Event COTE - AIA 2030 Commitment: Sustainability Action Plans & Goal Setting

February 11, 2021 - 12:00pm

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AIA 2030 Commitment Subcommittee: Sustainability Action Plans & Goal Setting

AIA’s Climate Action Plan states that climate change affects every person, every project, and every client. The 2030 Commitment supports urgent climate action for firms of all sizes. This four-part 2030 Commitment webinar series is for architects, designers, and engineers. All participants will have a basic understanding of the 2030 Commitment, information to craft their own Sustainability Action Plan, tools for impacting their projects performance, and a peer network to continue working towards 2030 goals. We encourage attendees to sign their firm onto the 2030 Commitment before, during, or after these sessions. Attendance of all four sessions is encouraged but not mandatory.

One of the requirements of the 2030 Commitment is to upload a Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) within 6 months of becoming a signatory. A SAP is a statement of a firm’s approach to sustainable design. This session will cover the process of creating a SAP, the recommended framework, and perspective from two firms on the process and impact of SAPs. An in-depth conversation about goal setting, for both firms and projects, will occur in the second half of the session.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the process for creating a Sustainability Action Plan.
  2. Establish firm standards for sustainability.
  3. Identify different ways to maintain, evaluate, and refine a Sustainability Action Plan.
  4. Apply aggressive, achievable goals/targets-setting for projects and firm wide.

Sustainability Action Plan Speaker

Kristen Dotson

Kristen Dotson
Sustainability Services Director 
The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP 
Pronouns: she/her/hers 

Kristen has over 10 years of experience managing sustainability initiatives across diverse markets and at scales ranging from large corporate Fortune 500 companies to local municipal projects. At Miller Hull, Kristen leverages her expertise beyond project-specific work to organize and implement company-wide sustainability initiatives helping define what leadership in sustainability and resiliency means for the company and for the profession at large. She currently manages Miller Hull’s industry-leading Embodied Carbon Lab and as an active member of the their Equity Lab, helps to bridge the knowledge gap between sustainability and equity. In addition to achieving over 250 LEED certifications, Kristen spearheads several other green certifications including WELL, Fitwel, and Envision.

Kristen’s prior experience includes consulting, managing sustainability achievement across real estate portfolios, and developing sustainability change management programs for lasting behavioral shifts.

Goal Setting Speaker

Kelsey Wotila

Kelsey Wotila, LEED AP BD+C

Kelsey Wotila joined EskewDumezRipple as the studio’s yearlong Research Fellow, exploring embodied and operational carbon across a portfolio sample of projects. Her research put real world cost to ZEROCODE and Architecture 2030 targets for a range of project types. She then transitioned into full-time staff, in order to apply this research and advance all projects towards a more sustainable future.

Kelsey graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Master of Architecture, and earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder. After practicing architecture and design, she moved toward understanding impacts of the building industry and built environment. An emerging professional in carbon accounting, Kelsey has the skillset to convey complexity at an introductory level. Her work with EskewDumezRipple results in simple guidelines for architects to understand impacts of their design decisions. She seeks to help local firms join and achieve the AIA 2030 targets as Chair of the 2030 Committee at AIA New Orleans.

She maintains that the role of architect should be as advocate, for the client and for the site, and on a macro scale, for the planet. The resulting architecture is the solution that fulfills the needs of the land, the user, and future users. As architects, she believes it is our role to blend numbers and beauty in creating sustainable spaces that people love.

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