Committee: COTE

Libby Barnes, Chair (

As the COTE (Committee on the Environment) Chair, I wanted to offer you some online resources to continue your personal and professional development in areas that are specific to sustainability, carbon reduction or just staying sane.

While the COTE ‘Elements’ talks (FIRE, WATER, AIR, EARTH) on the 4th Thursdays of the month have been postponed, the AIAMB will be working on making those happen either virtually or when the shelter in place ordinance has been lifted and we can safely assemble.

In the mean time I offer some suggestions:

Sign up for the 2030 Commitment. (This has been at the top of my to-do list)

Learn about the 2030 Challenge:

The mission of the AIA 2030 Commitment is to support the 2030 Challenge and transform the practice of architecture in a way that is holistic, firm-wide, project based, and data-driven. By prioritizing energy performance, participating firms can more easily work toward carbon neutral buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.

AIA CA Climate Action Series 2021


Get involved in two very promising local Committee’s addressing climate change. (contact me if interested in either)

  • City of Carmel Climate Committee
    While meetings have been postponed, they committee needs architects support and expertise.
  • Monterey Bay Climate Action Committee. A consortium of individuals such as educators, non-profits, architects, contractors and students leading the way in selecting and implementing policies, incentives, and actions related to sustainable planning and constructions and community development throughout the Monterey Bay region.

Industry Professionals Focus Group: Tuesday, April 28th, 11am

Learn about Passive House and how you can improve your building’s performance through its guidelines.

Free Online CEU resources:

Cook something new tonight.

Pull out your markers and do some doodling!

Take a walk outside, take a deep breath and be grateful we get to live in such a beautiful place.

Take care everyone and be safe!

COTE Playlist from our YouTube Channel