Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance

The ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance is dedicated to creating healthy, resilient, and high performance communities around the world. Through the work of its Greenprint, Building Healthy Places, and Urban Resilience programs, the Center provides leadership and support to real estate and land use professionals to invest in energy efficient, healthy, resilient, and sustainable buildings and communities.

In 2014, ULI’s Board decided to create the new Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance as a logical transition from the organization’s previous work under the Climate, Land Use, and Energy (CLUE) program. The new Center builds upon the work of CLUE and broadens its scope to address adaptation as well as mitigation.

Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Programs

The programs within the Center are the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, theTenant Energy Optimization Program, the Urban Resilience Program, and the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative. In 2018, the Center also started the 10-Minute Walk campaign in partnership with the Trust for Public Land and National Recreation and Park Association.

The ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance is a catalyst for change, taking meaningful, immediate, and measurable actions to generate real estate solutions that improve the environment through energy efficiency while demonstrating the correlation with increased property values.

The Tenant Energy Optimization Program is a proven, replicable approach that integrates energy efficiency into tenant space design and construction and delivers excellent financial returns through energy conservation. The process emphasizes the importance of collaboration between tenants, building owners, and service providers.

The Urban Resilience Program looks at how cities can prepare for the expected effects of climate change.  From rising sea levels to more frequent storm events to extended droughts, the changing climate poses short- and long-term risks and opportunities for urban planning and development.  The Urban Resilience program provides resources and strategies to mitigate those risks and to create a more resilient and durable vision for community development. Learn about real estate development projects showcasing best practices in resilient design.

The ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative includes research and publications, convenings, and advisory activities—to leverage the power of the Institute’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. The Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment outlines evidence-supported opportunities for enhancing health outcomes in real estate developments.

The 10-Minute Walk campaign is a nationwide movement to ensure that there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. The campaign was launched in partnership with the Trust for Public Land and National Recreation and Park Association. The Parks and Open Space Resource Library, curated by the 10-Minute Walk team, provides examples of and strategies for transformative development through parks and open space.

 

 

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Center for Sustainability Advisory Board

Daniel M. Cashdan

Chair
President & Co-Head Global Capital of HFF Securities, a JLL Company
JLL
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Uwe S. Brandes

Member
Executive Director, Urban & Regional Planning Program
Georgetown University
Washington
DC
United States

Bradford Dockser

Member
Chief Executive Officer
Green Generation
Bethesda
MD
United States

Scott Christopher Dunn

Member
Vice President, Strategy & Growth, Southeast Asia
AECOM-AP
Singapore
Singapore

Mathieu Elshout

Member
PGGM Investments B.V.
Zeist
Netherlands

Michael J. Franco

Member
President
Vornado Realty Trust
New York
NY
United States

Mary K. Ludgin

Member
Senior Managing Director & Director of Global Investment Research
Heitman
Chicago
IL
United States

Thomas Owen Rucker

Member
Senior Vice President, Multifamily Property Operations
Berkshire Group
Boston
MA
United States

Jay Sholl

Member
Senior Vice President
CBRE
San Francisco
CA
United States

Brian Swett

Member
Principal
Arup
Boston
MA
United States

Lynn Thurber

Member
Chairman - JLL Income Property Trust
LaSalle Investment Management
Hamilton
MT
United States

Mark H. Wilsmann

Member
Managing Director & Head of Real Estate Equity Strategies
MetLife Investment Management
Whippany
NJ
United States

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Who We Are

Billy Grayson
Executive Director, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance
202.427.3094
Billy.Grayson@uli.org

Ellie White
Associate, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance
202.427.3094
Ellie.White@uli.org

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