AIA Pennsylvania Adopts 2030 Resolution

Endorsing Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Construction

On March 26, 2019, the AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors unanimously adopted its first resolution emphasizing the organization’s commitment to high-performance buildings and sustainable design in the Commonwealth. Architects are uniquely positioned to positively impact the built environment by ensuring that sustainable design is practiced uniformly to benefit the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

2019 AIA Pennsylvania President, Chip Desmone, AIA, Principal of Desmone Architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had this to say regarding the resolution, “This resolution by AIA Pennsylvania’s Board reaffirms our commitment to the ideals expressed by our Governor and our National organization in our continued drive for better communities.”
The AIA Pennsylvania Subcommittee on the Environment (COTE), re-established in 2018 will work in conjunction with the AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors, the AIA Pennsylvania Government Affairs Committee, and other stakeholders to lead the discussion in Pennsylvania regarding sustainability in the built environment and advocate for the awareness, recognition, and enabling of legislation that encourages the principles of resource efficiency, renewable energy, integrated design, life cycle thinking, durability, resiliency, walkable communities and healthy interiors.
AIA Pennsylvania Resolves:
Whereas Governor Tom Wolf has signed Executive Order 2019-01: Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance on January 8, 2019,

Whereas several progressive Pennsylvania communities and cities have become 2030 Districts, EcoDistricts and certified LEED for Cities, and several Pennsylvania buildings have achieved net-positive energy performance,

Whereas the American Institute of Architects has adopted the Architecture 2030 Challenge, be it resolved that AIA Pennsylvania will endorse energy efficient and sustainable buildings and communities in an effort to encourage design and construction professionals in Pennsylvania to grow additional 2030 Districts, EcoDistricts, and LEED for Cities certifications while promoting certified sustainable and carbon-neutral buildings.