Meeting Date: Second Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm

The AIA Dallas Committee on the Environment (COTE®) is a knowledge-based committee that educates and advocates for built environments that promote a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future for all communities and natural environments in North Texas.

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Committee On The Environment

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.

The committee reflects the profession’s commitment to providing healthy and safe environments for people and is dedicated to preserving the earth’s capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life. The committee’s mission 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.

COTE provides the AIA with knowledge about environmental issues and advises the Institute on environmental policy matters affecting the practice of architecture. The committee supports cooperation with educators and institutions of learning, manufacturers, government agencies, environmental organizations, and industry groups in advancing environmentally sound design processes and standards, as well as environmentally innovative materials and integrated systems.

Building Better Communities

In 2022, COTE will be offering a series of conversations to discuss goals, plans, and policies to shape communities to be more equitable, resilient, and sustainable.  This three-part series will start first at a local level by discussing the goals and categories of the Dallas CECAP, moving regionally to conversations happening around the North Texas Region, and finish with a review of metropolitan plans / policy in other areas of Texas. 

Design Excellence Product Showcase

The Design Excellence Product Showcase brings together designers and product manufacturers to educate, share, and showcase independent third-party certified building materials and products.  The showcase highlights sustainable products and provides a venue for design professionals and produce manufacturers to collaborate on ingredient disclosure and transparency as we work towards decarbonization of the building sector.  This event takes place every other year, with the next one scheduled for 2023.