Each of the 10 architecture projects recently selected by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) for the 2010 COTE Top 10 Green Projects award exemplify sustainable design and feature solutions engineered to protect and enhance the environment. The 14-year-old awards program recognizes the thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technologies that go into creating truly sustainable buildings that contribute to their communities, as well as to their occupants.

The COTE Top 10 jury selected projects—schools, offices, affordable housing, a water treatment facility, and mixed-use buildings—that represent a wide range of viable sustainable strategies and "serve as examples of the kind of practical working solutions industrious designers can bring to every form of architecture," according to the jury's statement.

Winners of the 2010 COTE Top 10 Green Projects awards are:

Launch the slideshow to view each project. For more details on the winners, visit www.aiatopten.org/hpb/.

Jury members for the 2010 COTE awards were: Peter Busby, Assoc. AIA, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, Busby Perkins & Will; Robert Harris, FAIA, Lake Flato Architects; Denis Hayes, The Bullitt Foundation; Lisa Heschong, Heschong Mahone Group; Alison G. Kwok, AIA, University of Oregon; and Elizabeth I. Ogbu, Assoc. AIA, Public Architecture.