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Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan

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About the Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan

As sustainability has evolved from an emerging trend to a mainstream global movement, architects are uniquely positioned to play a leadership role in influencing and advancing the future through their work. The Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan identifies four priority areas where the AIA can most effectively strengthen the sustainable leadership of architects.

Charting a Sustainable Future

The scan includes the following sections that provide background and detailed recommendations around the four priority focus issues:

    INTRODUCTION Sets the background for the scan.

    PRIORITIES + TRENDS Summary of current and emerging trends to identify the greatest leadership opportunities for architects.

    CURRENT STATE OF SUSTAINABILITY Analysis of the current state of sustainability activities at the AIA and across alliance organizations with identification of the AIA’s strengths and opportunities.

    RECOMMENDATIONS Detailed description of the four priority issues, including multi-year action plans and implementation strategies.

    ALIGNMENT WITH REPOSITIONING Explanation of the direct relationship of the recommendations to the AIA’s Repositioning initiative.

    APPENDIX Description of the scan process, participants, and additional background material.

Four Priority Issues Where Architects Can Lead

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Prepared by AIA Resident Fellow Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, this report summarizes current sustainability activities within the design and construction industry and outlines recommended priority issues for the AIA. Lazarus worked closely with a 12-person advisory group of thought leaders to synthesize the research into specific actions that will make the greatest impact. These recommendations fall within the focus areas of energy, materials, design & health, and resilience. The report’s findings were validated by the AIA Board of Directors in September 2013.

Included in the report is a three-year timeline of priority actions for advancing each priority issue.

Be a Sustainable Leader

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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