Architecture 2030 is a non-profit organization established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. Architecture 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the global built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate crisis.
Architecture 2030 pursues two primary objectives:
- to achieve the dramatic reduction in global fossil fuel consumption and GHG emissions of the built environment by changing the way cities, communities, infrastructure, and buildings, are operated, planned, designed, and constructed and;
- to advance the regional development of just and sustainable, resilient, carbon-neutral built environments that can manage the impacts of climate change, protect and enhance natural resources and wildlife habitats, provide clean air and water, generate local low-cost renewable energy, and advance more livable buildings and communities.
For over a decade, in a concerted effort to combat the projected consequences of climate change, Architecture 2030 and collaborative colleagues have championed the cause of sustainable and carbon neutral planning and design in the built environment. These efforts have produced results.
In 2015, Founder and CEO Edward Mazria was honored to receive two major awards that underline Architecture 2030’s effectiveness: the Kemper Award from the American Institute of Architects for ‘catalyzing the architecture community to address climate change through design’, and the Chairman’s Award from the World Green Building Council for ‘an outstanding contribution to the global sustainability movement’.
These awards recognized Architecture 2030’s effectiveness in implementing key strategies, including:
- AIA+2030 PROFESSIONAL SERIES – an education program on next-generation approaches to building design, presented online and in 27 markets across the United States and Canada.
- 2030 DISTRICTS – an urban private/public initiative that brings together property owners, building managers, municipal government, architects, planners, and community organizations to achieve substantial reductions in district energy use, water use, and transportation emissions.
- 2030 PALETTE – a highly visual and accessible online platform that meets the “how to” needs of planners, architects, designers, and builders. The principles, actions and resources it provides will generate place-based, decarbonized and adaptable built environments worldwide.
- GLOBAL INITIATIVES – an integrated plan to expand our global impact through international advocacy and initiatives in China, Korea, and Europe, and through collaboration with international bodies including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the OECD, and the International Union of Architects.
- THE URBAN CLIMATE INITIATIVE – a framework for government entities to put in place incremental building sector actions to be taken over a fifteen-year timespan that will ensure phasing out CO2 emissions in the built environment by mid-century.
We have made considerable progress, but our work is far from finished. We are continuing important research and development in innovative planning and design solutions, and seeking the consistent delivery of our work worldwide. The end result we seek is broad and ambitious, yet achievable: a complete transformation of the built environment.
Over the course of the past decade, we have learned that as we shape the built environment, we are not merely part of the solution: we ARE the solution. And you can help us reach our goals by adopting and implementing our programs and initiatives.
Every square foot of building in a 2030 District that is committed to meeting energy, water and GHG reduction targets; every planner and designer who participates in the AIA+2030 Series; and every student, professional, and policymaker who turns to the 2030 Palette, helps mitigate the ugly threat of devastation projected to result from unchecked climate change.