Action Launch

Letter Writing Campaign: Start Date November 29th


 

Canadian architects are committed to creating and renovating buildings with an operational footprint of net-zero carbon by 2050 (the goal of the IPCC special report limiting global mean temperature rise to 1.5ºC). We have demonstrated net-zero precedents that are capital cost-neutral when compared to conventional construction. Reductions of 90-100% operational GHGe and 70% reductions in thermal energy are possible today even on large scale renovation projects, such as the renovation of the OAA’s own headquarters in Toronto, which met the net-zero goal a full decade early with an operational energy reduction of 70%.  

We have even produced zero-operational carbon buildings at half the cost of conventional construction. But we must also look at how our business practices may support continued expansion of fossil resources, and we must encourage our financial partners to divest from these practices to keep in line with the 1.5ºC pathways. This action is also important to our clients, and to the allied professionals we work with on a daily basis. Our clients expect us to lead not only in professional knowledge and technology, but also in the way that we practice the business of architecture.

We believe that communicating with our finance and insurance partners is the first step in helping the world of finance understand that Architects have solutions to limit the climate crisis, but that we need their support to take action.

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With the help of our finance partners, through divestment from fossil fuels, and with abundant investment green financing,  we can achieve a successful transition to a post-carbon future. Canadian architects are prepared to design this post-carbon future with high-performance infrastructure and efficient, resilient communities and buildings running on clean, green and renewable energy. We encourage our professional colleagues to see how other firms have initiated this process by viewing the resources provided here. We welcome your own experiences and stories of divestment here, just drop us a line here at our contact form

Letter Responses and Divestment/New Account Action

January 2020


Architects gathering at MJMA for Fridays for Future, October 25th, 2019 to discuss how we move our practices into meaningful action to address the climate crisis

 

EVENTS

  1. Link to upcoming half day courses (varying dates and locations) on how to implement TFDC recommendations here: https://mantle314.ticketspice.com/introduction-to-climate-disclosure-2
  2. Join your local #FridaysForFuture Strike Action with a super-sized Poster of your Divestment Letter and post to your social media accounts with the hashtag #architectsdivest
  3. Future Events; Upcoming General Strike, Friday November 29th, 2019. All Cities worldwide!

“We must move to a financial institutions that support not only our business, but also our ethical and moral responsibilities as professionals” ~ Andy Thomson, M.Arch, OAA

Our Team

Canadian architects dedicated to a post carbon future


Canadian architects have been informally discussing the lack of green banking and/or fossil-divested banks in Canada. This is important to us as we are committed to take action to reduce the 40% energy and GHG emissions that the AEC sector is responsible for in Canada. This reduction must be radical, and the timeline is urgent. To this end, as many architects have collectively declared their own climate emergencies and signed on to this commitment form at https://ca.architectsdeclare.com/

Jennifer Cutbill is the Vancouver-based Architect from Lateral Agency that started the Canadian Architects Declare Site. Andy Thomson and Bruce Haden have been active in taking action beyond the scope of their design practice and into the way architects do business. Each of their firms have committed to climate-positive activism and advocacy in their respective regions, and collectively we have launched this website to help others follow suit.

 

 

 

BRUCE HADEN, AIBC, MRAIC, LEED®A.P.

Architect, HUMAN STUDIO, VANCOUVER

Bruce is a Principal at Human Studio Architecture and Urban Design. He is passionate about using all tools at his disposal to respond to the climate catastrophe.

JENNIFER CUTBILL, AIBC, FRAIC, LEED®G.A.

ARCHITECT, LATERAL AGENCY, VANCOUVER

Jennifer Cutbill is founding Principal at Lateral Agency – a regenerative development practice focused on systemic change to address symptoms and root causes of our joint crises of climate, health and equity. She initiated the Canadian Architects Declare site to help empower our collaborative agency for transformative change.

ANDY THOMSON, M.Arch, OAA

ARCHITECT, THOMSON ARCHITECTURE, INC. BARRIE

Andy is taking action beyond climate-positive architecture and into green business practices, politics and advocacy  and has  launched this website to help other Architects and Allied Professionals lead climate action in Canada.

Article Resources

BANK POLICIES

  1. General: https://www.carbontracker.org/reports/breaking-the-habit/
  2. HSBC: https://350.org/hsbc/
  3. RBC: http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/news/2019/20190424-green-bond.html
  4. Vancity:https://www.vancity.com/AboutVancity/VisionAndValues/ValuesBasedBanking/EnvironmentalSustainability/
  5. Vancity: https://vcim.ca/impact/were-proud-to-address-climate-risk/
  6. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/16/goldman-sachs-targets-750-billion-for-climate-transition-projects.html
  7. Goldman Sachs becomes first major US bank to stop funding arctic drilling

How will Canadian Banks ensure accountability of adherence to reductions required in the 2018 IPCC Special Report, and will they be in full compliance with PRI/TFCD recommendations?

PROFESSIONAL ACTION

  1. Architects Advocate
  2. Architects Declare https://ca.architectsdeclare.com/
  3. CAPE Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Divest
  4. CELA Canadian Environmental Law Association
  5. Toronto 2030 District
  6.   AIA Advocacy
  7. Architecture 2030
  8. Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  9. Council on Environmental Quality
  10. COTE Advocacy
  11. Environmental Protection Agency
  12. Fossil Free Funds
  13. Green Building Council (USGBC)
  14. NASA
  15. Natural Resource Defense Council
  16. National Centers for Environmental Information
  17. United Nations – Framework Convention on Climate Change
  18. We Are Still In
  19. Project Drawdown

 

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Press Contacts

Architects Divest c/o

Jennifer Cutbill | Vancouver

Bruce Haden | Vancouver

Andy Thomson | Barrie

Contact & Events

Looking for more information or a human to chat with?  You can send us an email at the contacts page, and discover events there too!

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