Not-So-Secret Guide to Sustainability: 2019 ULI Fall Meeting

Below are brief descriptions with dates and times of the events hosted, supported, or encouraged by the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance during the 2019 ULI Fall Meeting. Look here for activities focused on health and wellness, parks and open space, climate mitigation and adaptation, building performance, and resilience.

For more the most detailed and up-to-date information about these events and the rest of the 2019 ULI Spring Meeting events, please visit https://fall.uli.org/.(Events and convenings are subject to slight revision.)

 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Resilient Cities Summit (Day 1)

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

By invitation Only

Off-Site: Washington National’s Ballpark

The Resilient Cities Summit (RCS) is an annual event, co-hosted by ULI, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Green Building Council, that offers mayors and senior city staff members an opportunity to discuss resilience challenges, develop connections with experts from the public and private sectors, and learn about examples of leadership in preparedness, adaption, sustainability, and climate mitigation. The summit will facilitate a discussion between approximately 50 participants to focus on innovations in resilience, highlighting the rapidly evolving technology and metrics cities are using to plan for risk, deliver data-driven solutions, generate more equitable out comes, and provide greater transparency. Interested in joining the Resilience Cities Summit? Share why you are interested in participating and a bio through Navigator, here.

For more information: leah.sheppard@uli.org

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Resilient Cities Summit (Day 2)

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

By invitation Only

Off-Site: Washington National’s Ballpark

The Resilient Cities Summit (RCS) is an annual event, co-hosted by ULI, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Green Building Council, that offers mayors and senior city staff members an opportunity to discuss resilience challenges, develop connections with experts from the public and private sectors, and learn about examples of leadership in preparedness, adaption, sustainability, and climate mitigation. The summit will facilitate a discussion between approximately 50 participants to focus on innovations in resilience, highlighting the rapidly evolving technology and metrics cities are using to plan for risk, deliver data-driven solutions, generate more equitable out comes, and provide greater transparency. Interested in joining the Resilience Cities Summit? Share why you are interested in participating and a bio through Navigator, here.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

ULI Resilience Summit: Climate Risk and Resilience in Real Estate

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Open to all attendees; Pre-registration required

Off-site: Navy Yard neighborhood

Join over 100 leaders and subject matter experts for an exclusive one-day event focused on preparing professionals from the real estate and land use sectors for the impacts of climate change. Public and private sector participants will engage and learn from each other over panels, interactive workshops, keynote speakers, and tours as well as inside look at DC’s recent waterfront development. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from cutting edge research on climate risk and resilience in the real estate industry
  • Engage with both key leaders and “doers” from across the real estate value chain to learn new strategies to assess climate risk and take action on resilience
  • Tour innovative buildings and parks and public spaces along DC’s waterfront designed to address climate threats, reduce emissions, and enhance community vitality

Register here. For more information: leah.sheppard@uli.org

 

ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance & Green Generation Happy Hour 

7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

By invitation Only

Off-Site: Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf

At this reception, ULI and Green Generation members and partners will celebrate progress to promote health, sustainability and resilience in buildings and communities. This reception is invite-only, but if you did not receive a Punchbowl invitation and would like to attend please reach out to the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance team.

For more information: csep@uli.org

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Greenprint Performance Committee Meeting

7:30 am – 9:00 am

By invitation only

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 158AB

Greenprint leaders will be meeting to share their sustainability strategies and challenges in a closed-door meeting for Greenprint members. Any and all Greenprint members are welcome to attend the Performance Committee meeting. Greenprint Members Only.

 

ULI’s Changing World Speaker Series: Migration Trends and Industry Impacts 

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D

Migration is not a new phenomenon, but in our current economic, environmental, and political climate, new groups of migrants are emerging-groups who have historically not been considered. What are some of these new migrant groups and how can real estate respond to changing trends? What impacts will these trends have on cities and communities in the years ahead? How are cities managing migration impacts and how are they planning for the future? Contemplate these and other questions during the insightful presentations and lively discussion. Speakers from Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

For more information: alissa.akins@uli.org 

 

Pop-up: Making Sustainability work for Hotels and Resorts

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

As the real estate industry moves towards more efficient and environmentally friendly operations overall, opportunities for sustainability in hotels are often overlooked. However, some hotel owners and operators are using targeted sustainability initiatives to identify savings opportunities through energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction. When combined with amenities that improve comfort and connect guests to the local community, sustainability can play a strong role in enhancing the overall guest experience. This panel will highlight innovations in sustainability that help hotels ensure long term business success and identify best practices that ULI members can utilize in their own properties.

For more information: Monika.Henn@uli.org

 

Concurrent Session– The City in 2100: A View from the Mayor’s Office

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

What will our cities look like next century, and how are mayors driving cities there? Hear from three mayors about leading trends in their cities related to urban development, mobility, sustainability, housing affordability, economic development and preparedness for climate change. What are the priorities, trade-offs and partnership opportunities they see?

For more information: leah.sheppard@uli.org

 

Special Programming – Greenprint Innovation Roundtable

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 145B

Join the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance for a presentation with three Greenprint Innovation Partners, highlighting next-generation building technologies that Greenprint members are leveraging to enhance sustainability across their portfolios. Real estate leaders from LendLease, Kilroy,and Prologis will speak to sustainability advancement across their portfolios through work with WoodWorks, Carbon Lighthouse, and Autocase.

For more information: emily.mclaughlin@uli.org

 

ULI’s Changing World Speaker Series: Just Food – Mitigating Inequalities 

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D

Access to clean, healthy, and nutritious food is easy to take for granted. For many, it is a right, but for others, it is a source of injustice. Can food be a force to help create more just and sustainable communities? Come hear about the ways in which food has the power to mitigate a wide range of social and economic inequalities, from providing important opportunities to gain work experience and hands-on education, to the intrinsic value of farming on individual power and dignity. Speakers are from Rise & Root Farm and The Town Kitchen PBC.

For more information: alissa.akins@uli.org 

 

Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Open House

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Salon F

Have you heard about the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance’s (CSEP) work but are not sure how to get involved? Want to learn more about our research, reports, and programs? Use your lunch break to visit the Center’s Open House to meet CSEP staff and member leaders, learn about programs including the Health Leaders Network, and get copies of new publications. Snacks and drinks will be provided; grab your lunch before you come.

 For more information: csep@uli.org

 

District Council Task Forces for Health and Equity

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

By invitation only; Pre-registration required

Room 159 AB

Selected ULI District Councils are convening special task forces to identify policy and regulatory barriers to healthier and more equitable places and provide recommendations for local policy shifts and reforms. At this gathering, participating task force members will caucus about local progress and share strategies and solutions. By invitation only.

For more information: william.herbig@uli.org

 

Pop-up: How buildings can achieve DC’s new aggressive sustainability goals AND create real estate value in DC

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Open to all attendees

Location TBD

This year Washington DC approved some of the most ambitious sustainability goals in the country – a plan to reduce energy consumption 50% and switch to 100% renewable energy by 2032, have all new buildings be zero net energy by 2026. For private sector real estate, these goals present a challenge and an opportunity – is it even possible to achieve these goals? If so, what is the most cost-effective way for owners to work individually and collectively to achieve them?  And what role can public and private finance play in making these investments pay off for DC real estate?

ULI convened an Advisory Panel this summer to work with DC’s Business Improvement District on a roadmap to achieving these ambitious goals. For this MEA session, panelists from the panel will share their findings, and engage the audience in a discussion on how real estate in other cities can prepare for future regulations and incentive programs around energy, carbon, and sustainability.

For more information: Marta.Schantz@uli.org  

 

Coastal Forum: Pecha Kucha Edition

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 145A

Join the Coastal Forum for Pecha Kucha style presentations on best practices and trends in coastal development. Each presentation will be limited to 6 minutes and visually stimulating. After presentations are done, there will be time for networking.

For more information: leah.sheppard@uli.org

 

ULI’s Changing World Speaker Series: Trust in Today’s Economies

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D

New economies have experienced gradual yet steady growth over the past decade. Whereas traditional markets operate using money, the sharing and reputation economies operate using social currency via a trust-based system of exchange in which the recommendations, reviews, and opinions of others power consumption decisions. Join this session to hear how research on trust is helping businesses improve their products for customers and build their brand reputation; learn how “sharing cities” around the world are shaping socially and economically inclusive services and societies; and discover how one company has created a platform to provide opportunities for more people to participate in the new economy. Speakers from shareNL, YING, and Edelman.

For more information: alissa.akins@uli.org 

 

ULI’s Changing World Speaker Series: Striving for Balance – Land-use and Land Conservation (film screening & discussion)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Open to all attendees

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D

As an international leader in the responsible use of land, ULI is committed to advancing land use policies and design practices that respect the uniqueness of both the built and natural environments. Furthermore, the organization stresses the efficient use of resources and creating and maintaining a sustainable built environment. Land is a finite resource and once it is gone, we cannot get it back. Are development and conservation mutually exclusive? What role can the development community play in preserving threatened lands and how can development and conservation co-exist? What benefits can land conservation present to the development community? Join this session for a screening of The Last Green Thread, a documentary presented by REI’s co-op cinema, and discussion with biologist Joe Guthrie. Can we come together behind a shared mission and find the courage and ingenuity to protect our very limited resources?
The Last Green Thread is a finalist for Best Short Film in the Changing Planet category of the 2019 Jackson Wild Summit (formerly the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Conservation Summit).
For more information: alissa.akins@uli.org 

 

 

Cookies and Climate Change: Celebrate ULI Greenprint’s 10-Year Anniversary

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Open to all attendees

Location TBD

Cheers to ULI’s Greenprint Center as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Come grab a cookies and chat about climate mitigation with us before heading off to your own evening activities.

The ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance is a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Through measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation of best practices, Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

For more information: monika.henn@uli.org

 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Concurrent Session – P3 for Climate: Real Estate & Cities Collaborating to Address Climate Change

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Cities across the United States continue to make new commitments to global climate mitigation-240 municipalities have signed on to the “We Are Still In” campaign and more than 50 cities now have set 100 percent renewable energy targets for the future. With buildings accounting for 75 percent of U.S. electricity consumption, achieving these commitments will require the active participation and cooperation of the real estate sector. Many cities are still in the very early stages of developing new policies and incentive programs to support the real estate industry in transitioning to more energy- and carbon-efficient building development and management, and open channels of communication between the public and private sectors are key to creating smart climate mitigation policy. This panel will highlight innovations in public/private partnerships focused on sustainability and identify best practices that facilitate collaboration between the public and private sectors with the goal of achieving value-enhancing climate policy, including the highly successful Green Ribbon Commission in Boston. It will also address recent building carbon mitigation policies enacted in DC and NYC.

For more information: monika.henn@uli.org

 

Concurrent Session: The Power of Wood – The Future is Mass Timber 

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 207 B

Imagine a world where our buildings are healing the environment while providing beautiful design solutions. According to the United Nations, by the year 2050, our planet’s population will rise by more than a quarter and nearly 70 percent will live in urban settings. Our cities are growing, but so is our environmental impact-a staggering one-third of global CO2 emissions comes from the construction and operation of buildings. With this projected surge in demand for high-rise buildings, and in light of the climate change crisis, we must consider materials that contribute to a more sustainable built environment-wood, a material that can help absorb our carbon footprint, exceed structural limitations, and project beauty and wellness, is the answer. Tall wood buildings are becoming increasingly prevalent around the world. skyline. In this session, we will discuss the challenges, the future opportunities, available systems, and leading case stories that build the case for the power of wood and the future of mass timber.

For more information: alissa.akins@uli.org 

 

 

Pop-up: Beating the Heat: How Developers and Cities are Mitigating Heat Island Impacts

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Open to all attendees

Location Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Salon ABC

Soaring temperatures and dangerous heatwaves have become the uncomfortable reality in communities across the United States, due to climate change and patterns of urban development. This new research from ULI’s Urban Resilience program explores how and where extreme heat will be a risk in the U.S., and how building design and land use policy can address this important issue. Hear from members developing strategies to address heat and take home a new report from ULI on this topic.

For more information: elizabeth.foster@uli.org

 

Concurrent Session: The Huge Potential in Industrial Spaces for Sustainability, Social Equity, and Workforce Development

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

With increasing consumer demands and the desire for faster shipping times, industrial spaces are critical components of any supply chain. But how sustainable and profitable is the industrial market and where is the opportunity for improvement? With over 200 million sq ft of industrial space under construction and a growing urgency to increase the built environment’s sustainability, industrial spaces present a unique opportunity for sustainability potential across energy efficiency, workforce development/human supply chain, and community improvement. This panel will highlight best practices of leading industrial owners/developers and tenants sharing their leadership and successful implementation in the field.

For more information: emily.mclaughlin@uli.org

 

Concurrent Session: High IQ Workspaces- How Intelligent Building Technologies Can Enhance Workplace Outcomes  

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Open to all attendees

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Join a session led by Tishman Speyer and the Greenprint Center

What are the occupiers of the future looking for when it comes to smart buildings? What technology is available, and how is it being deployed to drive greater productivity and fulfillment within the workforce.This session will explore the tech advances that leading occupiers have brought into their spaces, in partnership with building owners. It will provide an update on the smart/IoT technologies these leading tech occupiers currently have installed in their spaces, and how that is defining the “occupier of the future.”

For more information: marta.schantz@uli.org

 

Pop-up: Smart Buildings 101

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Open to all attendees

Smart buildings will create a scalable foundation for creating the elusive smart city, building by building, from the group up. But what is a smart building? And how do the in-building communications work? What does the real estate community need to know about them? ULI is working with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to review and support their development of a “Smart Building” Certification to streamline industry definitions and standards around what exactly it means to be a smart building. Experts from TIA and a real estate owner will help decipher/de-mystify in-building communications for today and future real estate properties, and explain in sufficient detail to ensure attendees are fully up to speed on “Smart Buildings 101.”

For more information: marta.schantz@uli.org

 

Pop-Up – Taking Advantage of Real Estate Transactions to Embed Sustainability in (and Add Value to) the Deal

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Open to all attendees

The sale and repositioning of an office building is an under-utilized opportunity to enhance sustainability of the asset and thereby increase value. At every decision point in a real estate transaction, there is an opportunity to leverage sustainability to reduce long-term risks and drive higher returns over time. This panel will present ways the real estate market can (and how innovators already do) embed sustainability into property identification, due diligence, pricing and negotiating, financing, capturing value during the hold period, and preparing for disposition. Understanding the value of a high-performing, sustainable building allows buyers to better assess and price the value of energy and water efficiency, and to underwrite sustainability investments into the deal. Think: green appraisals and “brown discounts,” brokers educated in sustainability, tenant engagement, green financing tools, property condition assessments, and communications/marketing.

For more information: billy.grayson@uli.org

 

Concurrent Session– The Value of Health and Social Equity in Real Estate: Numbers and Examples from the Market

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Open to all attendees

Health and wellness are increasingly important considerations in real estate decision making, and the field is advancing fast. How and why are market leaders and innovators incorporating health- and social equity-promoting strategies? What are real estate practitioners doing to accelerate investment in healthy and equitable development projects? And what is the business case for all of this anyway? This panel will explore how real estate practice is shifting to promote the health of people and communities. It will share findings from an ongoing ULI assessment, which is taking stock of how the real estate industry thinks about and takes action on health and social equity. The session will include specifics about how real estate actors can advance the integration of health, wellness, and social equity across their portfolios, and the compelling economic and social benefit reasons for doing so.

For more information: marta.schantz@uli.org

 

Pop up: Innovations in Parks and Open Spaces

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Open to all attendees

Parks have numerous benefits for individuals and communities. Across the United States, efforts are underway to ensure that everyone has access to the restorative power of high-quality parks through large- and small-scale transformations that benefit local residents, economies, and the environment. Creative partnerships and new ideas for existing spaces are essential components of these efforts. This interactive session will highlight ULI’s new research on innovative park spaces that were created through public/private partnerships and the repurposing of outdated automobile infrastructure, such as parking lots, highway underpasses, and travel lanes.

For more information: sara.hammerschmidt@uli.org

 

Pop up: Zero Energy Districts: The Future of High Performance Developments

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Open to all attendees

Technology advancements, cost reductions, and growing market demand have helped individual buildings reach higher energy and sustainability targets than ever before. So what’s next? Collective multi-building impact! Identifying and optimizing energy opportunities at the district scale offers a chance to further increase cost-effectiveness, increase resiliency, and scale impact. Zero energy districts optimize energy efficiency, shared thermal energy, and aggregate renewable energy sources so that on-site renewable energy can offset the energy use from the buildings in the district. The U.S. Department of Energy has partnered with six pioneering zero energy district leaders including master developers, planners, owners, national experts, and key stakeholders to develop the financial structures and energy master planning documents needed to develop and replicate advanced energy districts. Come hear about how leading developers are finding solutions to financing, technical, and planning challenges en route to creating communities and buildings of the future. Highlights from the newly-released Handbook for Advanced Energy Communities (expected September 2019) will be discussed as well as new district-scale energy modeling platforms that enable optimization for efficiency and grid interaction.

For more information: marta.schantz@uli.org

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