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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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To learn about the Framework for Design Excellence (formerly the COTE Top Ten Measures), click here.

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 Tomasetti, Skanska
Allied partners:TLC Engineering

GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future

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

join us for the COTE Top Ten Toast on May 20

  • 1.  join us for the COTE Top Ten Toast on May 20

    Posted 6 days ago
    This year's COTE Top Ten Toast is coming up ... it's Thursday, May 20, 430-6pm ET. 

    We will celebrate the Top Ten Awards winners and the winners of the COTE/ACSA Top Ten for Students Competition ... and breakout for discussions with practitioners, students, and more who are interested in climate action and climate justice through design.

    If you have not already done so, please register (free) at this link---

    And encourage others to join as well. This is open to all.

    We will have many of the jury members presenting the awards ... and we will have breakouts for COTE Community Conversations. We'll be discussing questions about the practice transformation, climate action, and climate justice. 

    Thank you!

    Questions? let me know!

    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA
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