Creating Long-Term Value through Resiliency

Preparing for more frequent and intense storms, wildfires, or droughts as well as for incremental rises in sea levels and water temperatures can no longer be ignored in favor of cost cutting and short-term returns, according to a panel of sustainability experts at the 2015 Spring Meeting in Houston.

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A two-story glass-enclosed atrium was retrofitted to manage excessive solar heat gain and is now a desirable indoor space that serves as the heart of CBRE’s Los Angeles office. (CBRE)Sustainability

Aging Office Parks Revitalized with Healthy Amenities

While office tenants may not realize the significance of healthier buildings, experts speaking at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting said that in the kind of office that tenants want, most of the amenities center on wellness and health.

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Shifting the Focus of Commercial Strips from Moving Cars to Connecting People

ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative and the Rose Center for Public Leadership are taking a closer look at auto-oriented commercial strips and their potential to activate healthy behaviors in surrounding communities instead of inhibiting them through demonstration corridors in four geographically diverse and growing cities.

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Richard Kinder Chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan (left), talks with William Fulton of the Kinder Institute, during the General Session: Richard Kinder on Business Resilience at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.Sustainability

Pairing Business Discipline with Philanthropy in Houston

Public-private partnerships have helped drive Houston’s transformation in recent years. But in order for that formula to succeed, energy industry entrepreneur and civic philanthropist Richard “Rich” Kinder warns that it is essential for private donors to show the same sort of toughness and financial savvy that helped them make their business fortunes.

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Recent Articles

  • Making the Economic Case for More Walkability

    May 8, 2015

    In an Urban Land opinion piece, Mariela Alfonzo, founder of State of Place, argues for the economic development potential for walkability in places like Houston.

  • Tenant Star Legislation Embraces Voluntary Benchmarking

    May 7, 2015

    Nearly four years in the making, a new federal law authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to jointly create a voluntary Tenant Star program aimed at providing national recognition to tenants who design, construct, and operate highly energy-efficient leased spaces in commercial buildings.

  • Disney Research Harnesses the Synergy between Buildings and Infrastructure

    The efficiency strategies being researched by Disney Research China can be applied not only in Disney resorts—which are basically miniature cities with accommodations, attractions, transportation, and commerce—but also in communities of all shapes and sizes.

  • Cities Must Play a Leading Role in the Global Response to Climate Change

    May 6, 2015

    Speaking at the this year’s Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative Annual Forum in Beijing, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that cities have the ability to address the growing dangers of climate change, which he said is the biggest challenge facing humanity.

  • Bringing Healthy Living to Sun Belt Cities

    April 27, 2015

    No city in the United States is probably less likely to be the poster child for healthy living through physical activity than Houston. Yet things are changing, and these changes are making Houston a great laboratory that will help us figure out whether it is possible to change real estate development patterns in the Sun Belt in a way that increases physical activity and therefore improves public health.

  • Downtowns Rank Highly on AARP’s New Livability Index

    April 23, 2015

    Mifflin West of Madison, Wisconsin, was named America’s most livable neighborhood in AARP’s Livability index, followed by the Upper West Side of New York and Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

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