Committee on the Environment (COTE)

To provide resources to our members and our greater community that fosters the development of environmentally sound structures and sustainable communities.

We currently meet monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 to 6pm at Kuhn Riddle Architects’ offices in Amherst. Our meetings will be in the WMAIA calendar of events.

We have had some great guests, including former U.S. House Representative John Olver, Hon. WMAIA, who was very enthusiastic about the local design and building trades becoming more engaged with and taking advantage of the resources at the UMass Building and Construction Technology (BCT) department.

Most recently, Carl Fiocchi, a lecturer on high performance, energy efficient buildings from BCT attended and is looking to help coordinate lectures for the design community at large.

And, our first official WMAIA COTE event was a Commercial Energy Code Overview provided on May 18 at UMass. Mark Newey of CET led a 3-hour course which gave an overview of the new requirements of the recently released energy code, the IECC 2015.

We are looking for more committee members or anyone, from any background (not just architects) who might like to sit in on a meeting and brainstorm about ways to support and promote sustainable design in our community.  Please email co-chair Aelan Tierney for information about joining.

It is so important that our profession do all that we can to support and promote good, sustainable design in this current “climate.” Please join us at one of our meetings and help us figure out how to do that and how to support each other in that mission. It’s a really fun, smart group of people…and we have really good snacks! Hope to see you at one of the meetings or events!

Stay tuned here, on the WMAIA events calendar and on the continuing education page for our events.

Monthly COTE Meeting

March 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Monthly COTE Meeting

April 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Monthly COTE Meeting

May 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Aelan Tierney AIA
Kuhn Riddle Architects,

Lawson Wulsin Associate AIA
Jones Whitsett Architects,

Thomas RC Hartman AIA
c&h architects

Garth Schwellenbach AIA
c&h architects

Jesse Selman AIA
c&h architects

Somayeh Tabataba
Kuhn Riddle Architects

Shelby Schrank
Kuhn Riddle Architects

Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham AIA
Senior Campus Planner, Umass

Peggy MacLeod
Center for EcoTechnology (CET)