2030 Commitment: Getting Started

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About the Series

This 3-part series helps firms leverage sustainability and the AIA 2030 Commitment to be more competitive, boost internal efficiency and get ahead of the codes. If your firm is already an AIA 2030 signatory, this series will help you boost your success while reducing the strain. If you are not yet in the program, this series will demystify what’s really required, relieve anxiety about what it means to commit and help you start out on the right foot, so you don’t waste time or energy with “false starts”. If you know that the AIA 2030 Commitment is not in your immediate future, this series will still help you get more out of any efforts you have going on and still be more competitive and effective!

Having worked with hundreds of firms over the past 25 years, we’ve seen how strategic approaches to sustainability can unlock competitive advantages, improve internal efficiency and put you ahead of the curve in terms of evolving energy codes and client demands. Today it has also become the difference in attracting and retaining talent. Every firm is starting from a different place, has unique context and goals but this workshop applies to all!

Your firm will get the most out of this series if you have multiple people attend, ideally from different roles within the firm, from different seniority of designers to marketing, business development and operations.

Some of the myths you’ll get answers to:
Will we be “shamed”? Will anyone be able to see our progress or data?
Do we need to be hitting the 80% energy reduction target already?
Doesn’t this take a zillion hours to comply with all the requirements?
(Hint: you’ll be happy with the answers!)

Session 1: Practical ways to leverage sustainability to transform your practice and improve your competitive edge

Embark on a transformative journey towards sustainability with our workshop, “2030 Commitment: Getting Started.” Whether your firm as a whole is contemplating this pivotal step or in early discussions among a few staff members, this course is designed to guide design professionals through the crucial process of developing a comprehensive SAP (Sustainability Action Plan), an invaluable tool to differentiate your firm in a competitive market.

In this session, we’ll address how to assess your baseline, different structures for sustainability leadership, and how they evolve over time, and how to create conditions from the outset that result in early “wins”, get buy-in, and build momentum.

Presented by AIA Columbus Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Barbra BatShalom of Sustainable Performance Institute.

January 18, 2024
11:30 AM-1 PM via Zoom

Earn 1.5 LU|HSW

AIA Members: Free
Associate Members and Students: Free
Non-members: $30

This session is the first in a three-part series focused on the 2030 Commitment and sustainability action plans.  Attendance is encouraged but not required at all sessions.  Dates and topics for future sessions in this series are below:
2) February 15, 2024, 11:30-1 PM, Selling, Getting Past “No” Internally and Externally
3) March 14, 2024, 11:30-1 PM, Structuring the Effort Long Term

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