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The Committee on the Environment is to accelerate the Minnesota architecture community’s implementation of sustainable design, and to shape and advocate for policies that meet the urgent need for climate action, environmental justice, and a regenerative future. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance. Join us to: 

  • Learn how to speak to legislators and help shape AIA Minnesota’s climate action-oriented policy work;
  • Expand your skills in sustainable design and environmental justice;
  • Strengthen and learn from our network of sustainable design subject matter experts; and 
  • Share our vision of a sustainable future with clients and the public.



Join the COTE mailing list to get 1-2 emails per month with information on monthly meetings and upcoming events. 

AIA Reports from COP 26

For the first time in our history, AIA has a delegation attending COP26, the global climate action conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. Check out daily reports on all the action!

Live from COP26 Oct 31

Live from COP26 Nov 1

Live from COP26 Nov 2

Live from COP26 Nov 4 thru 6

Summary in The Urbanist

Upcoming Industry Events

Carbon Leadership Forum: Introduction to SE2050
Tuesday, January 25, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
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SE 2050, launched two years ago, is a challenge to the structural engineering industry to report, reduce, and ultimately reach net zero embodied carbon in its work. CLF Chicago is convening a discussion with representatives from different firms around the U.S., about their successes and challenges in putting the SE 2050 commitment into action. Hear from national sustainability leaders representing SOM Structural, KPFF, MKA and Thornton Tomasetti about their efforts and how the entire A/E/C industry can get behind this important work.

Regenerative Construction Ecosystems
Community resilience & adaptation with sustainable forestry, Passive House & industrialized construction.
Hosted by The Passive House Network
Wednesday and Thursday, January 26-27
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Regenerative Construction Ecosystems is a free 6-hour symposium, over two days, focused on how wood industrialized construction deployed to meet the Passive House standard, can lead to decarbonized environments that are resilient and adaptable to our changing environments.

Hosting an event of interest to COTE members? Complete this form to be added to the AIA Minnesota website! Please tag your event to the kCOTE committee to appear on this page.

View our Charter.

Co-chairs: Marco Vincent, Assoc. AIA, and Simona Fischer, AIA
Chair-elect: Thea Rozenbergs, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIA MN and Sheri Hansen
Meeting date: Second Friday of the month, 12:00 pm