In recognition of last week’s Earth Day 2003, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment have selected 10 examples of architectural and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.Washington D.C. – May 2, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The top ten projects were honored on May 1 during a presentation at the National Building Museum, by COTE Chair Daniel Williams, FAIA, and then will be again honored on May 9 at the AIA National Convention and Design Expo in San Diego, California. The selected projects address significant environmental challenges with designs that integrate architecture, technology and natural systems. The top ten projects make a positive contribution to their community, improve comfort for building occupants, and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as: reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact site development, energy and water conservation, use of “green” construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality. The AIA’s Committee on the Environment represents more than 5300 AIA members committed to making sustainable design integral to the practice of architecture. The sixth annual AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects initiative was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Building News magazine. The Jury selected projects that cover a broad spectrum of project types. Facilities include both new construction and renovation of office, retail, residential, academic and institutional facilities. The panel of jurors included: Peter Bohlin, FAIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, of Ross Barney + Jankowsky; Drury Crawley, AIA, U.S. Department of Energy; Jacqueline Rose, AIA, Environmental Protection Agency; and Douglas Kelbaugh, FAIA, University of Michigan. “The variety we saw was encouraging,” said the AIA jury panel. “The profession is clearly beginning to address sustainability in increasingly sophisticated and effective design solutions. Whether reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change, peak energy loads to lessen demand on the power grid, using storm water on site to eliminate run-off, conserving building water, or preserving wetlands, these buildings also promise to enhance the level of comfort and amenity for the people who inhabit them. In future years, the jury recommends broadening the competition scope to include an additional open category of submissions such as research, best practices, urban design and land use studies, and educational resources.” Click the link below for a complete list of the AIA winners, including photos and detailed information about each particular structure.