AIA Los Angeles' observance of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of The American Institute of Architects, part of a nation-wide celebration in 2007 and beyond, highlights architects' community endeavors and collaborations to achieve livable communities, using care for water resources and natural systems as a guiding principle. Sections below describe planning for elements of the observance, expressed in timeline format, starting with the future.
Initiative for Community Recycling in Commercial Buildings, Multi-Family Residences, and Public Spaces
Within the Los Angeles area, there are successful recycling programs, however they reach only limited sectors of the population. Most of the cities in our chapter require and/or encourage LEED certification for new construction, and one of the prerequisites for LEED certification is the storage and collection of recyclables. Yet, these cities do not provide adequate collection for most commercial and/or multi-family buildings. This initiative strives to develop an increased focus on recycling, including education about what can be recycled and an awareness of what the impacts of not recycling are. We will work to implement recycling programs where none currently exist, and will seek governmental policy changes to require communities to provide the necessary support to make these programs successful. A viable recycling program for the AIA/Los Angeles Chapter office will be the catalyst and demonstration project for other offices to follow, with the goal of 100% participation from the architectural offices within the Chapter. Subsequently, this will branch out to other sectors, such as schools, restaurants, offices and multi-family residences. Concurrently, we will work with the Cities in our region to establish mechanisms for the collection and disposal of the recycled materials.
Increasing public awareness regarding the impacts of discarding potentially recyclable materials and the impacts of using non-recyclable materials is vital to the future welfare of our communities. Through public education and participation, we can reduce the amount of material sent to our landfills and reduce the amount of improperly discarded trash which makes its way into the ocean, improving the cleanliness of our neighborhoods, streets and beaches.
The AIA 150 Committee
If you are interested in becoming more involved, please contact Will Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org