Committee on the Environment
The AIA NY Chapter of The Committee on the Environment aims to lead, inspire and educate our members towards the dual objectives of Design + Sustainability. COTE organizes many engaging activities and events which focus on leading architects, outstanding green buildings, current technologies and product research and sustainable design practices.
Our efforts are based on the belief that sustainability should be an essential part of the design process and fully integrated with all aspects of a building, including form, function, site, structure, systems and construction. We work in partnership with the National AIA COTE and are supporting the AIA 2030 Commitment by providing educational opportunities to further understand our role in reducing the built environment's impact on our planet.
Under its current leadership, Pat Sapinsley and Ilana Judah, COTE developed into one of the New York Chapter's most active committees. The current co-chairs seek to continue COTE's mission to provide our members with the knowledge and tools necessary to integrate sustainability into their design practices. In the process, we also hope to encourage those outside the design community to embrace sustainability and appreciate the value of good design.
We continue to build upon three goals for the COTE committee:
COTE will offer a diverse range of educational opportunities, including lectures by leaders in the field of sustainable design, workshops and informative sessions aimed at "take home" knowledge, and informal fun events to experience sustainable design firsthand.
COTE hopes to team up with members of the sustainable and design communities to network, collaborate and co-host events. Potential partners include professional organizations, as well as other Committees of the AIA New York Chapter.
Through our website and direct outreach efforts, COTE will attempt to promote our message beyond the design community to champion sustainability and good design, encourage a dialogue in the public domain, and foster an exchange of ideas. We hope to develop relationships with community and citizens groups, such as, the Office of the Mayor, the NYC Council on the Environment, local schools of Architecture and NYC high school students.
Pat Sapinsley, AIA, LEED AP
Ilana Judah, Int'l Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD + C
- Jennifer Preston – Secretary
- Joan Krevlin - Policy
- Julie Nelson -Policy
- Charles Griffith
- Varun Kohli
- Margaret Castillo
- Christen Johansen
- Gina Bocra
- James Kraus
Events for 2013
AIA COTE NY would like to thank CON EDISON COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM for being the sole sponsor of our 2013 program.
July 10th, 2013 "MidCentury (UN)Modern An Environmental Analysis of the 1958-73 Manhattan Office Building"
COTE Co-Chair Pat Sapinsley moderates a panel that includes Rebecca Craft, Director, Energy Efficiency Programs at Con Edison, Candace Damon, Partner HR&A Advisors, and Liz Majkowski, Senior Vice President, Operations for SL Green Realty Corp. Architects will learn about energy efficiency incentive programs from utilities, NYSERDA and the federal government.
Sustainability by Design:
Integration Series (w/ ASHRAE NY)
2. March 23rd - CHP @ 1 Penn Plaza
3. April 27th - Blackwater Treatment @ the Helena
4. May 25th - Ground Source Heat Exchange @ Queens Botanical Gardens
5. June 22nd - Radiant Heating and Cooling @ Cooper Union
3. April 13th - Envelope Design Tools
4. April 20th - AIA 2030 Presentation (@ Cooper Union)
5. May 31st - PlaNYC 2.0 w/ David Bragdon, Mayors office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
6. Sept. 14th - Energy Efficiency Financing - Part 1: Loans and Financing Mechanisms
7. Nov. 9th - Energy Efficient Financing - Part 2: Incentive and Tax Deduction Programs - Video
Sustainability by Design - Meeting the 2030 Challenge in New York City
3. October 28 - Learning Module #3
Links and Resources
Visit Green Design at e-Oculus to read and discuss current New York City issues relating to the Architecture community.
The Committee has compiled the Local Law Updates for the New York City Green Building Laws.
The AIA NY Committee on the Environment provides the following list of Links and Resources for our members.
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