Committee: COTE


2023 brings new optimism as the COVID 19 pandemic wanes and we can do more in person and see more of each other. It is also the point at which we can now put to action all the great learning we’ve done through the past few years of webinars, especially at integrating sustainability, resiliency, climate action and equity, into our projects. If you missed any of the programs the AIA Monterey Bay put on last year, please check out our YouTube recordings on this page. 

Beginning with the 2023 Renewal Cycle, California architects must take 5 hours of coursework in Zero Net Carbon Design (ZNCD) in order to renew their license. Here is a link to get these credits.

2030 Committment

Last year we introduced members to the 
2030 Commitment. Has your firm joined the hundreds of other firms across the country committing to net zero carbon emissions by 2030? In addition to signing the Commitment, firms need to put together a Sustainability Action Plan. Check our our webinar from November of 2022 on easy steps to make this happen. 


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

On March 10th we will have a webinar, ‘Getting to Know the AIA Materials Pledge’, with an author of the 
Prescription for Healthier Materials, Frances Yang of Arup, as well as Lona Rerick, architect and sustainable materials leader at ZGF Architects in Portland. This webinar will will discuss the Materials Pledge, benchmarks and resources for specifying healthy materials. Register today!

In addition, we look to bring you webinars on specific materials such as concrete and insulation. 


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. 



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:


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]