2021 COTE Open Forum

June 24, 2021
3:30 pm -5:00 pm EDT
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AIA Committee on the Environment

Each year COTE gathers to talk about a few of the issues that architects are addressing in their practices, communities, and AIA components. In 2021, the COTE Open Forum will examine how pursuing climate action and climate justice are occurring in four realms of activity: advocacy, electrification, resilience, and the 2030 Commitment.

The event will be kicked-off by Christine Knapp who tackles these issues and more as Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia. She'll reference how her office works with AIA Philadelphia COTE to create a more sustainable city.

Join us on June 24 (3:30-5pm EDT) for a lively discussion! We welcome AIA COTE members and any and all who work with them to advance climate action and climate justice in the building and placemaking field – owners, city officials, policymakers, engineers, planners, and others. Come for the interactive discussion and actionable takeaways.

This networking event is not eligible for AIA continuing education credit.


3:30-4pm Opening plenary featuring Christine Knapp, Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

4-4:50pm Concurrent breakouts

4:50-5pm Closing plenary


Christine Knapp

Christine Knapp is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia. In this role, she leads the cross-agency implementation of the city’s sustainability framework, and forges connections with sustainable leaders throughout Philadelphia—including with AIA Philadelphia COTE.


Premier partners: Kingspan, Sherwin-Williams

Sustaining partners: GAF Roofing, Kawneer, Lucifer Lighting Company, ROCKWOOL

Green partners: Autodesk, EPIC Metals, HKS, Thornton Tomasetti

Allied partners: TLC Engineering

Founding partner: Building Green

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