America votes, AIA builds
By AIA Staff, November 3, 2020
Building a healthy America
AIA’s commitment to helping our members advance their fundamental oath to protect the health, safety, and welfare of everyone, everywhere is a matter of principle.
Even as we wait for the results of this election, we want to ensure that AIA’s priorities are clear as we come together and turn our thoughts to the future. AIA is focused on advancing the profession’s leadership role in climate action, advocating in support of a future economy that leads to a more prosperous future for our nation, and meaningfully addressing systemic racial injustice in the profession and in society. Our focus is unwavering in the pursuit of these values.
Architects work with clients and allied design professionals and construction partners to improve the built environment in a $1 trillion sector that accounts for almost 6% of the economy. Construction alone accounts for 13% of the world’s GDP.
AIA is taking action to ensure that buildings consume less energy, use only renewable energy sources, and contribute power back to the energy grid. AIA’s goal is to eliminate all building carbon emissions by 2040 and create a future built environment that improves equitable development and prepares communities to thrive in the face of massive changes.
In addition, AIA is working to ensure that the built world is instrumental in achieving equity and justice for people of color, women, and the economically disadvantaged.
Our priorities are based on policy objectives, not partisanship, to encourage lawmakers to join hands and work together for the good of the American people.
Lastly, to our members: civic leaders need to hear your voice. You are part of the largest, most influential design organization in the world. We are 95,000 members strong, and together, we must share our expertise with community leaders to reach our shared goals of a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient nation.
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