The Knowledge Community on the Environment (kCOTE) 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. kCOTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance.

Co-chairs: Theresa Olsen, AIA, and Mike Refsland, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Second Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 am at AIA Minnesota

April Meeting Announcement

Current Legislative Topics and Calls for Action
Thursday, April 12, 7:30 - 9:00 am
AIA Minnesota Boardroom

Following our March 22 Day on the Hill, J. Drake Hamilton, Climate Scientist with Fresh Energy, will provide us with an update on current legislative discussions. She will identify bills we should be watching in both the House and the Senate and provide background to how they may affect future work by architects and sustainability efforts.

If you are unable to attend but would like to participate via teleconference and/or Zoom, contact Deanna Christiansen.

March Power Point

Electric Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure presented by Jukka Kukkonen, Plug In Connect & MNPEVOC

February Power Point

Energy Design Assistance - Current Offerings and Partnerships presented by Brian Wass, AIA, LEED BD+C, energy project manager, The Weidt Group.