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 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:
- 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 planned, designed, and constructed and;
- the regional development of an adaptive, resilient built environment that can manage the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, and access low-cost, renewable energy resources.
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 2013, the annual Design Futures Council Sustainable Design Survey ranked Architecture 2030 first in organizational effectiveness in leadership and resource deployment in the U.S. Our effectiveness has come about through the implementation of key programs and initiatives, including:
- AIA+2030 PROFESSIONAL SERIES – a one-year, ten-part program on next generation approaches to building design presented 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 in collaboration to ensure substantial District energy, water use, and transportation emissions reductions.
- 2030 PALETTE – a new highly visual and accessible Internet 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.
- ROADMAP TO ZERO EMISSIONS – international guidelines and action items for developed and developing countries to formulate custom Building Sector CO2 emissions reduction schedules, and a program to assist developing countries in planning, designing, building, and financing low-carbon and zero carbon built environments.
- 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 committed to meeting its energy, water and GHG reduction targets; every planner and designer who comes through the AIA+2030 Series determined to practice what has been learned; and every student, professional, and policymaker who turns to the 2030 Palette, helps mitigate the huge impact projected to result from unchecked climate change.