August 1, 2008
  An Inconvenient Truth Becomes “An UnBEARable Truth” at the 12th Annual International Canstruction Competition
At local Canstruction® competitions held in cities across North America this past year, animal-themed sculptures took center stage as many teams designed entries that focused on the increased threat the animal kingdom faces from global warming. Frogs, each delightfully unique, along with whales, penguins, birds, honeybees, bears, cows, octopus, scorpions, snakes, and even the lowly worm, vied for top honors when a prestigious jury convened in Boston this past May at the SDA and AIA annual conventions to declare six winners from a field of hundreds of local winners that went on to compete via photography at the International level.

President Purnell Testifies About Climate Change Before House Energy Committee
Testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality on behalf of the Institute’s 84,000 members on July 17, AIA President Marshall E. Purnell, FAIA, called for the development of stronger energy building codes as well as incentives to develop energy-efficient buildings. “As this committee has explored this issue through white papers and hearings, one theme has remained constant—any legislation addressing climate change must result in significant greenhouse gas reductions with minimal economic disruption.” Purnell said. “Improving the energy efficiency in our nation’s buildings offers the greatest potential for reducing carbon emissions at the lowest cost.”

AIArchitect Wins ASAE 2008 Communication Gold Circle Award
AIArchitect recently was honored with the 2008 Communication Gold Circle Award, the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership’s award recognizing innovative ideas and achievement in association communication campaigns. Recipients are selected for “demonstrating excellence in communication in the categories of print publishing, writing, electronic publishing, media relations, and emerging communication vehicles.” AIArchitect received the top award for “electronic membership periodical or e-newsletter of an association with an annual budget greater than $2 million.”

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