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The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design...

The 2016 white paper information can be found here.

Committee Chairs
Blake Jackson AIA /
Steven L. Burke, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, AP O+M /
The Committee on the Environment is part of the Building Technologies Commission.

Upcoming Events

March 20, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Prepare to Present @ ABX 2018 Come discuss ideas, get input from colleagues, get help creating a proposal (which is due March 31), and enjoy a small...


Presentation PDF from March 15, 2017 available for download here
AIA + 2030 Professional Series   What 2012 attendees are saying: "It was refreshing to attend a course which was...
Thank you for taking the extraordinary step of signing the AIA 2030 Commitment. The next step is to aggregate data from...
The following individuals are running for leadership positions for COTE and will help lead a discussion of the future of BSA...
Presentation PDF from 07.08.2015 available for download here
On June 19th a Forum on Sustainable Public Policy was held at BSA Space, jointly sponsored by USGBC/MA and AIA Massachusetts...
AIA 2030 Commitment In 2013, BSA COTE members aggregated and analyzed anonymous data from participating Boston-area firms....
Many firms have taken the extraordinary step of signing the AIA 2030 Commitment. The Boston Society of Architects Committee...

Past Events

November 21, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Community Resilience: The Role of Design

In an era of federal inaction and confusion, community and civil society organizations are in unique position of strength in terms of understanding how best to address the needs of their constituents. Designers can be proactive in this critical emerging area of practice, playing an increasingly pivotal role in helping communities:

Navigate complex needs assessments to identify critical vulnerabilities and strengths, especially as we face a changing climate.
Leverage existing partnerships and develop new connections to funding and technical assistance.
Democratize planning, strengthen local capacity, and put local ingenuity into action.
The panel will feature an exciting mix from academia, design and planning practice, and community leadership:

Daniel P. Aldrich, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Masters Program in Security and Resilience, Northeastern University
Dumas LaFontant, Executive Director, Lower Roxbury Coalition
Rashmi Ramaswamy, Director, SHED Studio
Dave Hampton - Co-chair, BSA CORE and Principal, re:ground LLC - will moderate.

Practice your participatory design enquiry skills with a simple collaborative exercise, while our panelists give real-world insight.

To learn more about the Committee on Resilient Environments, visit

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

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October 18, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Comparison of Health-Focused Rating Systems: WELL and Fitwel

There is an increasing interest around how the built environment impacts our health, and the design community is becoming much more proactive about incorporating evidence-based approaches to better impact occupant health and well-being. Two new ratings systems, WELL and Fitwel, have recently emerged upon the marketplace with the same goal in mind - to promote better health outcomes through better, measurable design; however, these systems, while similar, are very unique in their approach, certification process, etc.

This presentation will give a brief introduction to both systems, pointing out where they complement other ratings systems like LEEDv4, where they synergize, and where they diverge in order to help the audience understand where each can be employed - in tandem or standalone - to promote better health outcomes in the built environment, as well as to meet the health and wellness goals of their clients and projects moving forward.

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

October 3, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Climate Ready Boston: Rise Up! Workshop

Climate Ready Boston is the City of Boston’s flagship climate mitigation and adaptation strategy.
This workshop will specifically point to projected climate impacts, explore adaptation strategies, and lead attendees in developing effective skills in preparing for those impacts within their own communities. Feedback from the workshop will be shared with the City for use in shaping strategies for strengthening Boston’s climate resiliency.
BSA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE) co-present this workshop as part of the Climate Ready Boston Leaders program.

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

To learn more about the Committee on Resilient Environments, visit

September 20, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Living Building Challenge in Massachusetts: Lessons Learned from Hampshire College The R.W. Kern Center is the gateway to Hampshire College and...
June 21, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Battle for Wellness Dominance: WELL vs. Fitwel There is an increasing interest around how the built environment impacts our health, and the...
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