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The AIA has come out in strong opposition to Donald Trump’s June 1 decision withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement. The 2015 accord within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commits the international community to fighting harmful greenhouse gas emissions. According to a statement from AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA:

The United States must remain a leader in the battle to cease harmful and needless practices that damage the planet and its climate, acting out of both environmental concerns and national economic interests. Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors.

The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings. We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmosphere and harm our environment. This makes good sense economically, and it is in the best interests of those we serve: our clients and the public.

We will also urge our members throughout the United States and the world to assist cities, states, organizations and citizen groups in meeting the aims of the climate accord. “By adhering to our values as a profession that is concerned with human habitat and the health of our environment we will help to mitigate the harm this decision will do to our economy and to America’s stature across the globe.