Center for Sustainability

The ULI Center for Sustainability is dedicated to creating healthy, resilient, and high performance communities around the world. Through the work of its Greenprint and Urban Resilience programs, the Center provides leadership and support to land use professionals to invest in energy performance and portfolio resilience while reducing risks due to a changing climate.

In 2014, ULI’s Board decided to create the new Center for Sustainability 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 Programs

The three programs within the Center are the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Tenant Energy Optimization Program, and the Urban Resilience Program.

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.

More from the Center

ULI Report, Harvesting the Value of Water, Explores Creative Use of Green Infrastructure in Real Estate Developments to Manage Stormwater, Enhance Property Values

The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage stormwater runoff with systems using natural…

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ULI Sharpens Strategy of Sustainability Center to Focus on Economic Performance

ULI will sharpen the strategy of its Center for Sustainability to focus on programs and tools that provide…

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ULI Greenprint Center and Measurabl Collaborate to Drive Sustainable Building Performance

A collaborative effort announced today between the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint) and Measurabl…

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Building Healthy Places Interest Forum at the Spring Meeting in Seattle

The fifth in the series of Building Healthy Places Interest Forums will be held in conjunction with ULI's…

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New ULI Publication Explores How Access to Healthy Food Creates Real Estate Value and Fosters a Sense of Community

Access to healthy food, community farms, chef-driven restaurants, and innovative food retail concepts is increasingly being incorporated into…

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Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

This report explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants,…

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New ULI Program Will Help Commercial Tenants Cut Energy Consumption and Lower Energy Costs

A program to help commercial building tenants cut energy consumption and lower energy costs was announced today by…

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Real Estate Industry Must Address Climate Change to Maintain Competitiveness, Says New Research From ULI

As world leaders gather at the United Nations this week to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change,…

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L'Accord de Paris: A Potential Game Changer for the Global Real Estate Industry

This summary paper provides an overview of the key issues and implications for real estate that arise from…

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