Sustainability

Egbert Perry left, chairman and CEO of the Integral Group, and Michael Leccese, ULI Colorado executive director, speaking at an event in Denver.

Millennials’ Preferences Are Good News for Mixed-Income Development

With Denver’s population expanding from about 470,000 in 1990 to 700,000 today, many longtime residents in some gentrifying neighborhoods find it difficult to remain as rents, home prices, and property taxes climb. How do communities in other U.S. cities provide for both lower-income families and local culture while being revitalized?

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Opening day at Jacob Levy Park in Houston, Texas. (©Morris Malakoff/ Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy)

Adding Green Space and Value in Houston’s Upper Kirby District

A $15 million redevelopment of Levy Park in Houston’s Upper Kirby District neighborhood southwest of downtown creates green space and placemaking for the growing city of Houston.

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Video: U.S. Mayors at South by Southwest Discuss Tech Economy in Cities

Two of the current ULI Rose Center fellows, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., and Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose, California, gave brief interviews on what their cities are doing for the tech sector. housing affordability, and infrastucture. Liccardo said, “We are starting to recognize that the suburban tilt-up campus of a generation ago are not what young creative people want to work in today and we need to think more and more about how we’d retrofit a city that was really largely built for cars into a city that’s built for people.”

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From left to right: moderator Brenna S. Walraven, BOMA fellow, president and chief executive officer, Corporate Sustainability Strategies;  Philip Payne, principal and chief executive officer, Ginkgo Residential; David Komet, chief executive officer, Alternivest; and Arianna Sacks Rosenberg, senior project manager, The Hudson Companies.
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Profit- and Market-Driven Solutions for Sustainable Real Estate

While U.S. policies on energy may shift in the coming years, panelists speaking at an event in New York City in February said that no backtracking is in sight regarding the integration of sustainability into the best practices of the real estate industry.

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Recent Articles

  • Autonomous Vehicles: Hype and Potential

    March 1, 2017

    Autonomous private vehicles could boost sprawl and the number of miles traveled. Autonomous rapid transit promises a much better payoff.

  • How San Diego’s Smart City Tech Is Reducing Traffic, Saving Energy

    February 27, 2017

    Leaders in transforming San Diego into a smarter city came together in February at a ULI San Diego/Tijuana breakfast program to discuss strides the city has made, what is coming next, and the need to get public buy-in for deploying technologies needed to advance the city’s Climate Action Plan goals, improve quality of life all residents, and accommodate future growth.

  • Calculating the Cost of Excess Parking in Transit-Oriented Developments

    February 14, 2017

    A new study of TOD and parking, Empty Spaces, which focused on five case studies and was released by Smart Growth America in partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning, found that even some of the top TOD projects in the United States had built too much parking.

  • Focus on Energy Efficiency Shifting from Prescription to Performance

    February 13, 2017

    Energy and energy efficiency were recurring topics at a recent event hosted by ULI Los Angeles, as developers and planners wrestle with ways to improve the efficiency of buildings and communities. New technology and government mandates have helped push the issues to the forefront, but speakers emphasized repeatedly the need for a different way of thinking about short- and long-term goals.

  • In Print: The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience

    February 10, 2017

    Cities and suburbs are natural places for designs inspired by natural systems, according The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway, a guidebook to permaculture design in the concrete jungle. “Permaculture design is turning out to be beautifully suited to urban contexts,” says Hemenway.

  • Every Drop Counts in Making Amsterdam “Rainproof”

    February 9, 2017

    Even Amsterdam’s fairly modern sewage system and the ubiquitous canals and rivers are not likely to withstand the kind of intense rainfall Europe has recently experienced. Expanding the existing infrastructure to process ever-larger amounts of water is also not viable. The ultimate solution lies in a variety of measures ranging from very small ones, such as individuals putting water tanks in gardens, to larger projects like installing permeable surfaces in public spaces.

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