Event COTE Meeting

November 4, 2021 - 5:30pm

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Austin Climate Equity Plan

On Sept. 30, Austin City Council officially adopted the Austin Climate Equity Plan. The plan includes the bold and aggressive goal of equitably reaching net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 with a strong emphasis on cutting emissions by 2030. Getting to net-zero means the Austin community would emit zero greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The new plan was created with an intentional focus on engaging racially and economically diverse residents about the challenges, barriers, and opportunities facing historically excluded groups. Nearly 200 individuals helped author the plan using feedback from over 1,500 community members, including Community Climate Ambassadors. Several of these individuals have joined us this year to present the goals covered in each of the five focus areas in the plan; sustainable buildings, transportation and land use, transportation electrification, food and product consumption, and natural systems.

Phoebe Romero, the City of Austin’s Department of Sustainability Environmental Program Manager, will be joining us to wrap up this year’s AIA Austin COTE programming. She will be giving an overview of the plan’s 2021 updates and what’s next in terms of implementation.

If we reach all the goals outlined in the Climate Equity Plan — including Austin’s major energy and mobility plans — we could lower our current greenhouse gas emissions by 52% by 2030. But the City can’t do it alone. Addressing the climate crisis requires all of us to take action in big and small ways. Please join us to learn how you can help push successful implementation in the local AEC industry.


Phoebe Romero headshot

Phoebe Romero is passionate about the intersection of climate policy and racial equity. She currently works at the City of Austin Office of Sustainability focusing on air quality and climate action that reduces environmental impact and improves quality of life outcomes for historically impacted communities. She was formerly a Program Manager at CLEAResult, where she implemented utility energy efficiency programs for large commercial and institutional organizations across Texas. Prior to CLEAResult, she was an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow tasked with evaluating energy and water conservation initiatives at Huston-Tillotson University. She has a BA in Political Science and Latin American studies from Brown University and a joint Professional Science Master's in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from St. Edward’s University and Université Catholique de l'Ouest.

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About COTE

 AIA Austin Committee On The Environment (COTE) reflects the profession's commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people, and is dedicated to preserving the earth's capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life. COTE typically meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is an American Institute of Architects Knowledge Community working with architects, allied professionals, and the public to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that allow people, communities, and our planet to thrive.

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Committee Chair: Kendall Claus, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Committee Chair-Elect: Ashley Grzywa, AIA
Past Committee Chair: Miguel Walker
Staff Liaison: Rob Hoffman