clients and the communities they serve.

Goals

  • Help architects transform their practices for climate action and climate justice   
  • Elevate stories about people, buildings, and positive change 
  • Advocating for the AIA 2030 commitment. 
  • Advocating for more sustainable projects in San Mateo County and working with the local government to achieve that
  • Work with San Mateo College to have more emphasis on sustainable design in their curriculum  
  • Advocating for LEED, WELL, fitwell etc.
  • Adapting the AIA framework for design excellence (formerly the COTE Top Ten Measures)
  • Implementing the common app design excellence form in future design awards program 

Programs & Opportunities

  • Organizing workshops and learning sessions  
  • Organizing panel discussions with local building officials, planning department, contractors, developers, clients
  • Provide resources to help implement sustainable design strategies to our members 
  • Tours of green buildings
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