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Upcoming Events


  • February 3, 2020

    In-office presentations on the Zero Waste Design Guidelines are available to architects, developers and associated professionals in NYC. This year there is an additional course offering on Design Strategies and Case studies at the District Scale.

    For a free consultation on how best to apply zero waste design strategies to a particular project in NYC, see Project Consultation:How to Apply Best Practice Design Strategies to Reduce Waste. Reach out to to schedule.

  • September 12, 2019

    Please join members of AIANY COTE at the Global Climate Strike with Greta Thunberg next Friday, September 20, at noon at Foley Square, marching to Battery Park. RSVP for the NYC strike here.

    Read more about Greta’s visit here, or in the New Yorker. Email Gaby Brainard at if you’d like to join and we’ll email you information and time to meet.

    Encourage your whole office to join, and sign up at architect’s advocate. To see public facing statements from other architectural firms, see this one from VMDO. Join us!

  • March 12, 2019

    Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of $30 Million “Buildings of Excellence” Competition to Advance Innovative Low- and Zero-Carbon Emitting Building Projects. The competition will include three rounds. Each round will provide up to $10 million, with up to $1 million available per project. The first round is focused on multi-family buildings. Applications are being accepted through June 4, 2019 with awards expected in the summer of 2019.

    For more information see press release and solicitation portal.

  • March 2, 2019

    DSNY, in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOT), has released an RFEI seeking creative solutions for containerized refuse and recycling that will:

    – increase waste diversion, including by reduction, reuse, and recycling
    – reduce the volume of consolidated material set out on City sidewalks
    – reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with waste collection; and/or
    – improve the cleanliness of City streets and sidewalks

    The RFEI refers to the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, developed through the AIANY COTE and Center for Architecture:

    “Through this RFEI, the City seeks Responses inspired by the best practices as outlined in the Guidelines. Respondents should review Zero Waste Design Guidelines Chapter 3: Collection & Urban Design, which includes examples of best practices, including: sub-surface waste containers; “roll-on, roll-off” containers for private or public use; waste collection containers for public and/or private use; and freight distribution and waste collection micro-centers.”


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