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Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan

About the Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan

In September 2013, the AIA Board of Directors endorsed an early Repositioning initiative called the Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan. Its purpose was to identify how the AIA could strengthen its role in driving leadership opportunities and recognition for architects through sustainability. A great deal of volunteer and staff effort has gone into the preliminary implementation of the Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan’s priorities since that time. A Year One Progress Report was completed in order to maintain accountability and evolve the effort.

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For copies of the Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan reports:

Sustainability Scan Year One Progress Report

The progress report examines how well the AIA has moved from ideas to action in the first year of implementation and outlines recommendations for improving the organization’s impact and influence.

The Year One progress report is organized around three questions:

1. What are the latest trends and how do they affect the AIA’s work?

2. How is the AIA doing in implementing the recommendations outlined in the Scan?

3. How should the AIA move forward to build momentum and achieve optimal results?

Recommended Priorities for 2015 and Beyond

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Taking a look at recent sustainability market trends, an assessment of the Sustainability Scan’s first year of implementation, and an evaluation of design’s impact on the construction industry all reach the same conclusion: Now is the time for AIA to rapidly advance all of the initiatives. The progress report provides the following six opportunities for prioritizing those efforts:

    Think Local: Fully Engage the AIA Network

    Strengthen Continuing Education Requirements

    Focus on Contracts and Guidance Documents

    Strengthen the AIA’s Local Advocacy Role

    Expand Leadership and Partnerships

    Fully engage Communications and Digital Outreach

Get Involved in Sustainability @ AIA

Get involved by discussing how to move forward these issues with your Component and Knowledge Community, or contact Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA with comments and suggestions.


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