Committee on the Environment and Resiliency (COTE | R)


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The Committee on the Environment was formed to promote the benefits of environmentally-conscious design and construction within the building professions and the community at large. We are involved in a number of projects, some in partnership with community organizations, to promote a healthier, more sustainable environment in the Baltimore region. We are planning inspiring and educational events for architects and associates in the coming year. Just a hint of our plans include a Winter party, informative sessions on the 2030 Challenge, Passive House, energy and resource neutral design, green building tours, “what are you doing?” sessions, and a family stream clean-up day.

The AIABaltimore Resiliency Committee joined COTE in January 2015. The subcommittee is a network of building design professionals dedicated to educating, promoting and implementing programs that help prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters within our design community and the community at large.

The committee meets  every 2nd Thursday at 8 a.m.

Contact the committee chairs for information about joining:


Rudy Schaar, AIA
Whitman Requardt & Associates

Dustin Watson, AIA
inPlace Design 

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    Upcoming Events

  • Baltimore Urban Farm Ride 2017 - Last year, our bike tour focused on urban farms in Baltimore that grow a diversified mix of vegetables and fruits. This year, we will highlight a recent development in Baltimore’s urban agriculture movement: flower farms. continue reading


  • Interested in Participating in a Baltimore Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training Session? 2.3.17 - The Safety Assessment Program (SAP) utilizes architects and engineers as volunteers to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in the aftermath of a disaster. continue reading
  • Our Commitment to a Better Future for the Communities We Serve 11.16.16 - Following last week’s election results, AIA National released a statement indicating AIA's readiness to work with the new administration on relevant issues. The statement drew strong criticism from AIA members nationally, inspiring dialogue about the values of the AIA and the role of architects as advocates in our profession, our communities and our nation. continue reading
  • The Triple Bottom Line 11.15.16 - I have had the opportunity to work on projects of all scopes and scales across the country and around the world. I have seen how the built environment can have a distressing effect on both the environment and to society.At the same time, I have witnessed amazing ingenuity and hope in the development of our future communities. continue reading
  • A Sustainable Environment for All 11.15.16 - I joined the AIABaltimore Committee on the Environment and Resiliency because of a desire to contribute my knowledge of and belief in the benefits of a sustainable environment for all who live and work here. continue reading
  • Community Resiliency Education 11.15.16 - It is my firm belief that our communities will survive any environmental disaster or social or political crisis through Community Resiliency. I will continue my efforts to educate policy makers, colleagues, community leaders and neighbors on how we are all interdependent and interrelated, and therefore united in our resilience. continue reading

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