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Top Ten Reasons to Be Thankful
By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach


#10 Reason to Be Thankful

Co-published by the AIA and Rocky Mountain Institute, "Deep Energy Retrofits: An Emerging Opportunity" has helped introduce architects to the process skills and financial knowledge they need to access this large and untapped market.

#9 Reason to Be Thankful

The AIA SDAT program has continued helping communities design better futures.

#8 Reason to Be Thankful

AIA efforts to get legislation to reform federal design-build introduced were successful  following the Capitol Hill testimony of Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, 2013 First Vice President.

#7 Reason to Be Thankful

AIA members have had the chance to make a difference by helping with the response efforts to Super Typhoon Haiyan and the Midwest tornado outbreak.

#6 Reason to Be Thankful

The AIA helped celebrate 10 years of the International Codes Council, recognizing the partnership between the two over the last decade.

#5 Reason to Be Thankful

The AIA built and led a coalition to ensure the the 2030 sustainability targets are kept in place, successfully keeping efforts to repeal the 2007 off of the Senate floor.

#4 Reason to Be Thankful

The launch of the Advocacy Network allowed AIA members to create new and unique ways to connect with their legislators.

#3 Reason to Be Thankful

AIA members led an important and successful architectural trade mission to Brazil.

#2 Reason to Be Thankful

The AIA embarked on an exciting new partnership that will reinforce the role and relevance of architects in creating resilient communities called the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, announced at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting.

#1 Reason to Be Thankful

Thanks to the efforts of AIA members, a record number of meetings were held during the summer recesses this year!

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With Thanksgiving this week, we wanted to show you the top ten things we are thankful for here at AIA Advocacy. Add your thoughts on what you are thankful for on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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