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Real estate interest in ESG claimed to be ‘stronger than ever’
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WASHINGTON (January 19, 2021) – A new report from the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that the real estate industry will take an increasingly focused view of environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies in 2021. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary real estate organization whose work is driven by more than 45,000 members dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving communities.
The ULI 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 (SDC), along with ULI Global Chairman Owen D. Thomas and ULI Trustee Ken Hubbard, contributed to this report.
“While the health crisis and social unrest dominated much of our attention in 2020, sustainability has remained at the forefront,” said Thomas, chairman, Boston Properties. “In fact, as this sustainability outlook shows, the events of the past year have led to health and wellness as well as a social equity cementing themselves as key components of sustainability. While this poses new challenges for how we in the industry will measure portfolio risk, value, and performance, it also reinforces just how intertwined our work is with so many aspects of people’s lives.”
The Sustainability Outlook 2021 focuses on three key questions sent to the interviewees: what sustainability topics are on the rise, why do they matter, and what should the industry do about it? Based on the ULI member input received, Greenprint compiled a “top-ten” list of sustainability issues that the industry will be facing over the next year:
“The current moment requires us to be steadfast in the pursuit of a future that is more inclusive, healthy, green, and resilient,” said Marta Schantz, Senior Vice President, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance. “We appreciate insights from ULI members to highlight these top ten topics shaping sustainability in 2021. From ESG investing to grid-interactive buildings, and from climate risk to healthy buildings, it’s an exciting time for the real estate industry to advance sustainability.”
You can find the ULI Sustainability Outlook 2021 on ULI’s Knowledge Finder platform.
About the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance
The ULI Greenprint Center’s mission is to lead the global real estate industry towards improved environmental performance, focusing on energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. ULI Greenprint is a member-driven organization that achieves its goals through measurement, action and education. Through measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and the implementation of best practices, ULI Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and to achieve net zero carbon operations by 2050. ULI Greenprint is a research center within the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, which also oversees ULI’s Urban Resilience Program and the Building Healthy Places initiative. For additional information, visit uli.org/greenprint.