Sustainability

Cities Need to Build More Sustainably to Lower Housing Costs, Reduce Flood Risk

Cities are recognizing the risks associated with rising water levels, natural disasters, and potential epidemics. During ULI Washington’s recent Real Estate Trends event, panelists discussed the business case for employing sound methods and practices to create healthier, safer building environments.

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Kevin Brass, center, accepts the 2017

Journalist Kevin Brass Named 2017 Apgar Urban Land Award Winner

ULI has selected Kevin Brass as the recipient of the 2017 ULI Apgar Urban Land award, which recognizes industry articles of practical value published in Urban Land magazine, the Institute’s flagship publication. Brass was selected for three articles published in 2016: “Before It Runs Off,” which appeared in the May/June issue; “Drawing People In,” published in the January/February issue; and “Rerouting the Trinity River,” published in the September/October issue.

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How Green Infrastructure Manages Stormwater, Enhances Property Values

The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage stormwater runoff with systems using natural resources is explored in a new ULI publication, Harvesting the Value of Water.

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Surrounded on three sides by water, the city of St. Petersburg and the entire Tampa Bay region are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change. (image courtesy of the city of St. Petersburg)

Resilience Experts Examine Climate Issues Facing Florida’s Gulf Coast

ULI Tampa Bay’s Realizing Resilience report offers recommendations for St. Petersburg to be climate resilient in ways that benefit all residents of the community, regardless of income.

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Recent Articles

  • T3 Office in Minneapolis Is Another Step Forward for Timber Construction

    April 20, 2017

    Hines is widely known for building glass-and-steel skyscrapers. So, it would seem that the developer is going a bit against the grain in its latest endeavor with a boutique office property in Minneapolis made largely of wood.

  • Improving Seattle’s Lower Duwamish River Area

    April 17, 2017

    In 2015, ULI’s Advisory Services program convened a ULI resilience panel to study issues facing the area surrounding the Lower Duwamish Waterway, which is badly polluted with toxins and industrial waste and was identified in 2001 as a Superfund site by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Two years later, the cleanup of the river continues and there is renewed interest in addressing the community issues.

  • Seattle’s Transportation Transformation

    April 10, 2017

    In an area bound by waterways, public and private sector entities, supported by voters, pull out all the stops for better mobility.

  • Three Cities Tapping into the U.S. Brewery Boom

    April 7, 2017

    Breweries have an almost magical ability to revitalize neighborhoods and even entire towns, according to panelists speaking at ULI’s 2017 Carolinas Meeting.

  • Millennials’ Preferences Are Good News for Mixed-Income Development

    March 29, 2017

    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?

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

    March 20, 2017

    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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