Advocacy


 

MEMBERS OF THE COTE ADVISORY GROUP VISIT SENATE COMMITTEE STAFF.

Tell the Department of Energy to protect vital tools for architects

Thanks to those of you who lent the support of your firms to our recent letter highlighting the importance of EPA programs to architects. The letter has been delivered to EPA Administrator Pruitt as well as Members of House and Senate Energy Committees on Capitol Hill. Moving forward, it will continue to serve as a strategic outreach tool to advocate with legislators for architects' concerns.

Now, the design industry must also stand up for vital programs at the Department of Energy. Architects rely on DOE programs, resources, and research to do their jobs effectively. We need to educate key officials about the value of the programs they are now tasked with managing. Once again, we must make a business case for retaining DOE programs that enable architects to design high performing buildings.

DOE’s Building Technologies Office research and programming, code development and energy modelling support, and Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data are just a few of the tools and resources that help designers meet the performance standards clients demand. 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 new letter on behalf of your firm, or bring it to the attention of a firm leader.

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Participate in a Webinar on AIA COTE Federal Advocacy Strategy

May 9 at 2pm ET

If the daily news makes your blood pressure rise, this is an important webinar for you to attend. Join AIA Federal Relations leaders and COTE members to learn about the long-term COTE Federal strategy to impact the budget decisions on programs and resources at the DOE and EPA. Learn how your voice matters and the important influence that architects can have as recognized leaders in the built environment.

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News

COTE delivers a letter supported by 775 firms to the EPA

A big Thank You to every firm that signed our first Call to Action, a letter to the Administrator of the EPA. The final signature count was 775 firms representing 48 states – a great showing! This letter has been sent electronically to EPA headquarters as well as staff for the relevant committees and member offices on Capitol Hill. We will be using this letter as we move forward on meetings with Congress and the Administration to discuss these issues. Download the letter >

 

COTE on Capitol Hill - February 2017



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



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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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 >