Knowledge Communities

Committee on the Environment (COTE®)

AIA Atlanta COTE® supports regenerative design practices and integrating built and natural systems to create sustainable, resilient, and equitable buildings and communities. Our meetings unite owners, contractors, engineers, landscape architects, and sustainability consultants to share strategies. COTE’s work includes:

  • Workshops and monthly lectures
  • Advocacy with government and civic organizations
  • Supporting the 2030 Commitment towards a carbon-free built environment
  • Synergies with the AIA Framework for Design Excellence to create better buildings

AIA 2030 Commitment

Going carbon neutral

The AIA 2030 Commitment is an actionable climate strategy that outlines a set of standards and goals for reaching net zero emissions in the built environment.

The latest climate data tells us that reducing carbon emissions is not enough. To make the biggest impact, we must all commit to net zero emissions by 2030—a path that requires strong, immediate action. Since the built environment creates a staggering 40% of the world’s emissions, architects, engineers, and owners play a key role.

  • Related AIA Courses

  • AIA+2030 Online Series Certificate Program

    The AIA+2030 Online Series is an educational program aimed at providing AIA members and other design professionals with the high-performance building knowledge necessary to meet the 2030 Challenge targets.
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  • Performing Beautifully: Lessons from 2022 COTE® Top Ten Award-winning Teams:

    Examine 2021 COTE Top Ten projects through the lens of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence to highlight innovative, replicable models for more sustainable development regardless of project type, size, or location.
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  • The State of Climate Action in the Building Sector: How Architects Can Make a Difference

    Join this session to explore the latest state of knowledge on climate change, targets, goals, and regulations set to mitigate its worst effects, and what you, as an architect, can do to help.
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  • Zero Energy Buildings

    This session on zero energy buildings introduces their foundational terminology, concepts, and strategies. Topics covered include defining zero energy, understanding site energy vs. source energy, the cost of zero energy buildings, setting goals, historically informed architecture, and passive design strategies.
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  • Leadership


  • Chair

    Frances Hamilton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

  • AIA Avisor

    Bill Abballe, AIA

  • Educational Coordinator

    Ganesh Nayak, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, GGP, NGBS

  • Co-Chair

    Position Open

  • Communications

    Position Open


To apply for an open position, please contact us here
Chair: Paul McKeever, AIACo-chair: Open

Sustainable Sites

Chair: Meg Needle, AIACo-chair: Open

Water Efficiency

Chair: Kelly RobertsCo-chair: Open

Energy & Atmosphere

Chair: Bill Hotch, AIACo-chair: Open

Indoor Environmental Quality/Materials & Resources

Chair: Erich R. Swett, AIACo-chair: Open


Chair: Delton MooreCo-chair: Open

Education & Outreach