Entries by arch2030

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Today we have unprecedented scientific knowledge to predict impending disasters as well as the technology and capacity to effectively address them, yet we’ve grown complacent about the future impacts of our current actions. We rush to prioritize and mobilize our resources once a crisis strikes, then scale back and return to complacency when it subsides, all at a terrible cost to human life and suffering, and economic and environmental wellbeing.

Unprecedented: A Way Forward

In the U.S., economic growth and building construction have decoupled from building sector energy use and CO2 emissions – an unprecedented achievement in modern U.S. history. This decoupling appears to be actualizing globally as well. 

TIME’S UP: Bold Action Now!

To stay within the global CO2 emissions budget left of ~340 GtCO2 to retain a 67% chance of meeting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree C target and avert the most dangerous aspects of climate change, it is crucial that we ban new fossil fuel power plants, phase out onsite fossil fuel use, and reduce building operational and embodied

Accelerating to Zero by 2040!

On September 26th and 27th an extraordinary event took place in Chicago – the CarbonPositive‘19 SUMMIT. The Summit convened the leadership of top 50 Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and planning firms, AIA Large Firm Roundtable, and other key professionals…

50×30 or Bust!

We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. If we fail, we are on a track to trigger “dangerous interference with the climate system.”