As climate change poses greater financial risks to real estate in the form of near-term extreme weather events and longer-term impacts like sea-level rise, developers and owners are increasingly investing in new infrastructure and technologies, innovative design and construction methods, and other resilience strategies not only to protect their properties, but also to create value for their developments, according to Returns on Resilience: The Business Case, released by the Urban Land Institute.Read More
Over the past year, global real estate firms have reduced energy consumption in buildings by the equivalent of almost 280,000 barrels of oil and cut carbon emissions by the equivalent of removing 25,000 cars from the road, according to a new report, Greenprint Performance Report: Volume 6, released by the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance.Read More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized projects in communities in New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee as winners of the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.Read More
As drought continues its choke hold on California, continued development relies on making water supplies stretch further.Read More
Jared Green started to write Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World as a much-needed effort to avoid fatalism about the future, especially the effects of climate change, biodiversity loss, and rising inequality.
Bill Freeman sets out for his morning strolls early. The avid Boise, Idaho, walker strategically navigates the city’s north Vista Avenue corridor, avoiding certain difficult intersections.
August 29 marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina flooding New Orleans and devastating the Gulf Coast. From an urban development perspective, this is an anniversary that is best marked not by looking back at what was lost, but by looking at what has happened since.
As urbanization spreads, natural disasters are increasingly happening in urban areas. That means “the unit is not the household anymore,” said Mario Flores, director of disaster response field operations at Habitat for Humanity, speaking at a panel at the National Building Museum in D.C. “We need to look at the entire neighborhood, by block, by city.”
Only one third of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. Racing to Zero, a highlights some of the amazing solutions in San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps to reach zero waste by 2020.
Members of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council discuss ideas for redesigning the urban realm in ways that consume fewer resources and reduce or reverse environmental impacts. New technologies include driverless vehicles, decentralized water systems, landscapes that filter water, and buildings that reduce urban air pollution.