Leaders of the AIA and the U.S. Green Building Council have signed a memorandum agreeing to develop a strategic alliance toward advancing the two organizations' shared goals and complementing existing collaborative activities that include continuing education, research, and the AIA-coordinated 2030 coalition.

Focusing in areas where there is already strong collaboration, AIA and USGBC will create a strategic alliance and associated work plan in three main areas: advocacy, education, and research. AIA and USGBC staff and volunteer leadership identified at least 10 possible collaborative projects, with prospects of more to be identified in the near future.

The strategic alliance will include an annual leadership meeting, regular meetings between senior staff leadership, and existing efforts, such as reciprocal sponsorship of USGBC's Green-build and the AIA's annual convention.