Climate Risk and Real Estate: Emerging Questions and New Strategies

Webinar Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 1:00 -2:00 p.m. EDT
Price: Free for ULI members | $100 for nonmembers

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How does climate change impact real estate investment, development, and planning?  How do designers, asset managers, and public officials identify and mitigate new and unprecedented risks?

Join us for an exploration of the unique challenges presented by climate change, and how leading organizations are adapting their strategies accordingly. In this webinar, the sixth in the 2018 series of webinars presented by the ULI Responsible Property Investment Council, panelists will discuss their early experiences wrestling with these issues across the spectrum of real estate. Whether incorporating sea-level rise into design decisions, evaluating portfolio and asset exposure, or diagnosing community and infrastructure needs at a time when “the models are broken”, the questions raised by — and our responses to — climate risks can influence many aspects of real estate development.



Jack Davis (moderator)
Director of Program Development
RE Tech Advisors

Jack Davis leads RE Tech’s guidance and consulting efforts centered on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies for institutional investors and real estate investment managers across North America. With more than 20 years of experience in development, energy, infrastructure, and sustainability, Jack applies his expertise to driving greater engagement and activity by leading real estate organizations on today’s pressing ESG issues. Jack is a member of the ULI Responsible Property Investment Product Council (RPIC) and supports clients with research and analysis, strategy development, program design, stakeholder engagement, and the successful execution of market-based ESG initiatives.

Jill Ziegler
Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
Forest City Realty Trust

As Director of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Forest City Realty Trust, Jill shapes Forest City’s position as a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability leader within the real estate industry by designing and leading the company’s ESG strategy, integrating ESG throughout the business, and communicating the company’s ESG performance to stakeholders. She is active in both local and national sustainability organizations, including the Cleveland 2030 District (Board chair), the national 2030 Districts Network Board of Governors, the Cleveland Tree Coalition (Co-chair), and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts’ Real Estate Sustainability Council.

Laura Craft
Head of Global Real Estate Sustainability ESG

Laura is Heitman’s Head of Global Sustainability. Heitman is a real estate investment manager with ~$42 billion in real estate private equity, debt and securities investments across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. She leads the firm’s ESG platform and interacts across business lines and regions to establish systematic approaches to address and implement ESG investment principals.

Joyce Coffee
Climate Resilience Consulting

Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, president of Climate Resilience Consulting, works with clients to create practical strategies that enhance markets and communities through adaptation to climate change.

She has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors implementing resilience and sustainability strategies, management systems, performance measurement, partnerships, benchmarking and reporting.

Prior experience includes USAID’s US-Asia Environmental Partnership (Asia and Washington), the World Bank (Vietnam), MWH (Chicago and Egypt), Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design (Chicago) Chicago Climate Action Plan at the City of Chicago, Edelman, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, ND-GAIN

Joyce is a Senior Sustainability Fellow at the Global Institute of Sustainability and advises various high level resilience groups, including the Climate Bond Initiative’s Adaptation and Resilience Expert Group, Climate KIC’s City Finance Lab, Resilience Brokers Programme, the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment workgroup, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, the Anthropocene Alliance, the US Green Building Council Illinois Chapter, The Climate Service, MIT CoLab, and the National Science Foundation’s Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network.