AIANY Releases Statement on the US Exit from Paris Climate Accord

June 07, 2017

On June 5, AIANY President David Piscuskas released a statement strongly condemning the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. This latest dispatch stands in stark contrast with a much-criticized statement released after the last election, in which AIA President Robert Ivy seemed to offer an olive branch of sorts to the incoming Trump Administration.

Piscuskas articulates an oppositional stance to that of the current Administration with regard to environmental regulations; “AIANY has long been devoted to fostering a more sustainable and resilient built environment and we hereby reaffirm our ongoing commitment to the mitigation of climate change. We will continue to help architects and other design and construction professionals gain the skills and knowledge to design better, more energy-efficient buildings; advocate for policies that promote sustainability in both the built and natural environments; and raise public awareness about the role of buildings in combating climate change.”

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