COTE- Committee on the Environment
Mission: The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to sustain and improve the environment by advancing and disseminating environmental knowledge and values, and advocating the best design practices to integrate built and natural systems to the profession, industry, and public.
Diane Van Buren
Sustainable Finance and Planning Consultant
Zachary and Associates, Inc.
Diane Van Buren combines a passion for wise community investment and sustainable development practices to assist businesses and organizations plan and finance affordable green developments. With over twenty years experience with the Detroit-based planning and development firm Zachary and Associates she has been engaged in critical planning and marketing efforts for both nonprofit organizations and for-profit developers with specific expertise in sustainable communities, financing green buildings, commercial revitalization strategies, green jobs and historic preservation.
Ms. Van Buren served as a Public Director on the National Board of the American Institute of Architects 2007-2008 and served on the Sustainability Committee and Long Range Planning Committees. Additionally, she serves as a board member for Wayne State University Honors College and is a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy from Michigan State University, where she also earned a BA in Education with high honors.
Jason received his a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Architecture from LTU. He is also a member of the Emerging Professionals Committee and was the Mentorship Chair for 2009-2011. Jason is currently working as a Construction Manager / Owner’s Representative for Jacobs Engineering Group.