Sustainability

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The Edge: Setting a New Standard for Smart and Sustainable Offices in Amsterdam

Located in the Amsterdam financial and business district Zuidas, the Edge has been awarded the highest rating ever by the Building Research Establishment, the global assessor of sustainable buildings.

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Sarene Marshall, executive director, ULI Center for Sustainability, and  James Murley, chief resilience officer, Miami-Dade County, speaking at the recent ULI Florida Summit

A Call for Public/Private Partnerships to Help Win South Florida’s Battle with Rising Sea Levels

Conversations are taking place among private developers, public sector leaders, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions in south Florida on a shared, multifaceted approach to climate change. A panel on resilience and the real estate industry at the recent ULI Florida Summit in Miami described some of these emerging partnerships, which will be necessary to adapt to the new normal of sea-level rise as well as plan and pay for more resilient communities.

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(Lack of) Water Hazard

Golf course operators try to shave a few strokes off their water numbers.

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It is easier to design new buildings, such as IRENA’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to maximize energy efficiency than to retrofit old ones. (Photo by IRENA)

In Print: Can a City Be Sustainable?

“Urban living is one of the key drivers of unsustainability,” said Ed Groak, chairman of the Worldwatch Institute, at the recent launch of the 2016 State of the World report, Can a City Be Sustainable? Despite the many challenges, the report indicates that the answer is yes.

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Recent Articles

  • Demonstrating Healthy Corridors in Los Angeles’s Pacoima Neighborhood

    June 14, 2016

    After years of community conversations, planning, and stalled projects, the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacoima is getting closer to moving forward on a wide range of initiatives to bring new life to Van Nuys Boulevard, the area’s main thoroughfare.

  • ULX: Waterfront Open Spaces

    June 13, 2016

    The following ten waterfront open-space projects—all completed over the past five years—reconnect people to the water and emphasize resilience.

  • Renewing the Commitment to Lifting People Out of Poverty through Public Housing

    June 6, 2016

    While experts, speaking at the at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity 2016 conference in Boston, agree that a mixed-income environment is still the best platform to lift people out of poverty, they also said that new approaches and partnerships are needed to deliver on mixed income’s promise of economic mobility and racial and social integration.

  • Lessons from Yonkers and Beyond: Communities Grapple with Integration

    May 19, 2016

    Lisa Belkin’s book, Show Me a Hero, was first published in 1999, leading to a 2015 HBO six-part miniseries that dramatized what happened when Yonkers, New York, was ordered by a federal judge in 1985 to end its practice of racially segregating its population through its public housing program and school system.

  • Even in Affordable U.S. Cities, Energy Adds to Cost of Housing

    May 13, 2016

    Improving energy efficiency in low-income households could create a ripple effect of health, economic, and environmental benefits for individuals, families, and communities, says a new report on low-income households in 48 of the largest U.S. cities.

  • White House, New ULI Website Spotlight Building for Resilience

    May 12, 2016

    The White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes, held recently in Washington, D.C., is expected to raise awareness of the critical need for building codes to encourage urban development that is more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The event featured a discussion by Obama administration officials and public and private sector representatives of the key role of building codes in furthering community resilience.

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