"Approximately 50% of all greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the construction and transportation sectors. The construction sector alone is responsible for 50% of annual energy consumption. Every actor in the building industry bears a part of the responsibility for this situation, but every actor also has the ability to make a difference in mitigating the effects of climate change. Architects are on the front line to engage this struggle.
Architects must be exacting in terms of energy performance for all the materials that go into their works. They must also consider the carbon footprint made by these materials during fabrication, transportation, construction, and maintenance. It is every architect's responsibility to preserve the natural resources of the planet, to eliminate waste, recycle, and use local resources with the imagination and ingenuity that characterise our profession. All know-how, techniques, technologies, and innovations must take us closer to these objectives. " ::UIA
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has some suggestions for members of the profession this day:
* Write to your local newspaper editor to remind them that Every Building has an Architect and to credit all images of buildings with the Architect's name.
* Write to your politician to encourage them to adopt the 2030 Challenge and a policy for architecture.
* Speak at a local school about the profession and the importance of the built-environment.
* Donate to the Own the Day campaign.
* Donate to Emergency Architects.