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GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future
This 2019 video was compiled by GAF, a COTE sponsor.
Resolution 19-11: Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action, sponsored by Betsy del Monte, FAIA, and fifty members of the Institute passed with 4860 voting in favor, 312 voting against, and 28 abstaining. The new piece of business proposed that AIA prioritize and support urgent climate action to exponentially accelerate the “decarbonization” of buildings, the building sector, and the built environment. In addition to calling for revisions to AIA Public Policies and Position Statements, the resolution advocated that the Institute engage its full membership, clients, lawmakers, and communities in a multi-year education, practice, and advocacy strategy.