AIA/WA is Successful in Washington D.C.

The weather didn’t keep the AIA Washington Council members out of DC for the AIA Grassroots 2010 Leadership and Legislative Conference. This year fourteen AIA/WA members attended the conference.

Attendees were able to participate in presentations on: the AIA federal legislative agenda, developing leadership expertise and communication skills. Those attending also learned about resources provided by AIA National and heard from two key-note speakers, Dr. Richard Farson and Puanani Burgess.

Most importantly, AIA/WA members were able to meet with members of Congress, and their staff, to lobby on the profession’s federal issues. The focus of the advocacy effort is outlined in the Blue Print for Economic Recovery. The “Blue Print” includes advocating for: credit for commercial project development, the continuation of Community Development Block Grants, tax deductions for energy efficient commercial buildings and more.

Washington’s U.S Senator Maria Cantwell opened the conference with a key-note speech. Senator Cantwell discussed the need for American energy independence. She noted that role architects can play in reducing Americas energy use by designing more resource efficient buildings.

You can visit the AIA National website to see some of the presentations from Grassroots online. You can also visit the Grassroots Facebook page to see what members are saying about the event.

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