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WASHINGTON (August 27, 2021) – Environmental justice is increasingly recognized as a key lens for ensuring a more equitable built environment. This is the conclusion of a new interview-based publication from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Environmental Justice and Real Estate: Perspectives from Leading Community-Based and Advocacy Organizations is a collection of interviews that aims to show why environmental justice is an essential consideration in urban development, and how ULI members and the broader real estate industry can incorporate its principles into their everyday work. Equity and ESG topics are increasingly central to real estate, and companies that form lasting partnerships with communities can simultaneously further social, economic, and climate goals for all.
The essays and interviews comprise a range of influential figures, from real estate leaders to community activists, and each one focuses on how environmental justice is a necessary component to correcting past inequities and creating thriving communities. The collection includes four question and answer-based interviews with partner organizations and two essays by ULI members.
“Part of moving the needle toward equity is listening to the input of those most affected by discriminatory practices,” said Sonia Huntley, senior vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at ULI. “By including a wider variety of perspectives in decision-making, real estate can help make sure its impact on communities is positive.”
Each essay touches on a particular topic of environmental justice:
A conclusion by Taidgh McClory, director of social impact & inclusion, MP Boston, founder, T.H. McClory LLC and member of ULI’s Responsible Property Investment Council lays out potential solutions for the real estate sector on environmental justice issues:
“As we have learned from the community organization perspectives presented in this resource, the topic of environmental justice is complex,” said McClory. “The public and private real estate sectors have played a major role in determining which communities experience greater environmental, climate, and health risk, as evidenced by the past decisions, actions, and policies that led to the disparate impacts of redlining, industrial pollution, and infrastructure decline in communities of color. Acknowledging these negative impacts at the intersection of the real estate industry and environmental justice is a key first step for real estate leaders to build solutions that shape a future of positive impact.”
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About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. For more information on ULI, please visit uli.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
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