About the campaign

Human activity is warming our climate to dangerous levels, and carbon is the primary culprit. Buildings contribute about 40% of that carbon. The harm that results affects us all but doesn’t impact us all equally. As authors of that environment, architects are crucial to addressing and mitigating the damage.

This campaign is a call to action. AIA, the largest design organization in the world, is asking architects, design professionals, civic leaders, and the public in every community to join our efforts. Help us transform the day-to-day practice of architecture to achieve a zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, just, and equitable built environment.


The public

Civic leaders need to hear your voice. Act on your passion. Tell them they should support sustainable, equitable design for buildings in your community and also work with architects who put them first. One of the most effective and free tools you can use is your voice.

It’s also important to understand the value of working with an architect so you can use your knowledge and influence for good—whether that’s to convince your community to hire a sustainable architect to redesign your local library or community center or even your home renovation project.


Civic leaders

Partner with an architect to tackle the challenges that face your city. From smart, equitable, and sustainable growth strategies to energy conservation, resilience, and affordable housing, architects can help design solutions that address the diverse range of issues your city faces.

Architects don’t just work on single projects. They’re community leaders, trusted advisors, and valuable partners who can help you make smart, informed decisions that can achieve the future you want for your city and save taxpayer dollars.


Architecture professionals

This campaign starts with you. We can’t solve the carbon problem if you’re not part of the solution. How you design and build projectsand influence others to do sois the key to reducing the burden of carbon emissions the built environment contributes, which is nearly 40% of the world’s total emissions.

This campaign provides you with the tools and resources you need to change your practice and make the business case for sustainable, equitable design with clients, communities, and civic leaders. It also connects you directly to advocacy efforts you can support to make a difference in your community and for the architecture profession.

It’s time to show the world what design can do. Join us.