Sustainability, Healthy and Safe Communities, and Professional Practice Top Priority List
The AIA has unveiled its 2008 federal legislative and regulatory agenda, looking to build from the Institute's advocacy successes in 2007 while continuing to raise the profile of design issues at the national level.
The agenda reflects three broad themes -- Designing a Sustainable Future, Promoting Healthy and Safe Communities, and Helping Architects Practice their Profession -- that address the core values and priorities of the AIA's more than 80,000 members. The issues span from green building to affordable health care, to the nomination of a licensed architect as the next Architect of the Capitol.
The agenda focuses on these key issues:
Designing a sustainable future
- Extending energy efficient tax incentives
- Promoting carbon neutral buildings through climate change legislation
- Greening America's homes
Promoting healthy and safe communities
- Using tax incentives to revitalize older neighborhoods, create affordable housing, and preserve historic structures
- Promoting community planning as a part of transportation planning
- Providing incentives to clean up brownfields
- Helping communities respond to disaster
- Protecting the integrity of the U.S. Capitol by making the next Architect of the Capitol a licensed architect
Helping architects practice their profession
- Reducing barriers to small design firms that want to compete for federal government design contracts
- Make health care affordable for businesses
If you were to create continuing education courses, what content would you need to teach in order for AIA members to accomplish these agenda items?