Author: August Williams-Eynon
August Williams-Eynon is a senior associate with the Greenprint Center for Building Performance and the Urban Resilience team, both housed in the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance.
Articles by August Williams-Eynon
- Nature Positive and Net Zero: Four Scales of Action for Ecological Real Estate
Published on November 10, 2022 in Sustainability
Stakeholders across the real estate value chain are increasingly recognizing that the climate crisis and biodiversity loss are deeply interlinked, and one issue cannot be solved without addressing the other. However, solutions are ready and available for real estate to implement today, according to a new report out of ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance: Nature Positive and Net Zero: The Ecology of Real Estate, sponsored by Jacobs.
- Five Innovations Enhancing “Cloudburst” Resilience
Published on June 22, 2022 in Sustainability
Extreme rain events are increasing in frequency due to climate change, and many cities’ infrastructure and landscapes are not equipped to manage the intense volumes of water. Further, storm and sewer drains are slow, expensive, and disruptive to update for higher volumes, and channeling water directly out of the landscape creates missed opportunities to enhance landscapes with green infrastructure, biodiversity, and restorative recreational space for urban residents.
- Visualizing Future Emissions: New EPA Tool Helps Real Estate Reduce Carbon Risks
Published on May 12, 2022 in Sustainability
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new tool to help real estate companies estimate past, current, and future carbon emissions from their buildings and portfolios, which promises to facilitate easier tracking and reporting on progress toward net zero.
- Retrofitting for Resilience: How to Protect Existing Buildings from Floods, Fires, and More While Preserving Embodied Carbon
Published on April 28, 2022 in Sustainability
How can existing buildings be retrofitted to withstand increasing climate risks? It is no secret that most buildings in use today are not prepared to handle stronger storms, higher sea levels, and longer wildfire seasons. With two-thirds of 2040’s global building stock already built, these structures must be addressed, according to a new ULI report, Resilient Retrofits: Climate Upgrades for Existing Buildings.
- World Green Building Week: Resilient Buildings Are Key to a Green Future
Published on September 15, 2021 in Sustainability
A growing number of resilient buildings can serve as models for how to embed resilience in building design and economics, ensuring that both inhabitants and financial performance are protected in the long run.
- Five Cost-Effective Technologies Enabling Buildings to Reach Net Zero
Published on May 10, 2021 in Sustainability
The path to net-zero buildings may sound daunting, but five technologies can help break it down: reduce building energy demand as much as possible, use sensors to optimize what cannot be eliminated, and turn to renewables to meet whatever demand remains through on-site and then off-site options, with batteries to make sure the power is there when needed. Experts speaking at an on-demand session outlined how key technologies can work in concert to achieve the net-zero goal.
- Cities Look to Combined Public/Private Action to Scale Up Climate Resilience
Published on February 05, 2021 in Sustainability
Collaborative efforts were celebrated at a Centre for Liveable Cities World Cities Summit Preview event on climate resilience in January, which explored how to accelerate cooperation between the public and private sectors.
- The New, Old Real Estate: Capturing Value, Sustainability, and Community Impact by Repositioning Older Buildings
Published on June 29, 2020 in Sustainability
In a recent ULI webinar, four experts in design, development, and sustainability explored the opportunities and challenges inherent in repositioning buildings.
- Preparing for the “Big One”: Community Earthquake Resilience in Utah and Beyond
Published on June 15, 2020 in Sustainability
The Salt Lake City area experienced a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in March just days after national and state public emergencies were declared in response to the coronavirus pandemic; Los Angeles also experienced a similar-sized earthquake in June. To help municipalities in the Salt Lake City region create a more resilient and equitable disaster response to this and future earthquakes, ULI Utah—with the support of the Institute’s Urban Resilience Program—brought in local and national experts for a webinar on how Utah and other seismically vulnerable places can start preparing today for the “Big One” that could arrive any day.
- Containing Cost While Lowering Emissions in Design and Construction
Published on May 29, 2020 in Sustainability
Leading development and construction companies participating in a ULI webinar showcased how innovation in design and construction is reducing environmental impact, with significant savings that can offset any added cost.