City Engagement

Engaging Cities on Climate Mitigation Strategies for Real Estate

Greenprint’s city engagement initiative works to expedite the adoption of sustainability programs in cities by creating a network of like-minded organizations and build connections between policymakers and the development community to create mutually beneficial policies. ULI intends to continue building on these conversations by identifying value-enhancing best practices in city sustainability policies through future convenings and reports.

In May 2018, at ULI Spring Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance hosted an inaugural City and Real Estate Sustainability Summit. A follow-up event was held during the 2018 Fall Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. During these events, participants gained a better understanding of city sustainability manager and real estate developer processes and perspectives and discussed key sustainability issues like energy efficiency and climate mitigation, resilience, and health.

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“It is critical for the real estate community to engage with local governments across the country to help shape sustainability agendas at the local level. By engaging with cities, we ensure that cities are well informed about the unique aspects of the real estate sector and how they can play a positive role in addressing climate change and environmental issues.”
Jonathan Flaherty, senior director of sustainability and utilities, Tishman Speyer


To enhance impact and help accelerate market transformation, Greenprint has also partnered with the 2030 Districts Network, the City Energy Project, among other organizations.

Past City Reports

ULI Greenprint’s global community of practice includes real estate owners and investors that have committed to voluntary energy benchmarking since 2009. By partnering with other voluntary and mandatory benchmarking initiatives and jointly producing benchmarking reports, ULI Greenprint is able to collaborate to analyze data trends, share lessons learned and best practices, and provide recommendations for future efforts. These reports present energy consumption benchmarks and analyze year-over-year environmental performance for a subset of properties within a specific geographic area.

Most recently, the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report 2010-2014 is the result of a collaboration between Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The report found that energy consumption by commercial properties in San Francisco has declined significantly since 2011 after the implementation of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.

Previous City Reports

San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report 2010-2014

The San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report 2010-2014 is the result of a collaboration between Greenprint and…


Metro Washington DC Report Volume 2

As in most major cities, Downtown D.C. is the fiscal engine of the city. Downtown areas typically have…


ULI Greenprint Metro Washington DC Report Volume 1

The ULI Greenprint Center and DowntownDC are pleased to present the inaugural Metro Washington, D.C., Office Building Performance…


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Would you like to help ULI build better connections between policymakers and the development community? Email the ULI Greenprint Center.