COTE's Mission and Goals

By Brian D. McLaren AIA, CAE posted 12-31-2017 12:00 AM


COTE Mission

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is an AIA Knowledge Community working for architects, allied professionals, and the public 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.

COTE leadership revised the Mission and Goals in 2020 to honor COTE's 30th Anniversary. 

COTE Goals


COTE will expand its partnerships, actively listen, and act collectively.

We ENABLE transformation.  

COTE will help architects transform their practices for climate action and climate justice.   

We CHRONICLE design excellence. 

COTE will elevate stories about people, buildings, and positive change. 

We ADVOCATE for change.  

COTE will promote policies that advance the AIA’s mission and ours.

We STRENGTHEN our network.  

COTE will connect and empower the COTE community and allies.