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AIA Las Vegas COTE Committee





The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is dedicated to educating professionals and the public on sustainable design issues, and to supporting an agenda of various public and private organizations. Our belief is that design excellence can only be discussed within the context of sustainability.

We PROMOTE the integration of design and sustainability
We SPREAD knowledge and cultivate expertise
We CONNECT members of the design and building communities

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact COTE Committee Chair - Esther Garcia, Assoc. AIA at  702-689-1706 or


AIA LV COTE Continuing Education Breakfast
"The Living Building Challenge"
Thursday, March 29th - 7:00am  Historic 5th Street School Conference Room

What if every single act of design and construction made the workd a better place? The Living Building Challenge is the world's most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings.  People from around the world use our regenerative design framework to create spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take.  The introduction to the Living Building Challenge provides an overview of the LBC philosophy, program and components.  This course is for anyone interested in green and sustainable building and those wanting to learn more about the Living Building Challenge program.

Program registered for 1 CE/HSW  You must RSVP to attend.  No Walk-Ins  $10 to attend. Click here to RSVP


This Breakfast Event Sponsored By




One of the most meaningful programs that the AIA Las Vegas COTE Committee nurtures is the Outdoor Garden Classroom Partnership (Formed by GREEN OUR PLANET, AIA Las Vegas, ASLA & NSPE). This program is offered to all elementary schools in the Clark County school district and incorporates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math education) into the curriculum. The main goal of the program is to introduce young students to the design professions. There is going to be a great need for more students graduating from schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Engineering and this program is a fun way to accomplish community outreach and promote the professions.  The bonus for the schools is that we work with the kids to give them a basic understanding of the professions of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Engineering AND we work with the students to give them a tiny taste of what it might be like working in those fields.  We meet with each school twice, the first event is a site analysis and measuring exercise and the second event is a design charrette. At the end of the program we provide each school with a design for their garden space that is functional and feasible for the school to implement.

To date this program has:
*  Worked with 14 schools in Las Vegas and Henderson
*  Introduced our professions to nearly 400 3rd and 4th graders.

COTE Committee members have volunteered countless hours to keep the program moving forward. Currently all program coordination and plan preparation has been provided by Aria Landscape Architecture but for 2018 we are looking for additional Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Engineering firms to jump in and partner with a school. There are currently 4 schools scheduled for the Spring of 2018, and Gensler is has already stepped up to sponsor the school for February.

Firm Partnership consists of:
*  Providing a minimum of 4 people to attend the two events for your partner school.
*  Preparing and providing printouts of an aerial for the site analysis and measuring exercise.
*  Preparing and providing printouts of the base plans for the design charrette.
*  Composing a final design based on the particular needs of the school

Upcoming Green Our Planet Events:
*  Jan.  Jack Dailey Elementary
*  Feb. 9th and 23rd  John W. Bonner Elementary  (Partnership with Gensler)
*  Mar. 9th and 23rd   Vincent Triggs Elementary    
*  Apr. 13th and 27th  Tony Alamo Elementary

Support your AIA chapter and community!
Join AIA Las Vegas COTE in this rewarding task!
Please email Anna Peltier at for more information on the upcoming Outdoor Garden Classroom Partnership events, and/or e-mail Esther Garcia at
if you are interested in joining our committee. 


Sponsorships are available. Sponsors will be listed on promotional materials.

Please contact Caron Richardson; at AIA Las Vegas for more information.

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