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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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  • 1.  AIA Materials Pledge

    Posted 11-06-2020 11:38 AM
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    I'm pleased to announce that the AIA Board of Directors has unanimously adopted the A&D Materials Pledge as the AIA Materials Pledge. The Materials Pledge is an aspirational definition of holistically sustainable materials that support Human Health, Climate Health, Ecosystem Health, and Social Health + Equity in a Circular Economy. Now that the Pledge is an official AIA program, we can look forward to additional education, new tools, and firm material metrics reporting.

    The support of so many was a key factor in making it so easy for the AIA Board to adopt. We are grateful to the over 90 firms who signed on to the grassroots Materials Pledge letter in the last year and a half. Thank you to AIA staff, especially Melissa Wackerle, Saif Sadeq and Melissa Morancy, for their tireless support of this important work. Thank you to the Living Product 50 manufacturers, under the leadership of Annie Bevan and Alex Muller, who collaborate with us to "close the loop" and transform the building products industry. And, endless thanks to the members of the AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group who took the Materials Pledge from an idea to a clear set of aspirational statements and potential metrics.

    Materials Knowledge Core Group
    Ralph Bicknese, AIA – Chair
    Lona Rerick, AIA, LEED Fellow – Past Chair
    Rachelle Schoessler-Lynn, FASID, LEED Fellow – Past Chair
    Mary Dickinson, AIA
    Tanya Eagle, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Jeff Frost, LEED AP BD+C
    Brad Guy, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Jean Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow
    Heather Henriksen
    Tyler Krehlik, AIA, LEED AP
    Lauren Shumaker, LEED AP BD+C
    Frances Yang, PE, LEED AP
    Joel Ann Todd

    Annie Bevan
    Nadav Malin, Hon. AIA, LEED Fellow
    Alex Muller
    Lindsay Rasmussen
    Kate Simonen, AIA
    Wes Sullens, LEED Fellow
    Tristan Roberts, LEED Faculty
    Camp Boyd, Assoc. AIA, LEED ID+C

    Lona Rerick AIA
    Associate Principal
    ZGF Architects LLP
    Portland OR


  • 2.  RE: AIA Materials Pledge

    Posted 11-09-2020 10:13 AM
    Lona, Ralph, Rachelle and the entire MKWG team- thank you for your leadership and the opportunity to preview and provide comments as part of the AIA Sustainability Leadership Group.  The collaborative approach, outreach and engagement was really meaningful.  Thank you!

    Julie Hiromoto AIA
    Dallas TX

  • 3.  RE: AIA Materials Pledge

    Posted 11-12-2020 10:24 AM
    Thank you Kira for all your great work!

    Can we get the AIA to stand with EM?

    Franziska Amacher FAIA
    Principal NCARB LEED AP WBE
    Amacher and Associates, Architects
    Cambridge, MA. USA

  • 4.  RE: AIA Materials Pledge

    Posted 11-12-2020 10:24 AM