The AIA takes its commitment to sustainability and creating livable communities seriously. In December 2005, the AIA Board of Directors passed a Sustainable Practice Position Statement that sets incremental goals for energy reduction in the built environment, starting with a 50 percent reduction by the year 2010. In June of 2006, the United States Conference of Mayors unanimously endorsed Resolution #50, which closely mirrors the AIA’s reduction goals regarding energy in the built environment. The AIA has developed a toolkit for mayors that helps them begin to take action on this issue in their communities.
The design of more energy-efficient buildings is a crucial step in addressing dangerous global warming, and, through this initiative, eco-friendly design will become the norm rather than the exception.