The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected seven communities throughout the country to receive technical assistance under the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program in 2013.

The communities selected are CoralBay, St. John; Covington, Ky.; Lee County, Fla.; Livingston, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; Sebastopol, Calif.; and Tremonton City, Utah.
Through the SDAT program, AIA provides assistance to communities to develop policy frameworks and long-term sustainability plans. Since 2005, the program has provided technical assistance to 68 communities across more than 30 states.

“As the SDAT program has evolved, communities all over the country have embraced and implemented the detailed solutions for neighborhood revitalization, transportation infrastructure challenges and economic development that our volunteer teams have provided after conducting background research and an intensive design and planning charrette,” says Erin Simmons, director, AIA Design Assistance.
The SDAT community assistance program provides the selected communities with these components:

  • Preliminary/scoping visit;
  • Three-day visit from a multidisciplinary team;
  • A report highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the community with regards to sustainability, along with the opportunities and obstacles to change; and
  • Consultations after the three-day visit (by phone or email).