Advocacy



MEMBERS OF THE COTE ADVISORY GROUP MEET WITH THE STAFF OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES.


What we believe

Architects play a critical role in creating a healthy, beautiful, inclusive and environmentally responsible built environment. For the last quarter century, the AIA Committee on the Environment has represented the leading edge of this movement and sets an example for others to follow. We have no intention of stopping now.

Open letter from the AIA Committee on the Environment - November 2016




News

COTE on Capitol Hill - February 2017


Tell Scott Pruitt to protect vital programs at the EPA

With a new administration in place, new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency will be reevaluating the agency’s priorities. They believe that EPA activity is limiting economic growth and job creation – but designers know that isn’t the case. As key positions are being filled, we need to educate these officials about the importance of the programs they will be tasked with managing.

That’s why it is crucial that architects make a business case for retaining EPA programs that enable them to design healthy, energy-saving buildings. Target Finder, Portfolio Manager, and the TCSA inventory are just a few examples of the tools and resources that provide vital information for meeting the performance standards which clients demand and many jurisdictions mandate. As the administration prepares to send its budget request to Congress, decisions about the futures of these vital programs will be made over the months ahead. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Please sign this letter on behalf of your firm, or bring it to the attention of a firm leader.

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Why advocate?

Urgent issues are taking place at the federal level that could have serious consequences to COTE’s mission of advancing high-performing quality design in the built environment, which we know has a profound impact on the future of our communities. Architects and designers work within a framework of local, state and federal policy that is continually changing and we must support efforts to ensure this framework aligns with our core values.
If you are an architect or a design professional who is concerned about

  • the urgency of climate change as a national, state, and local agenda item
  • the role of new and existing buildings in progress towards a carbon neutral future
  • the security of and access to data held by federal agencies (such as DOE, EPA, GSA, etc.)
  • resilience and sustainability as priorities for communities
then you might be looking for a way to plug in to targeted advocacy focused on what you do, who you are, and what you believe is important.


The AIA Committee on the Environment is creating the COTE Advocacy Network: architects and design professionals to advocate for key issues concerning the design of the built environment at the federal, state and local levels. Please join us by completing the form here, and please share this invitation with others.

 

 
 

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Tell Scott Pruitt to
protect vital programs
at the EPA

With a new administration in place, new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency will be reevaluating the agency’s priorities. They believe that EPA activity is limiting economic growth and job creation – but designers know that isn’t the case.

As key positions are being filled, we need to educate these officials about the importance of the programs they will be tasked with managing. learn more >



Why advocate?

Urgent issues are taking place at the federal level that could have serious consequences to COTE’s mission of advancing high-performing quality design in the built environment, which we know has a profound impact on the future of our communities.

Architects and designers work within a framework of local, state and federal policy that is continually changing and we must support efforts to ensure this framework aligns with our core values. Read more >