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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.

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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

Practice with Purpose / Common Edge article by Bill Leddy FAIA / about LMSa's new book

  • 1.  Practice with Purpose / Common Edge article by Bill Leddy FAIA / about LMSa's new book

    Posted 01-24-2023 02:24 PM
    Architecture isn't about one or two things-it's about everything. It weaves together form and function, space and light, art and science, material and craft. It entwines us with our world, with each other, with history and culture, with the natural systems that sustain us all. But architecture has even greater purpose: to shape a resilient, zero-carbon future, enabling all species on our planet to thrive; to advance social justice, celebrating the rich diversity of the human condition, serving, and inspiring; to build equitable communities that provide safe, healthy and dignified housing for all; to create inspiring places to teach and learn, preparing young people to prosper on a rapidly changing planet; and to preserve the embodied carbon and the embodied culture of old buildings, crafting meaningful dialogues with time.…

    Kira Gould Hon. AIA
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA