2018 Global Climate Action Summit


The 2018 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), occurring September 12-14 in San Francisco, will bring people together from around the world to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments from national governments, and one another, in support of the Paris Agreement.

The Summit will spur climate action in five key areas: healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, sustainable communities, land and ocean stewardship and transformative climate investments.

The Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance is proud to join many other leaders in real estate sustainability in sharing the expertise and best practices of our members during this important event.

Below are several ULI events happening at this year’s Summit through which members can get even more involved. Contribute to the conversation at all of these events on social media by using the event hashtags, #StepUp2018 and #GCAS2018


ULI-Affiliated Events During GCAS

September 11, 2018

Carbon Smart Building Day: A Conference for Building Professionals Supporting the Global Climate Action Summit

Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF
1675 Owens St.

San Francisco, CA 

ULI is partnering with several climate action leaders for this day-long conference, designed to inspire participants to lead the built environment toward Zero Net Carbon with the latest tools, resources, and programs to help thrive in a Zero Net Carbon future.



September 12, 2018

Real Estate Responds to the Climate Challenge:

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. PST
Arup San Fransisco Office
560 Mission St. #700
San Fransisco, CA

This affiliate event of the Summit, free for ULI members and open to nonmembers, is organized by ULI, with support from the U.S. Green Building Council, the World Green Building Council, and the Building Owners and Managers Association.

A panel of experienced ULI members will share examples of how their companies are tackling climate mitigation at the asset-level scale, the city scale, the portfolio scale, and in their real estate investment decision-making process. Learn more about this event here.



September 13, 2018

ULI/WGBC Net Zero Real Estate Reception

DPR Construction Office Building
San Francisco, CA

Connect with other real estate professionals during this net zero reception, held in collaboration with the World Green Building Council. This event is invite-only; please email Billy Grayson at Billy.Grayson@uli.org if interested in attending.


September 14, 2018

Toward a Zero-Emission, Efficient, and Resilient Buildings and Construction Sector: Local Government Action from Around the World

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST
Autodesk Gallery
San Francisco, CA

Organized by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC or GABC) as a GCAS affiliate event, this event will showcase ambitious local government action towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector in line with a well-below 2-degree Celsius scenario outlined in the Paris Agreement.