Sustainability

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As Austin Grows, Preserving a Live (and Lively) Music Scene

Amid rising venue rents, housing affordability woes, and ever-present construction cranes in Austin, local music venues—and, therefore, local musicians—fear extinction.

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A cistern to the right of the grocery store's entrance can hold 11,700 gallons (44,000 liters) of water for use inside the store-and alerts customers to the project's commitment to sustainability. (Regency Centers)

How Stormwater Retention Paid Dividends for Three Sites

From a park in Washington, D.C., to a former department store warehouse in Portland, Oregon, to a Whole Foods site in suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, these diverse projects are linked by a common ingenuity in handling stormwater.

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Embracing the Future of Cities with Intentionality and Investment

Speaking at a recent ULI Belgium event, ULI senior resident fellow Tom Murphy said that intentionality made the Pittsburgh transformation possible after the decades-long collapse of the U.S. steel industry.

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ULI to Partner with 100 Resilient Cities to Help Improve Resilience of Urban Areas Globally

ULI has announced a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, becoming part of its Platform of Partners. In this capacity, ULI will offer expertise on building for resilience to a select group of 100RC cities as they design and implement their comprehensive resilience strategies. “In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with organizations such as ULI to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st century,” said Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities.

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Recent Articles

  • New Executive Director Named for the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance

    June 13, 2017

    Billy Grayson, an expert in sustainability program development for companies and organizations, has been selected to serve as the executive director of the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance.

  • CEO Perspective: On Sustainability

    June 12, 2017

    ULI has long supported and promoted sustainable development that conserves energy, land, and other natural resources. Our leadership in sustainability has never been driven by government regulations or policies. It has always been a market-driven, value-creating response to the changing environment, and nothing will change that. The forces that have shaped the institutionalization of sustainability and its wide adoption are not going away. In fact, they are going to become stronger and more prevalent in the years ahead.

  • Solar Array Yields Environmental—and Economic—Rewards

    May 26, 2017

    An office building in Palo Alto, California, benefits its city utility, university landowner, tenants, and the developer.

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

    May 22, 2017

    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.

  • Journalist Kevin Brass Named 2017 Apgar Urban Land Award Winner

    May 4, 2017

    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.

  • How Green Infrastructure Manages Stormwater, Enhances Property Values

    May 3, 2017

    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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