ESG in Focus: Looking Ahead at a More Sustainable Industry in 2021

A new report from the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance highlights the commercial real estate industry’s increasingly focused view of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies in 2021. The Sustainability Outlook 2021 is the Institute’s first-ever look ahead on issues that are specific to ESG-related concerns in the real estate industry. Members from ULI’s Sustainable Development Council, along with ULI Global Chairman Owen D. Thomas and ULI Trustee Ken Hubbard, contributed to this report.

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Highlighting Best Practices for Climate Resilience from Five Global Cities

A new publication from ULI and Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities calls on cities worldwide to recognize their common challenges in building climate resilience. It sets out a strategy for mobilizing individuals—whether in business, government, or civic organizations, or as residents—to act as global citizens and take steps toward making their cities more climate resilient.

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New U.S. Administration’s Climate Plan Would Propel Innovation in Sustainability

The climate plan outlined by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is significant in that it reaffirms a commitment to addressing climate challenges, , said panelists participating in a recent webinar hosted by the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance. The plan would also provide considerable resources to support and propel innovation throughout the real estate industry in key areas such as energy efficiency, carbon emission mitigation, and climate change resilience.

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Urging Toronto to Retrofit Aging Housing to Preserve Affordability  

The city of Toronto should take action now and develop a long-term housing strategy to retrofit more than 800 private rental towers to create sustainable buildings, according to a report released by ULI Advisory Services.

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Recent Articles

  • Setting a Net-Zero Carbon Goal for 2050

    December 18, 2020

    In October, the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance announced an additional goal to reduce the operational carbon emissions of its members’ collective buildings to net zero by the year 2050. Eleven ULI Greenprint members have already publicly committed to this target on top of the 50 percent carbon reduction goal by 2030 that all ULI Greenprint members have already pledged.

  • Undoing the Policies and Practices That Created Residential Segregation across the United States

    December 14, 2020

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: The segregation of urban neighborhoods across the United States since the Great Depression was largely created by policies and practices established and enforced by local and federal authorities, Richard Rothstein, author of the bestselling book The Color of Law, said during a group discussion with ULI members at the 2020 ULI Building Healthy Places Forum.

  • ULI Resilience Summit: Calling for Action on Mitigating Climate Risk

    In early December, ULI members gathered virtually to discuss climate risk and real estate at the second annual Resilience Summit. The event’s agenda focused on how real estate and land use professionals can prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and where leadership could help shape better outcomes for the future.

  • A Tipping Point for Green Bonds? Opening Up Global Capital to Sustainable Investing

    December 11, 2020

    The appetite for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing continues to soar, with record inflows amid the pandemic. “Green bonds” in particular have risen in popularity dramatically over the decade, from what ULI considered an emerging trend a few years ago to a mainstream investment opportunity in 2020.

  • Exploring Issues of Environmental Justice and Land Use

    December 10, 2020

    Real estate practitioners can drive meaningful advances in equity by learning about, and partnering with, community-based organizations committed to change.

  • Environmental Justice Series: Catalyst Miami

    Catalyst Miami (CM) envisions a just and equitable society in which all communities thrive. Since 1996, CM has helped thousands of Miami-Dade residents become financially secure and civically engaged through our dual service-delivery and organizing model. CM recognizes that health and wealth are part of an overall continuum—without well-being in those areas, the capacity of individuals and families to effect change through leadership, community involvement, and network participation is limited. But without leadership, involvement, and participation, Miami’s communities will be unable to address the broader structural causes of poverty and inequity.

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