COMMITTEES
COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
PHOTO: UCI Mesa-Court Towers. Mithun. Photo Detail: Bruce Damonte

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design.


COTE NEWSLETTER

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COTE MEETINGS

AIA|LA COTE meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. For location and time, please reach out to the COTE Chairs.


Principles

COTE is dedicated to preserving the earth’s capacity to sustain a shared, high quality of life, and reflects the architecture profession’s commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people, while preserving our natural resources.  The committee’s directive is to lead and coordinate the profession’s involvement in environmental and energy-related issues and to promote the role of the architect as a leader in preserving and protecting the planet and its living systems.

Activities

As committee of the AIA COTE strives to educate and inform the (design) community about environmental and preservation issues, and advises the Institute on policy matters affecting the practice of architecture.

Advocacy and outreach for educators, students, public and private institutions is provided through various formats, including symposia, lecture series, architecture tours and educational programs.


EVENTS
April 19 2024
1.5°c Symposium 2024
The 7th Annual 1.5°C Symposium on Climate Change was dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the pivotal role played by Embodied Carbon in our industry. This issue stands as one of the most pressing challenges we face in our lifetimes(careers). Our mission was to delve into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of this matter while underscoring the urgency it presents to both ourselves and the environment.
March 29 2024
Construction And Demolition Debris Material Recovery Facility Tour At IRS Demo Solid Waste
An educational tour demonstrating where and how the interior finishes and furnishing that AEC industry specify would end up. We explored alternative ways to divert building materials from landfill.

2023 COMMITTEE CHAIRS
CHAIR
Tommy Zandi, AIA
VICE CHAIR
Brendan Townes Bailey, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, LFA
PAST CHAIR
Megumi Hironaka, AIA
STAFF LIAISON
Will Wright, Hon. AIALA

CREDITS
PHOTO: Banner: UCI Mesa-Court Towers. Mithun. Detail of image by Bruce Damonte