American architects join Trump opposition

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with the US Green Building Council, have announced their opposition to president Donald Trump following his recent decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement.

Vowing to continue the battle against climate change, the AIA said the US must remain a leader in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and promoting practices that prevent further damage to the planet and its climate.

In a statement, AIA president Thomas Vonier said, “Instead of helping our economy, as the administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors.”

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The 2015 Paris Agreement is a climate accord that lists actions countries would voluntarily take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and despite Trump’s withdrawal, Vonier insisted that the institute will continue its efforts toward energy conservation, the use of renewable resources in buildings and the curbing of “fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmosphere and harm our environment”.

The AIA consists of 89,000 members, and has pledged to assist cities, states, organisations and citizen groups in meeting the aims of the Paris Agreement. It joins a host of US public officials, including mayors of 211 cities, who have publicly expressed commitment to adopt the climate accord.

The US Green Building Council, which oversees the LEED certification programme, has also announced its disagreement with the Trump administration’s decision. In an official statement, the organisation’s president Mahesh Ramanujam said, “We are deeply disappointed to learn of the administration’s decision to withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement.”

Ramanujam added, “The United States government has an opportunity to lead on this and, in so doing, strengthen global partnerships, yet has chosen to walk away.”

The AIA recently held a three-day conference in Orlando, Florida, at which Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker. To read about it, click here

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