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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.

Check out COTE's history and timeline. 

Starting a local COTE or sustainability group and need some guidance? Check out the AIA COTE Network Guide here.

A big thank you to our partners: 
Founding partner: Building Green
Premier partners: Sherwin-Williams
Sustaining partners: GAF Roofing, Milliken, ROCKWOOL, Andersen Windows
Green partners: EPIC Metals, Compass Datacenters
Allied partners: TLC Engineering, Sierra Pacific Windows

Join the AIA 2030 Commitment team for upcoming free webinar, 2030 Commitment 101: Signing On & Getting Started!

  • 1.  Join the AIA 2030 Commitment team for upcoming free webinar, 2030 Commitment 101: Signing On & Getting Started!

    Posted 06-14-2023 01:19 PM

    Join the AIA 2030 Commitment team for an upcoming webinar, 2030 Commitment 101: Signing On & Getting Started!

    Architects play an increasingly vital role in reducing carbon emissions, with buildings contributing almost 40% of global greenhouse gases. How can the profession respond? Entering its 14th, year, the AIA 2030 Commitment convenes a community of practice as the urgency to mitigate climate change heightens. This session introduces this key AIA climate program and how it can assist the profession in providing an actionable climate strategy and setting goals and benchmarks for reaching net zero emissions in the built environment. Those interested are invited to learn how the 2030 Commitment can help you promote continuous improvement and elevate your practice.  

    Date & Time: June 29th, 3pm ET  

    Cost: Free  

    Earn: 1 LU 

    Register now >

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