ULI Resilience Summit: Climate Risk and Resilience in Real Estate


ULI’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance is pleased to host the inaugural ULI Resilience Summit – an exclusive one-day event focused on preparing professionals from the real estate and land use sectors for the impacts of climate change.

As climate change leads to more frequent and intense weather events, as well as chronic risks like sea level rise, extreme heat, and drought, resilience has become an increasingly important issue for real estate development and land use professionals to understand and address.How can public and private strategies to improve resilience enhance community well-being and social equity?

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The Resilience Summit will mark the 5-year anniversary of the establishment of ULI’s Urban Resilience Program and its first convening on the topic, the Building the Resilient City conference, held in San Francisco in 2014. This year’s event will bring together private and public sector leaders and subject matter experts who will reflect on the  progress and successes within the field over the past 5 years.

The event will take place during the first day of ULI’s Fall Meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at District Winery near Yards Park in Washington, DC and engage over 100 participants. The event will include panels, interactive workshops, keynote speakers and tours, as well as an 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

Key content themes will include: climate change and real estate investment, city strategies for enhancing resilience in capital planning and infrastructure, climate preparedness, master planning and building design, the intersection of resilience and public health, and more.

Join us for the first ever Resilience Summit on Wednesday, September 18th!

Participant List


8:00 AMDoors Open and Arrivals
8:30 AMWelcome
8:45 AMClimate Risk and Real Estate: Assessing and Recognizing Vulnerabilities

Spencer Glendon, Senior Fellow, Woods Hole Institute
9:30 AMEmerging Solutions for Investors

Brian Swett, Resilience Summit Co-Chair, Cities Lead, Arup (Moderator)
Mary Ludgin, Managing Director, Heitman
Leonard Jones, Managing Director – Public Finance, Moody’s
Eric Schlenker, Portfolio Manager, CalPERS
10:30 AMCoffee Break
11:00 AMEmerging Solutions for Cities and Policymakers

Jeff Hebert, Resilience Summit Co-Chair and Partner, HR&A (Moderator)
Jainey Bavishi, Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
Tommy Wells, Director, Washington, D.C., Department of Energy & Environment
Teng Chye Knoo, Executive Director for the Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development, Singapore
12:15 PMLunch
1:15 PMConcurrent Sessions and Tours: Participants join one of the following programming tracks:

Track 1: Climate, Health, and Public Space Solutions
Making connections between among climate change, health, and public spaces, this track will present strategies to enhance resilience and community well-being through thoughtful design approaches. An esteemed lineup of experts from public health, policy, community organizing, and design will share successful project examples and evidence-supported opportunities to enhance health and sustainability through public space and other built environment investments. Track participants will take a guided walking tour of the nearby Canal Park.

Panel: Enhancing Health and Resilience through Parks
Tour: Canal Park

Track 2: Net Zero Hero: Adapt, Mitigate, Decarbonize
Net-zero Energy (NZE) buildings are increasingly making headlines for their potential to be a new model for a changing climate. While NZE development may not be the status quo (yet), leaders in the market understand the importance of rapidly adapting to the changing climate, mitigating impacts, and analyzing how their portfolios can achieve higher levels of decarbonization. Attendees will explore how decarbonization intersects with climate adaptation; hear about D.C.’s only NZE building, the American Geophysical Union office;, and tour the new D.C. Water’s new LEED Platinum–rated building.

Panel: Climate Mitigation & and Energy Efficient Assets
Tour: DC Water Building

Track 3: Resilient Coastal Development Best Practices
Waterfronts are often cities’ most vulnerable and valuable sites. From the waterfront site of the Summit, learn about leading waterfront real estate projects and city initiatives that integrate resilience into policy and design standards. What needs to be considered when revising design guidelines for waterfront sites in a coastal city? What data is are used to determine new guidelines? How have real estate developers responded to these standards and delivered valuable products? Hear from leading practitioners and tour Buzzard Point, D.C.’s newest waterfront district.

Panel: Shaping the Waterfront: City Policies for Coastal Development
Tour: Buzzard Point
3:15 PMResilience on DC's Waterfront

Uwe Brandes, Executive Director, Urban and Regional Planning Program, Georgetown University (Moderator)
Jim Foster, President and CEO, Anacostia Watershed Society
Vaughn Perry, Equitable Development Manager, Building Bridges Across the River
Matt Steenhoek, VP Development, PN Hoffman
3:55 PMEvent Conclusion
4:05 PMBoat tour departure
5:15 PMArrival at ULI Fall Meeting Opening Reception at the District Wharf


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