Committee On The Environment

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Meeting at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim

Members of AIA Orange County and the Orange County Chapter Construction Specifications Institute (OCCCSI) gathered for a joint meeting at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.  Since members of both groups are involved in design and [...]

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COTE TOUR – Irvine Ranch Water District

COTE-Irvine Ranch Water Recycling Plant Tour & Presentation September 8, 2016 Members of AIA Orange County met on September 8, 2016 for an inspiring 2-hour tour and discussion about cutting edge sustainable design in water [...]

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Water – Our Most Valuable Resource at LPA, Inc

March 27, 2016 Pat Fuscoe, P.E. gave a very informative presentation on “Water – Our Most Valuable Resource” at LPA, Inc., on March 27, 2016.  The presentation focused on how building and site design can [...]

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COTE Tour – Corona Del Mar High School Middle School Enclave

January 14, 2016 Designed to the standards of the Collaborative for High-Performance Schools (CHPS) and LEED for Schools, this school serves as a teaching tool of environmental awareness. This new high-tech facility creates a sheltered [...]

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COTE TOUR – Johnson Middle School

A Campus Enrichment Project by LPA, Inc. June 14, 2016 The AIAOC COTE team hosted a fun and informative tour at Johnson Middle School inWestminsterr, CA, on June 14th.  The tour was guided by the [...]

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Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition

The tenth annual Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center November 2-3. Venture capitalist and Next 10 founder Noel Perry will keynote the opening session. Through an [...]

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The AIA 2030 Commitment is a growing national initiative that provides a consistent, national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project’s energy performance. Other aspects of sustainability are also considered, including resiliency, health, and materials.

To find more information on this initiative and to help your firm to get involved and make the 2030 Commitment, follow this link:


The State of California is driving deep energy savings for both new construction and existing buildings through the development and implementation of a Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (CALTEESP), as well as supporting Action Plans for both Nonresidential and Residential Buildings. Through the State leadership, building codes and market innovation are driving the design and construction industry toward Zero Net Energy.

To find out more about how your projects can benefit through alignment with the State’s Zero Net Energy initiatives, and to find resources to assist you in meeting Zero Net Energy goals, go to the following links:




The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is an inspiring, visionary hub, with a mission to lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. The Institute is committed to the regenerative design of structures and communities, and generating global discussion about the need for transformative change in the built environment.

The Living Building Challenge is one of the prominent programs of ILFI. Launched in 2014, it is a green building certification program that defines the most advanced measures of sustainability in the built environment.

To learn more about the Institute, it’s programs, and information about upcoming events, go to: