Architecture 2030 was begun in response to the climate change, energy and economic crises by architect Edward Mazria in 2002, and formally established as a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization in 2006. Through research, education and outreach, 2030 works with policymakers, utilities, Building Sector leaders, professionals and professional organizations to:
• achieve a dramatic reduction in the global fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings, housing developments and communities are planned, designed and constructed, and;
• to foster the regional development of an adaptive and highly resilient Building Sector that can successfully manage climate change impacts and access secure, low-cost, renewable, local and site energy resources to minimize dependence on fossil fuels.
Major initiatives include, the 2030 Challenge, the 2030 Challenge for Planning, the 2030 Challenge for Products, the Seattle 2030 District, the AIA + 2030 Professional Education Series, improving building energy codes and standards, design education programs, keynote presentations and lectures, ongoing Building Sector research published in white papers and regular E News Bulletins, numerous incentive programs tied to specific building energy reduction targets and job creation, and a new, web-based, planning and design framework called the 2030 Palette™ due to launch by 2013.