Committee on the Environment











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About COTE: 

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate to the profession, the building industry, and the public, design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.


Our Goals:

  • To educate local architects and general public about the environmental and energy-related impacts of design decisions & about how to incorporate sustainable design into daily practice.
  • To define and promote the cutting edge of sustainable design for our profession.
  • To influence the direction of architectural education in the Santa Clara Valley to place more emphasis on ecological literacy, sustainable design and building science
  • To work with local governments to incorporate cutting-edge sustainable practices into building codes, making it easier for architects to continue to push the envelope of sustainable design. 

 For more about our goals and achievements, visit our goals page.



Join Us!

Are you passionate about the environment? You can follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or track our group activity here to learn more about local issues, voice your thoughts, and can get involved.


If you're looking to participate a little further then please join the group here to start working with this committee! We look forward to what you can bring to the table.