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Advocacy Update – November 2018

NATIONAL NEWS From AIA National: ICC Voting Open The ICC has concluded its Public Comment Hearings for Group A of the 2021 ICC, and registered members may now vote on proposals that will directly impact the next edition of the

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Advocacy Update – October 2018

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NATIONAL NEWS AIA Secures Language to Better Utilize Architects for Disaster Recovery Efforts Congress and President Trump enacted the Disaster Recovery Reform Act in October, paving the way for AIA to advance opportunities for architects to better serve communities when

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Advocacy Update – September 2018

NATIONAL NEWS AIA Seattle Director Represents AIA at Global Climate Action Summit AIA Seattle Executive Director Lisa Richmond joined the AIA National delegation at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in mid-September. The Summit was convened by the

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Advocacy Update – August 2018

NATIONAL NEWS AIA Adds Voice in Opposition to Asbestos AIA National issued comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Administrator this month on asbestos, opposing a proposed new federal rule that would create a pathway to consider new uses

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Advocacy Update – July 2018

STATE NEWS I-1631 Reaches Ballot, Endorsements Sought The signature gathering effort for Washington Initiative 1631, which would establish a carbon fee to reduce incentives for fossil fuel use, generate funds to invest in renewable resources and promote energy efficiency, was

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Advocacy Update – June 2018

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STATE NEWS Mass Timber AIA Washington Council submitted a proposal to the State Building Code Council (SBCC) in May to permit the use of mass timber in the construction of taller buildings. Proposals are currently being reviewed by the SBCC’s

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Advocacy Update – May 2018

STATE NEWS AIA Seattle Endorses I-1631 AIA Seattle’s Board of Directors has endorsed Washington Initiative 1631, the Protect Washington Act, which would establish a carbon fee to reduce incentives for fossil fuel use, generate funds to invest in renewable resources

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Advocacy Update – April 2018

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  STATE NEWS Carbon Ballot Measure This month a Thurston County judge approved the ballot title language for I-1631, this year’s carbon initiative aimed at reaching the November ballot. Ballot titles can make or break an initiative, and the judge’s

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Advocacy Update – March 2018

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STATE NEWS Legislative Session This year’s 60-day legislative session was characterized by significant movement on several Democratic priorities that had been stalled in recent years. As a result of the Democrats taking full control of state government in 2018, bills

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Advocacy Update – February 2018

With the 2018 Legislative Session in full swing, it continues to be a busy time in advocacy for the built environment. Read on to learn more about the bills AIA Washington Council is following most closely, as well as updates on Shift Zero, Seattle’s search for a new Seattle City Light CEO, and ways to get involved locally. Read more

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Advocacy Update – December 2017

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Architects asked to respond to EPA’s assault on the environment

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced on Oct. 10 that his agency will withdraw the Clean Power Plan which requires states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards based on their individual energy consumption. Architects Advocate is asking members to take

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Being an Effective Advocate: A Guide for AIA Seattle Members

Legislators look to their constituents to bring information to their attention and to let them know how they want to be represented. Architects can play a key role in public policy debates and decisions on issues important to the built

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AIA Seattle Reaffirms its Commitment to Combating Climate Change

AIA Seattle opposes President Trump’s move to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the world’s ability to deal with the impacts of climate change. We stand with AIA President Thomas

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Join AIA Seattle’s Committee on Homelessness

AIA Seattle’s public policy advocacy efforts span all aspects of a well-designed, livable city. Our concept of a livable city includes one where everyone has a home. AIA Seattle’s Public Policy Board has been exploring issues related to homelessness and

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Champions for Change: AIA Advocacy Opportunities

Opportunities to Comment ADUs/DADUs Comment on the scope of Seattle’s proposed ADU environmental impact statement, comment period extended to Nov. 16: http://www.seattle.gov/council/adu-eis Opportunities for Action Urban Design Transform downtown Seattle by volunteering your time on the Lid I-5 project Climate

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Summer 2017 Advocacy Updates – Mayoral Forum, Capital Budget & More

AIA Washington Council’s Spring Advocacy Conference prepares members for the next legislative session AIA Washington Council held its Spring Advocacy Conference in June to make preparations for the 2018 state legislative session.  Although the 2017 session remained stuck in budget

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Built Environment Mayoral Candidate Forum

Seattle will have a new mayor next year, and the built environment of our city is under stress like never before.  How do the candidates propose to accommodate the 3,125 new Seattleites who arrive each month while addressing the homelessness

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Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft EIS Available for Comment

The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that studies three alternatives for zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). MHA was a key recommendation of the Housing Affordability

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City Council votes on HALA-related rezones for Downtown and SLU

On Monday, April 10, the full Seattle City Council will vote to expand the City’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) rezone program to Downtown and South Lake Union.  MHA will require developers to build affordable homes or contribute to a City

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Federal, State and Local Advocacy Updates – and a new Advocacy Manager

The past month has been an active one for advocacy on the built environment, at every level, from city to state to federal. As always, AIA advocacy is led by our members’ interests, and enhanced by the expertise and engagement

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HALA: What’s Happening Now

The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) is a set of 65 recommendations issued by the 28 member HALA Advisory Committee to address Seattle’s housing affordability crisis. Read more

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Advocacy Update: AIA Endorsement of I-732, Action on Transit, Living Buildings, and More

Why AIA Seattle Endorses Initiative 732 The AIA Seattle Board of Directors has voted to endorse Washington Initiative 732, a plan to tax carbon emissions at their source over the next 40 years. We encourage AIA Seattle members to vote

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