AIA empowers architects to design a world that allows people, communities, and our planet to thrive.

Sustainability is a key element of the architecture profession’s approach to design in the 21st century as it tackles the compounding global challenges of resource availability, water quality, and increasing pollution. Community sustainability goals are fulfilled in large part by an architect’s ability to create practical solutions to the challenges posed by climate change, population growth, and the pursuit of connected, healthier communities.

Follow the links below to see what your local communities are doing to keep Akron beautiful: 


  • The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.
  • The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is a third-party organization that provides independent oversight of professional credentialing and project certification programs related to green building.
  • LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the USGBC. LEED Certified buildings in Northeast Ohio. [map]
  • The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC works to transform the way our buildings and communities are designed, built and operated to improve our quality of life and protect natural resources for future generations.
  • Northeast Ohio Green Map
  • Keep Akron Beautiful
  • The Greenprint for Akron sets a vision for a sustainable community that contributes to climate and environmental protection which will create opportunities for a healthier quality of life and economic growth.