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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of the City of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia spoke recently at a ULI Young Leaders Group networking event at Brisbane City Hall, giving a broad outline of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan—the planning blueprint for the city in the next seven years.Read More
Net-zero-energy (NZE) buildings were the focus at a recent conference in California, a state that has mandated that all new commercial buildings must be net-zero energy by 2030, and 50 percent of the existing commercial structures must be retrofitted.
Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that a project proposed through the citizen initiative process and subsequently approved by a council—without a public vote—was exempt from a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, overturning a lower court decision. Now, a project can potentially avoid months of costly CEQA-related delays if a developer raises enough signatures for an initiative and the council or board simply ratifies the project.
Investing in lower-emission public transport, using more renewable energy, and increasing efficiency in commercial buildings and waste management in cities across the globe could generate $17 trillion in savings in current dollars by 2050, according to a recent report from the New Climate Economy, an advocacy group.
Disruption was a theme that played through much of ULI’s recent Fall Meeting. While the focus was often technology and innovation, a panel at the meeting tackled water issues, calling them “risky business” for the West.
As part of a discussion of ULI’s America in 2015 survey, panelists at a ULI Philadelphia event said that green space and community gardens are an increasingly attractive amenities with both baby boomers and millenials looking to move closer to the urban core.
The availability of financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects has come a long way over the past few years, but it also has a way to go to gain further acceptance, experts in the field said during a session at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.