Sustainability

HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition Highlights Connection between Urban Development and Community Resilience

The $1 billion in National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) grants recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a critical step in helping states and communities across the nation become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, according to ULI. In addition, the grant proposals and winning applications have highlighted the important connections between urban design and development and improving community resilience.

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Blending Farmer’s Harvest with Retail, Multifamily Developments

For the first time in 30 years, local farmers have returned to the main floor of the historic Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market. Their heirloom tomatoes and organic kale now share the redeveloped 150,000-square-foot landmark with a long list of high-end shops, restaurant and event space and a “food truck park” next door. Across the country farmers markets are sharing space with more conventional retail space, often in prominent developments and redevelopments.

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Leveraging Tech to Improve Civic Services

Harnessing the power of big data and the internet, new tech capabilities allow governments to fine-tune services—and allow residents more influence.

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Endorsing a Global Alliance to Reduce the Real Estate Industry’s Carbon Footprint

ULI has endorsed formation of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) to advance the real estate industry’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change and reduce the industry’s carbon footprint on a worldwide scale. The agreement to form the alliance was signed December 3 in Paris during Buildings Day, an event held in conjunction with the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

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Recent Articles

  • In Print: Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs

    December 7, 2015

    Despite mounting evidence that a new urban growth model is needed, America continues to build dysfunctional cities and suburbs. The authors of this ambitious book would reverse that practice with “ecodesign,” their approach to urban and suburban planning, regulation, and development.

  • Breaking New Ground on Sustainable Development in Sydney

    December 2, 2015

    Barangaroo is an AUS$8 billion (US$5.8 billion) waterfront renewal project transforming a long-neglected part of Sydney’s central business district. It is also the city’s largest urban renewal project since the Olympic Games 15 years ago.

  • Developing More Sustainable, Connected Port Zones

    November 30, 2015

    San Francisco’s shoreline—once cut off from downtown by an elevated highway and a series of inaccessible piers—now offers a series of transit-accessible open spaces that link surrounding communities to the shore. How can cities better existing ports?

  • A Healthier, More Connected Future for Underperforming Commercial Corridors

    November 23, 2015

    How can urban and suburban arterials be reenvisioned as healthy places, with more housing, better transportation options, appealing land use patterns, and reinvigorated retail centers?

  • Outlook for Responsible Property Investment

    How can the real estate industry balance profitability with environmental and social benefits? Members of ULI’s Responsible Property Investment Council discuss how investors can integrate profitability, sustainability, and social benefits into real estate investment decision making.

  • ULI Boston Report Outlines Barriers, Solutions to Rising Seas

    Despite the record harsh winter of 2014–2015 that dumped 111 inches (281 cm) of snow on the city of Boston and the not-so-distant (2012) memory of the near-hit of Hurricane Sandy, instituting measures to safeguard against the effects of climate change and rising seas will not be an easy sell with the region’s utilities, property owners, government agencies, or general public.

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