Celebrate Earth Day 2020

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
2 min readApr 21, 2020


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2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and AIA chapters around the country are holding webinars and celebrations this week. The natural world informs our work and our perspective on design. We’ve put together a guide from chapters in the cities where we have offices. Check it out. How are you celebrating Earth Day?

AIA New York: Join a webinar on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Wednesday, 4/22, 5:30pm — 7pm EST. This webinar will feature a panel discussion on the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. The conversation will discuss the various shocks to our planet and public health systems, and how cities can play a vital role in solving future crises. Click here to learn more.

AIA Pennsylvania: Attend a webinar titled “Zero-Energy Schools: How Innovative Concrete Systems Are Making It Possible” on 4/22 at 2pm — 3pm EST. This presentation provides designers with zero-energy strategies along with details on how to take advantage of the high R-value and thermal mass of ICFs to offer affordable schools with significant energy cost savings over the long term. Click here to find out more about this event.

AIA California: Design for Energy | AIA CA Climate Action Webinar Series with speaker Stet Sanborn, AIA, Principal at Smithgroup on 4/23 12pm PST. He will present on tools and resources that help teams incorporate climate change into their design process. Click here to find out more and register.

AIA SF COTE:Adaptation for Resilience” webinar this Tuesday 4/21 from 6–7:30pm PT. Join us for a vital and timely moderated conversation about designing adaptive, resilient & just environments during the ongoing climate and pandemic crises. Link to the event can be found here.

AIA East Bay: Virtual screening of the documentary The Story of Plastic. Details to be announced here soon.

Seattle COTE: Annual Earth Day sustainability slam online. Join on Wednesday, 4/22, from 12–1pm PST. More information can be found here!

The AIA Committee of the Environment was formed to advance and advocate for design practices that focus on both design excellence and environmental performance. To learn more and get involved, visit aia.org/cote.



Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Designing buildings that inspire connection and wonder in every person who experiences them.