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Vail Daily letter: Withdraw from Paris Agreement is step back

As an architect, one of my key goals is designing sustainable buildings for current and future generations who will live and work in the structures I’ve created. A sustainable and resilient built environment is one of the best solutions we have to combat the effects of climate change.

That’s why I’m so concerned about President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement; 195 countries — including the United States — adopted this first-ever universal climate deal in 2015 that sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change.

Architects have a unique role to play in achieving the agreement’s goals. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings are responsible for 73 percent of all electricity consumption in the United States, with about half of that coming from commercial buildings. American architects are focused on designing buildings that are energy efficient and, in some cases, nearly carbon neutral. We have worked hand in hand with the federal government to help make our profession and country competitive global leaders in the quest for an energy-efficient built environment.

Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is a major step back for America’s global leadership in sustainable design.

Todd Vandenburg

Highlands Ranch

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