AIA California Board of Directors declares a climate emergency

In a bold and necessary move made on July 24 and announced August 5, the board of directors of the California chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA CA) declared a climate emergency to “to immediately accelerate the de-carbonization of the built environment.” AIA CA is the nation’s largest state component of the AIA with 21 local chapters and over 11,000 members.

In its declaration, which was made just days ahead of the release of a sobering special new report on climate change from the United Nations’ Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning that unchecked global emissions will lead to an increase of another 1.5 degrees Celsius within the

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