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Robert Ivy, FAIA
EVP/Chief Executive Officer
The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006-5292

Dear Robert:

[Firm Name], a [size of firm] person firm located in [location(s)], is hereby signing on to the AIA 2030 Commitment program and its goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.

The places where we live, work, and play represent the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in America, as well as around the world. The design and construction industry has made significant strides toward creating high performance buildings of all types and uses. As a result, the industry is positioned to have a profound impact by continuing to foster high building performance and reducing building-related greenhouse gas emissions.

As architects, we understand the need to exercise leadership in creating the built environment. We believe we must alter our profession’s practices and encourage our clients and the entire design and construction industry to join with us to change the course of the planet’s future. A multi-year effort will be required to alter current design and construction practices and realize significant reductions in the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources, and waste production and promote regeneration of natural resources..

We therefore commit [Firm Name] to take the following steps which are part of the AIA 2030 Commitment program:

    • Within two months of the commitment date, establish a team or leader to guide the development and implementation of the firm’s plan

    • Within six months of signing the commitment, the firm will implement a minimum of four operational action items from the list provided. These actions will be undertaken while the long-term sustainability plan is in development

    • Within one year of signing the commitment, the firm will develop a sustainability action plan that will demonstrate progress toward the AIA’s 2030 goals.

    • At the conclusion of the year, and each year thereafter, the firm will report on the progress of the firm’s design portfolio towards meeting the 2030 goals by using the AIA 2030 Design Data Exchange.

We also support the critical need for more consistent and more rigorous metrics related to actual building performance. We further commit our firm’s assistance to the AIA and others in the ongoing development of effective metrics and standards for reporting purposes. It is understood that reporting through the AIA 2030 Commitment program must respect the confidentiality of information about specific clients, projects, and proprietary tools.

We look forward to working with you and our professional colleagues to achieve the goals of the 2030 Commitment.



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