Committee: COTE


This year we are focused on AIA programs that support firm wide sustainability measures.

 In March we had a webinar on the AIA 2030 Commitment. This webinar is posted on this COTE page. The AIA 2030 Commitment is an actionable climate strategy that gives us a set of standards and goals for reaching net zero emissions in the built environment. Over 400 A.E/P firms have adopted the 2030 Commitment tracking their portfolios energy performance. Have you signed the Commitment? Read more on how you can (and should) participate.

In the second half of the year we hope to bring you a webinar on the AIA Materials Pledge and a How To on putting together a Sustainability Action Plan, which is required once you sign up for the AIA 2030 Commitment. Get a head start on learning about this by going to the AIA’s SAP guide.

Advocacy is an important component to our work on COTE. However, we need members to step in and support our efforts. Advocacy includes knowing about local housing elements, economic development elements, design standards and other jurisdictional policies that affect our profession. Is there a state or federal bill our chapter needs to know about and weigh in on?, let us know. If you are passionate about this, please contact Libby at her email below. 


AIA Framework for Design Excellence

The Common App for Design Excellence
Learn what the Common App is about and why it is important for your practice and submitting projects for design awards. Brought to you by the AIA California.
Common App Webinar

A nice series of resources to assist with your projects:


I don’t know about you all, but I’ve definitely increased my Podcast listening. Here are some great podcasts you might enjoy:
• How We Survive
• Metropolis Deep Green
• Outrage!+Optimism
• Design: Ed (architect interviews by Architectural Record)
• TED Climate

Meeting the 2030 Commitment

In the coming year we will focus our educational programming on the 2030
Commitment and the Common App for Design Excellence. To support the 2030 Challenge, the American Institute of Architects created the 2030 Commitment Program, aimed at transforming the practice of architecture to respond to the climate crisis in a way that is holistic, firm-wide, project-based, and data-driven. Over 400 A/E/P firms have adopted the 2030 Commitment, and firms from all over the country have been tracking and reporting projects since 2010, with over 2.7 billion ft2 of project work reported in 2016 alone. COTE will bring you webinars/educational sessions on what this program is all about and how to implement it, no matter your firm size. Stay tuned!

If you want to get a jump start, visit the AIACA’s Climate Action page to review the
following 2030 programs from this past year:

The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE®) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

The COTE committee needs active members to participate in our activities that serve the public and our membership. Please reach out to me if you are interested!

Contact Libby Barnes, AIAMB COTE Director
[email protected]

COTE Playlist from our YouTube Channel