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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
Allied partners:TLC Engineering

GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future

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

has your firm signed on to the AEC/RE Build Back Better letter to the Biden Administration?

  • 1.  has your firm signed on to the AEC/RE Build Back Better letter to the Biden Administration?

    Posted 02-26-2021 10:25 AM
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    130+ AEC/RE firms signed on to a clear, focused recommendation for the Biden Administration relating to climate response and the building industry. It's not too late to add your firm / organization name to this call, by 10 March, for the latest version of the letter.

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    PRESS RELEASE: Architecture, Engineering and Construction Leaders Call on Biden to Take Action on Green Building

    If your business or organization is involved in any way in the realm of the built environment (both buildings and infrastructure), we welcome you as a signatory. We want to grow our list of signatories by March 10, and then resend the letter with the expanded signatory list back to the White House to confirm, and punctuate, how ready the buildings and infrastructure industries are to rise to meet the climate challenges associated with our important, but emissions-intensive work. To sign the letter, please complete this form and once you do, please share this post.


    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA