Receiving Community: Building Inclusive Places to Mitigate Climate Gentrification-Driven Displacement


2023-09-22T12:00:00 - 2023-09-22T13:00:00

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    Climate change impacts are changing conditions in communities worldwide, increasing incentives to live and work in some locations, and decreasing incentives in others causing ripple effects across global, national, and local markets. As people of all demographic groups gravitate toward locales with comparatively lower risk to climate impacts (receiving communities) they will drive economic growth and development. Local governments of these receiving communities and private interests will be challenged to ensure such growth and development is inclusive and equitable and minimizes gentrification-driven displacement. 

    Join ULI for a timely and informative webinar on climate gentrification, the phenomenon characterized by real estate investment and spiking prices in areas with lesser risk to climate change.

    This webinar, based on a report published by ULI by the same title, aims to provide foundational knowledge on this emerging issue, highlight some effective equitable development strategies and solutions employed by local governments, community-based organizations, developers, and others across the real estate sector,  and outline key concepts and takeaways from the report.

    Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of the factors contributing to observed national trends and potential risks to communities, private sector stakeholders, and public officials in addition to existing remedies and pathways to implementation.

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from experts and join the conversation on climate gentrification. 



    Ahmed Mori

    Vice President of Community Economic Development, Catalyst Miami

    As Vice President of Community Economic Development, Ahmed oversees worker and investment cooperative development, small business assistance and community building, and other programs centered on community wealth and economic democracy. As an attorney and community economic development activist, Ahmed has worked with and represented worker cooperatives, tenants battling eviction in both courts and through advocacy, and affordable housing and community development nonprofits in Miami, South Texas, and New York City. He has a JD from Columbia Law School, an MA in Political Economy from Columbia University, and a BA in Philosophy from Florida International University. Ahmed serves on the board of The Allapattah Collaborative CDC.


    Jeff Hébert

    President, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

    Jeff Hébert is President of HR&A Advisors and is leader in resilience planning and community revitalization. He works with cities to develop strategies that mitigate future social, economic, and physical shocks and stresses. He is currently leading projects in New York City, Buffalo, Miami, Washington, DC, Houston, Tulsa, Newark and Los Angeles. Mr. Hébert previously served the City of New Orleans in many capacities in the recovery of Hurricane Katrina, including as the First Deputy Mayor & Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Resilience Officer, and as Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane University School of Architecture, is Co-Chairman of FUSE Corps, and serves on the Policy Advisory Board of The Reinvestment Fund, the Advisory Board of the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, and is Vice President of the Board of the Urban Design Forum. Mr. Hébert holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University, a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Jeff was honored as a participant in the Future Leaders program (PIPA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France in 2018.


    Joe Backer

    Senior Development Officer, Mayor’s Office of Housing, City of Boston

    Joe Backer is a Senior Development Officer for the Mayor's Office of Housing in Boston, working to support the creation and preservation of affordable housing in neighborhoods across the city. This includes a long-standing partnership with Boston's Department of Energy and Environment to craft new programs spurring decarbonization and deep energy retrofits in Boston's existing affordable housing, from the iconic triple-decker to large multifamily residential buildings. Joe works with many different housing and community development partner organizations to advance affordable housing projects that help create safe and affordable homes for Bostonians. Prior to joining the Mayor's Office of Housing, he received his Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, during which time he worked as a Fellow with the City's Housing Innovation Lab and focused on a cross-departmental initiative to develop badly-needed affordable housing on top of City assets like libraries and fire stations.


    Lian Plass

    Senior Manager, Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute

    Lian Plass is a Senior Manager for the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Resilience program, which aims to equip members, communities, and the public across the United States with the necessary information to enhance the resilience of buildings, development, and cities in the face of climate change and other environmental threats. In addition to her role at ULI, Lian also serves as Vice Chair of the American Planning Association's Technology Division and teaches Geographic Information Systems at Georgetown University. She brings with her a wealth of experience from her previous work as a Senior Planner in the private sector and Sustainability Administrator for the City of North Miami. Lian is passionate about applying technology to resolve difficult planning problems equitably, expeditiously, and cost-effectively. This includes leveraging new massive caches of publicly available data to learn more about communities, alongside finding creative ways to convey critical information about development projects and generate engagement in the planning process. Lian holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.