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New Multi-Year Initiative to Accelerate Decarbonization of the Built Environment, Create Global Network of Case Studies and Resources
WASHINGTON D.C. (November 3, 2021) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected eight global cities to participate in the first year of a multi-year initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the environmental performance of the real estate industry around the globe. Launched in July 2021, the Net Zero Imperative (NZI) is part of ULI’s focus on decarbonization as one of its global priorities – the Institute aims to eliminate carbon emissions from the built environment to reach net zero by providing ideas and strategies to real estate owners, public sector leaders, and the general public. The program is rapidly underway and designed to meet the climate crisis with extreme urgency by tackling some of the unique challenges local communities face.
Each year, ULI’s network of District Councils and National Councils around the world have the opportunity to submit a statement of interest to the Net Zero Imperative program for a city/sponsor in their area to benefit from a two-day technical panel at no additional cost to them, specifically regarding overcoming challenges the real estate sector is facing to achieve net zero locally.
“Thanks to the generosity of financial contributions received from ULI members through the ULI Foundation, we are able to offer complimentary technical assistance and ongoing support to a selection of cities around the world to help them reach net zero,” said Marta Schantz, senior vice president of the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance. “There is an urgent need for the real estate industry to decarbonize, and we look forward to working with the public and private sector leaders in the cities that have been chosen as part of a competitive process in our first round of applications.”
The eight participants that make up the Year One Cohort of the Net Zero Imperative are:
Stakeholders in the above cities will become part of a global network and receive resources from ULI including two-day technical assistance panels, long-term on-the-ground campaigns, and toolkits and best practices to help their “roadmap to decarbonization.” To view a recording of the Year One Cohort announcement webinar, visit ULI’s Knowledge Finder platform. ULI members interested in participating as an expert panelist in upcoming NZI panels can find more information on ULI’s Navigator platform. Year two cohort applications open May 1, 2022 and close July 4, 2022. For more information, visit uli.org/netzeroimperative.
The Net Zero Imperative is a key element of ULI’s global mission priority to decarbonize the real estate sector and accelerate progress to net zero, as the real estate industry confronts the challenge posed by climate change and seeks to achieve the objective of net zero carbon. Other initiatives already contributing to this effort include the ULI Greenprint Center (formed in 2009), a worldwide alliance of more than 60 leading real estate owners and financial institutions with $1.3 trillion in assets under management, that has been committed to improving the environmental performance of buildings by sharing best practices and performance data. In addition, a new project, Fast-track to Decarbonisation, aims to support the industry across Europe to speed up and scale up the decarbonization process by analyzing and consolidating the real estate industry’s approach to net zero, assessing progress and the impact of industry frameworks, as well as identifying urgent gaps and barriers that need to be bridged.
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