Committee: COTE


This year we had four successful webinars focused on the theme ‘Green Specs.’ The
goal is to encourage all architects transform a ‘standard’ spec by incorporating green goals, objectives and products that take into consideration life cycle, durability, toxicity, energy use, carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.

If you missed the general talk on Green Specs with guest speaker Anne Hicks Harney, go to the COTE page on our website.

We also had 3 other wonderful lectures:

  1. EARTH – Saving our Soils (Division 1)
  2. Division 1-Construction Waste Management
  3. Division 5-Mass Timber

City of Carmel Climate Action Committee
The committee’s purpose is to produce a Climate Adaptation Plan and conduct
public outreach to educate the community on impacts and things they can do. Hearing from various partners and stakeholders is going to help us prioritize our climate threats and recommended actions. We need a member to attend their virtual meetings and advocate on behalf of the AIA COTE committee and our mission. Their mission statement can be found at

MB United Way/AIA alliance on ADU’s
I attended monthly meetings with the ADU Advisory Group Policy Subcommittee whose aim is to assist homeowners with the ADU construction process. We need a member to sit on this committee to assist the United Way in promoting sustainable practices within the ADU construction industry.

Building Decarbonization Practice Guide: A Zero Carbon Future for the Built Environment

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 that public and our membership. Please reach out to me if you are interested! 

COTE Playlist from our YouTube Channel