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Committee on the Environment (COTE) Resources

BSA sustainability statement

Architects have a unique responsibility for the sustainability of the built environment. This responsibility extends beyond the design of high performance buildings to include project siting and impacts on transportation, water, land, air, and habitat.

All projects can and should minimize energy and resource demands to combat climate change and provide healthier communities.

We advocate laws and standards that promote not only sustainability but also improved integration of the built and natural environments.

The BSA will be a leader in educating designers, contractors, owners, and the public about inspiring and environmentally responsible design, construction, operation, and renovation of the built environment.

AIA + 2030 Professional Series

What 2012 attendees are saying:

"It was refreshing to attend a course which was truly rooted in obtainable means for saving energy. Most helpful was the layout of the overall course, broken down to different subjects in each seminar, where we were reminded not only of the basics, which we can all too often glance over, but also more in-depth ways to incorporate them into our own practices."

Stephanie MacNeil, AIA, LEED BD+C
HMFH Architects, Inc.

AIA 2030 Commitment Reporting Project

AIA 2030 Commitment
Beginning in 2014, BSA Committee on the Environment members aggregated and analyzed anonymous data from participating Boston-area firms.

The Commitment
The AIA 2030 Commitment is a growing national initiative that provides a consistent, national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project's energy performance. To truly rise to meet the energy reduction goals of 2030, we have to apply the principles of sustainable design to every project from its inception and early design through project completion and ongoing building operations–not just those projects where our clients wish to pursue third party green building certification. The profession can’t meet radical building energy use reduction targets one project at a time and architects are embracing the challenge at hand by thinking differently about sustainable design.

Share your firm's data and help strengthen the commitment. Email Giovanna Araujo at [email protected] for details.

UIA 2050 Commitment

The International Union of Architects has made a similar commitment globally. At the roundtable in August 2014 in Durban, South Africa, 124 countries adopted the commitment. It pledges that future design will be carbon neutral by 2050.

For more details check out:

Chicago’s AIA 2030 Commitment

Chicago started collecting data from firms in the city back in 2010. They started with 6 offices and now their data includes 15 offices.

Take a look at the results they got:

For more, visit the AIA 2030 Commitment site.

AIA 2030 Challenge Report Roundtable

December 14, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston10 years into the 2030 Challenge we find ourselves evaluating our strides and seeing how far we have to go for success. Firm participation is growing and the amount of reporting is increasing nationally. New tools and resources are being provided that will ease the documentation process and provide greater value for tracking your firm's performance.

On Monday, December 14th the BSA and the Committee on the Environment will be hosting a presentation and discussion on these topics that promises to enlighten. The 2014 Boston reporting results for the 2030 Commitment will be shared and discussed as we evaluate Boston's ongoing progress toward meeting the 2030 targets.

Come and learn from your peers during an engaging evening about what is happening in Boston relative to the rest of the country. Discover which strategies have succeeded and which have fallen short. A presentation of new resources and their capabilities will be followed by a discussion of how this all fits into a bigger picture.

View and download the report.

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