RISING21: Virtual Symposium (AIA New Orleans) centering discussion around Climate, Carbon, and Equity

The AIA New Orleans 2030 Committee is running RISING21 this week. This is the second year of these sessions that aspire to advance awareness and knowledge among practitioners in the region of climate change, resilience, and equity.

The symposium will be conducted via a virtual platform over two days, Thursday and Friday, from 12:30-4:30pm CT . Thursday’s event will include a Kira Gould as a keynote followed by panelists covering the basics of energy-efficient design, then opening up the topics to working discussion groups. On Friday, Z Smith is the keynote speaker and then we will advance discussion over two panel discussions around power production and embodied carbon related to material and structural choices. There are 8 CEUs available for attending.

We have a lot of discussion sessions planned for this year. We’re hoping to engage you all better and give you more, focused access to professionals to collaborate with during the symposium, and ask the targeted questions you need answered.

A mix of panel presentations and focused break out discussions will facilitate action around a range of pressing climate-change issues and cutting-edge solutions including:

• Overview of energy efficiency practices, timeline and targets, net-zero design practices, and material considerations.

• Cross-disciplinary working groups

• Case Studies

• Introduction of emerging tools that test, measure and verify design performance​​​​​​​

We invite architects, MEP professionals, interior designers, structural engineers and all city/urban planners to embrace these challenges and seek solutions through the RISING21 symposium. Please consider attending for both or one day, and share with architects, developers, contractors, and community members who might want to join us!

If you have any hesitations or questions, feel free to reach out to me – I’d be happy to discuss the event with you in more detail.