SOURCE: AIA California Council

January 26, 2007 16:10 ET

National Architect Group Awards Funding to American Institute of Architects Los Angeles for Community Recycling Initiative

Los Angeles Architects Receive Funding to Advance Community-Based Work Developing a Recycling Program in Commercial Buildings, Multi-Family Residences and Public Spaces

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 26, 2007 -- The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter has been awarded $7,500 of grant funding from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington, D.C. for an initiative to develop a community recycling program for commercial buildings, multi-family residences and public spaces in the Los Angeles region.

There are successful recycling programs within the Los Angeles area, however, the programs reach only limited sectors of the population. Most of the cities in the area promote sustainable design and require LEED* certification for new construction of public buildings. One of the prerequisites for LEED certification is the storage and collection of recyclables, yet, these cities do not provide collection for most commercial and multi-family buildings.

"This initiative strives to develop collection systems for offices and multi-family buildings -- spaces that are not currently served by curbside recycling pick-up, in an effort to make recycling easier to actually accomplish for those living and working throughout Los Angeles," said Debra Gerod, AIA, an AIA Los Angeles member and champion of this project. "We want to expand a focus on recycling, including education about what can be recycled, how to assure that recycled materials can be effectively re-used, as well as increasing the awareness of what the impacts of not recycling will be."

Specific elements of the initiative will be to implement recycling programs where none currently exists, and will seek policy changes on a local level, requiring communities to provide the necessary support to make these programs successful utilizing partnerships with government, engineers, designers, developers, grassroots organizations, businesses and residents.

Subsequently, the initiative's strategy will include all sectors, such as schools, restaurants, offices and multi-family residences. This effort enables the AIA LA members and staff to maintain public awareness regarding the impacts of discarding potentially recyclable materials and the impacts of using non-recyclable materials vital to the future welfare of Los Angeles' communities.

The grant award is a part of AIA's community-based initiative "Blueprint for America" celebrating its 150th anniversary. The AIA Los Angeles is a non-profit corporation that serves as an architectural community resource and represents the interests of organized architects and associated professionals within Los Angeles, and is a part of both the AIA California Council, and AIA, its grant benefactor.

With a focus on providing support and resources to advance the development of livable communities throughout the nation, the AIA earmarked grant funding available through a competitive bid process to support the efforts of regional architect member groups engaged in community-based work.

"We are excited to have been selected for this grant," added Ms. Gerod. "We see a strong collaboration with a great many groups and individuals to advance this very important issue regarding community recycling. With livable space at a premium in a dense area like Los Angeles, we know community recycling -- in its many creative forms -- is a key component to our coexistence."

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*The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving and empowering its members through advocacy, educational and outreach programs as well as educating the public on the value and importance of architecture. Members of the AIA include architects, associates working towards licensure, and affiliate members who work in a variety of allied fields. AIA/Los Angeles is the second largest local chapter of the AIA.

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    AIA Los Angeles
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