Author: Monika Henn
Monika Henn is a senior manager of the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance.
Articles by Monika Henn
- The Future of Building Materials: Embodied Carbon and Why It Matters
Published on May 17, 2021 in Sustainability
At a concurrent session at ULI’s Virtual Spring Meeting, speakers made the business case for the importance of considering embodied carbon during development and construction, as well as explored how cities are creating policies to address embodied carbon and how real estate organizations have already started reducing carbon emissions.
- A Blueprint for a Greener Industry: Building the Foundation of a Real Estate ESG Program
Published on November 30, 2020 in Sustainability
Building on the leading sustainability work that ULI Greenprint member organizations have been implementing since 2009, the recently published ULI Blueprint for Green Real Estate report helps real estate owners and investors create or accelerate a sustainability program, and developers looking for ways to integrate sustainability into their overall development strategies. In an on-demand session at the 2020 ULI Virtual Fall Meeting, two sustainability directors at Greenprint member companies interviewed one another about creating their own blueprint for green real estate at their respective organizations.
- Halfway There: After Making Progress in Operational Efficiency, Buildings Must Now Consider Embodied Carbon
Published on November 15, 2019 in Sustainability
Embodied carbon refers to the emissions associated with manufacturing, transportation, and construction of building materials, as well as building disposal. As buildings become more efficient and emit less carbon during their operational lifetime, embodied carbon will become the majority share of building-related carbon emissions.
- Enhancing the Hotel Guest Experience through Sustainability
Published on July 16, 2019 in Sustainability
Wise choices in fixtures, finishes, and functions may draw guests’ attention.
- Improving Alignment of Public- and Private-Sector Climate Goals
Published on March 26, 2019 in Sustainability
Many U.S. cities are developing aggressive sustainability targets. Because the real estate sector accounts for half or more of their carbon emissions, cities are looking for strategies to engage the industry as part of their climate mitigation plans. The second ULI City and Real Estate Sustainability Summit, held at the 2018 Fall Meeting in Boston, explored what makes a successful public/private partnership and how the real estate industry has used them in the past.
- Helping Building Owners and Cities Partner to Reach Efficiency Goals
Published on July 30, 2018 in Inside ULI
With buildings accounting for 75 percent of U.S. electricity consumption, achieving these commitments will require the active participation and cooperation of the real estate sector. However, many U.S. cities are still in the very early stages of developing new policies and incentive programs to support the real estate industry in transitioning to more energy-efficient building development and management.