A regenerative world
There are incredible people and ideas emerging each day to overcome the threat climate change poses to society’s future. Their efforts inspire us, and we're committed to thinking big and acting bold to work toward a regenerative planet.
We're rethinking systems, materials, climate action, the circular economy and more. Our teams and clients are creating solutions that push beyond net zero to carbon positive. It’s not just about reimagining, but reWILDing. Buildings, materials, processes, operations and more—how can we optimize each and every one to draw down emissions?
It's all possible. And it's all necessary to ensure a regenerative world for future generations.
Explore the ideas, people and projects pushing regenerative design forward across our firm.
There is no more time to waver on sustainable design. We have remarkably bold ideas and possibilities, but we need to unlock them. Net positive buildings, facades that capture carbon, buildings that grow and much more. Bold ideas. Bold action. That’s how we change the world and leave a regenerative legacy for future generations.Eric Corey Freed, RA, LFA, LEED Fellow, EcoDistricts AP Sustainability Director
I love the data. We have more data about our buildings, our climate and the future than ever before. That's incredible. Designing buildings and processes for future climates doesn't have to be guesswork. We can make decisions today with incredible confidence that they'll save lives in the future. How could that work not thrill you?Amir Rezaei, Ph.D., LEED, BEMP High Performance Building Engineer
I don't like to divorce the idea of sustainability in any way from discovery and research. I think they inherently inform one another. They're intertwined almost like a DNA helix. There is just a symbiotic relationship. And if we embrace that, we can create sustainable, wonderful spaces that elevate both. That's how I approach every design effort.Alicia Pandimos Maurer, AIA, LEED AP Science and Technology Practice Leader
Regenerative futures matter
According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization, by 2050 we will need to produce 60% more food to feed a world population near 9.3 billion.
The MU East Campus Plant Growth Facility is conducting plant research that catalyzes solutions for hunger, drought and other related challenges.
The greenhouse can support live soil and controlled soil in separate wings and simulate growing conditions anywhere in the world, as well as simulate the effects of climate change and increasing carbon dioxide levels on plant health and yields. Learn more about how the building is fueling innovations in plant science.
More than 150 coal plants have been retired in the U.S. with an estimated 240 still active. This is good news for the environment, but we need give these facilities sustainable new uses.
Bloomberg recently profiled the stunning afterlife of retired coal plants and included our St. Louis Power House in the feature article.
Constructed in 1928 and designated as a historic landmark, the Power House that once provided coal-fired steam to dozens of downtown St. Louis buildings is now our state-of-the-edge workplace. Learn more about how we preserved the building's historic features while infusing it with modern touches.
The Inflation Reduction Act is set to cut carbon emissions by about 1 billion metric tons by 2030, driving down emissions by about 42 percent from 2005 levels.
Cortex Innovation Community is leading the way in carbon reduction with its courageous sustainability action plan.
The plan addresses 12 categories across emissions, DEI, resilience and more. It offers achievable and measurable targets for the 200-acre development to improve its commitments to health, community, carbon and equity through 2050.
We proudly advocate for climate action and setting new standards and goals for reaching net zero emissions. In addition to making the AIA 2030 commitment, we're boldly pledging to decarbonize the built environment across numerous measures.