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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.

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Starting a local COTE or sustainability group and need some guidance? Check out the AIA COTE Network Resources here.

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Founding sponsors: Building Green
Premier sponsors: Sherwin-Williams, Stantec
Sustaining sponsors: GAF Roofing, Milliken, Andersen Windows,
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Allied sponsors: TLC Engineering, Sierra Pacific Windows

COTE Network Update

By Bunny Tucker AIA posted 04-16-2024 01:19 AM


COTE Network Update

By Bunny Tucker, AIA, CPHD

The COTE Network will host its second quarterly call of the year on Tuesday May 7, 2024 at 2:00 pm ET. The discussion, titled “New Chapters, Old Chapters, and Everything In Between” will focus on the work taking place in various regions. Join us for case studies from AIA South Carolina COTE (Mason Malsegna), AIA Indiana COTE (Daniel Overbey, Joe Yount, Reva Derhammer), AIA San Antonio COTE (Benjamin Rosas, Sandra Montalbo), and AIA Philly COTE (Roshni Krishnan, Katherine Urbaniak, Danielle Fleischmann). Group discussions will focus on big questions that COTE Chapters are facing: How to increase participation? How to start fundraising? How to successfully plan events? and How to approach policy & advocacy work? The Quarterly Call will be followed by COTE Office Hours from 3:00-3:30 pm ET. 

Additional Resources:

  • For more information on the COTE Network, including registration for our quarterly calls for COTE Chapter leaders, please visit our KNet page here.  
  • 2024 COTE Chapter Guide can be found here.
  • The latest version of the Common App for Design Excellence and supporting resources can be found here.
  • COTE Chapter Leaders contact list
  • Forms to update contact information (will update the database above)

Bunny Tucker, AIA is an architect at Shape Architecture Studio in Denver and a certified Passive House designer.  She serves as a co-chair of the COTE Network. Prior to architecture, she studied environmental policy and taught high school science with Teach for America. She combines her background in sustainability with her passions for educational and environmental justice to design spaces that contribute to human health, address climate change, and restore ecosystem function. As a leader within the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), she works across groups to advance a low carbon economy. She has taught comprehensive design studio at Drexel University and served on design juries at Georgia Institute of Technology and Temple University.