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ALBION DISTRICT LIBRARY BY PERKINS + WILL IS A 2018 COTE TOP TEN RECIPIENT. IMAGE: DOUBLESPACE PHOTOGRAPHY

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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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If you missed the 2020 Top Ten Toast, download a recording here

A big thank you to our partners: 
Founding partner: Building Green
Premier partners: Kingspan, Sherwin-Williams
Sustaining partners: GAF Roofing, KawneerLucifer Lighting Company, ROCKWOOL
Green partners: AutodeskEPIC MetalsHKSThornton Thomasseti
Allied partners:TLC Engineering

GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future

This 2019 video was compiled by GAF, a COTE sponsor. 

Vivian Loftness on the Design the Future podcast

By Kira L. Gould posted 12-04-2020 12:45 PM

  

The inimitable Vivian Loftness, FAIA, is a professor in the architecture school at Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, serves on the boards of AIA, ILFI (and other orgs), and is a crazy smart systems thinker who can visualize and articulate change (in industry, education, and design culture). She joined me and Lindsay Baker on the Design the Future podcast and we talked about the critical pull of standards and about using the Triple Bottom Line to cost-justify better buildings (and encourage owners to think about net present value). Vivian shared a few items on the list she keeps of things she’d do if she were in charge, including declaring that all buildings be designed for “environmental surfing.”

Design the Future is part of the Acuity Brands’ Women in Sustainability platform. Listen here or find us on your favorite podcast app: https://lucidconnects.com/women-in-sustainability

Thank you to our tireless producers: Karen Doss Becker and Morgan Phelps.

#designthefuture #womeninsustainability #womeningreen #femaleleadership #architecture #climateaction

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