Event COTE Meeting

October 7, 2021 - 5:30pm

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Natural Systems: Protect, Restore, Manage

As the City of Austin grows, and as the climate changes, it is critically important that we lay the groundwork for a sustainable and resilient future. Protecting, expanding, and restoring natural systems in Austin is an investment in our community's health, livelihood, and culture, particularly in the Eastern Crescent. The Austin Climate Equity Plan is meant to serve as a roadmap to lay this groundwork. Specifically, the Natural Systems section outlines a new, equitable approach to public land investments that prioritizes community value and focuses on providing environmental benefits and services to everyone. This course will introduce the Plan’s goals for protecting and managing new and existing natural lands, city-owned land, and farmland. Attendees will learn about the critical services natural systems provide for humans and the environment and how we can foster their future success.


  • Caitlin Admire, Program Manager, City of Austin Urban Design Division, Housing and Planning Department
    Caitlin holds a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and spent a decade in the private sector practicing landscape architecture and urban design, specializing in strategic land planning for mixed-use communities. She joined the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability in 2019 where worked on a variety of initiatives around climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience related to green building, green infrastructure, and biophilic cities. She recently joined the City’s Urban Design Division where she manages the Great Streets Program and continues her passion for finding opportunities to infuse moments of nature into the urban fabric and everyday lives of Austinites. She is also active in the local district council of the Urban Lands Institute, as well as the Biophilic Cities Network and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design.
  • Matt McCaw, Environmental Conservation Program Manager, Austin Parks and Recreation
    Matt leads the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Land Management Program which manages the Austin Nature Preserves System, the Wildlife Austin program, and leads the Department’s response to people experiencing homelessness.  The program is also leading the Department’s efforts to improve capacity to restore and manage natural areas across the parks system.  In his previous position with the City of Austin, Matt helped manage the Water Quality Protection Lands, planning and implementing ecological restoration activities to improve water quality and aquifer recharge.  He holds a M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Biology from Southwestern University.

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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