Innovation Fireside Chat Series

The ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance is a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Through measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation of best practices, Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

In this series, Greenprint members discuss their innovations in improving environmental and financial performance.


Join Autocase, a ULI Greenprint Innovation Partner, and Brookfield, a ULI Greenprint real estate Member, as they discuss triple bottom line (TBL) analysis and how owners, investors, and city planners can better leverage the practice to impact their environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy.

Black Bear Energy

Join Black Bear Energy, a ULI Greenprint Innovation Partner, and LBA Realty, a ULI Greenprint real estate Member, as they discuss solar, battery storage, and renewable energy strategy for real estate owners and investors.

Nova Group GBC

Join Nova Group GBC, a ULI Greenprint Innovation Partner, and CenterPoint, a ULI Greenprint real estate Member, as they discuss going deeper on due diligence and rolling sustainability and resilience into acquisition practices.


Join WoodWorks, a ULI Greenprint Innovation Partner, and LendLease, a ULI Greenprint real estate Member, as they discuss mass timber and working together to integrate it into real estate developments.

ULI Awards Profiles

2020 ULI Housing Awards

Each year, the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing highlights the efforts of leaders across the country working to expand housing opportunity. During this session, you will learn from the 2020 winners and finalists of two awards:

In Conversation with the 2020 ULI Prize Laureate, Anthony A. Williams

The ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development ( is the preeminent honor in the land use and development field. The $100,000 prize recognizes an individual who has established visionary standards of excellence in land use and development and whose commitment to creating the highest-quality built environment has led to the betterment of society. In this session, Jodie W. McLean, CEO of EDENS in Washington, D.C., and ULI Trustee chats with the 2020 ULI Prize Laureate, Anthony A. Williams. Mr. Williams, former Mayor of Washington, D.C., and current CEO and Executive Director of the Federal City Council, will discuss his work transforming the nation’s capital then and now, and consider how today’s municipal and civic leaders can apply his forward-thinking approach to current challenges.

2020 ULI Urban Open Space Award Winners

Current best practice and innovations in urban open spaces around the U.S. and Canada are on display in this on-demand session, which profiles the two winning open spaces, six finalists, and three special mentions in the 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Awards.

A jury of distinguished ULI members reviewed 50 applications and selected these awardees. This year’s shortlist includes waterfront parks, neighborhood gems, rooftop retreats, and public realm projects that have transformed neighborhoods and lives.

Don’t miss the virtual tour of 2020 Urban Open Space Award finalist Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair!

The Blueprint for Green Real Estate: Building the Foundation of a Real Estate ESG Program

With the increasing public focus on climate change and its impacts, new policies affecting building energy performance, and pressure from investors, real estate organizations recognize the strong business case for incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their normal business operations.

Join this session to learn how experienced Sustainability Directors at leading real estate organizations built holistic ESG programs from the ground up, starting with data collection and goal setting, to addressing topics like net zero carbon, climate adaptation and resilience, health and wellness, and social impacts.

Presenters will also provide key takeaways from The ULI Blueprint for Green Real Estate, a recent report for real estate organizations looking to develop or accelerate a sustainability program.

Climate Risk and Real Estate: Emerging Practices for Market Assessment

In this session, Heitman and ULI answer the question “how are leading investors factoring market-level climate risk into decision-making?” Speakers will discuss findings based on a new collaborative research report, which finds that real estate investors have started to look beyond individual properties vulnerability to climate change and to scrutinize the resilience of the surrounding area.

The Fund for ULI

Philanthropic investments in the Fund for ULI support ULI’s greatest needs each year. Through the generosity of member support, ULI can expand and grow its mission-driven programming: moving faster, reaching further, and doing more for communities around the world.

ULI Foundation: 50th Anniversary

The ULI Foundation has supported ULI through all economic cycles for 50 years. From the beginning, the Foundation’s purpose was to benefit and advance ULI’s mission-driven programs across the globe, especially the enhancement of education and mentorship initiatives and expansion of ULI’s global impact. Explore our last half-century through this narrated timeline, from the Foundation’s launch in 1970 to today.

ULIF 50th Anniversary Timeline

Follow the story of the ULI Foundation from the beginning. In 1970, the 17 original governors established what is now the ULI Foundation. The growth of the Foundation also signaled the growth of ULI and its mission-driven programs. View this animated timeline showing how the Foundation has fueled ULI’s transformative work across the globe.

Future of Decarbonization in the Built Environment

For the first time in history, a majority of people live in cities. With more than two billion people expected to move to global cities by 2050, the demand for new buildings – and the energy to build and operate them – will continue to rise. States have already begun to aggressively address climate action, with 32 states implementing climate action plans and others driving to Net Zero. What this means for the real estate community is that developers, builders, operators and owners of buildings must act now to address the energy intelligence of buildings and meet these regulatory and aspirational goals. From operations and embodied energy to electrification and the 20-minute neighborhood, Rives Taylor and Gail Napell from Gensler will propose a vision for net neutrality which places the building sector at the forefront of decarbonizing the economy.

The Future of Space: Real Estate’s Fourth Dimension

For the past year, organizations and people have integrated virtual into how they conduct their business, work and personal lives. With over 300 million people using virtual tools, just for work alone, the role of virtual is here to stay. Mark Grinis shares EY’s view of the Future of Space and the means to integrate both physical and virtual into the workplace.

Flexible Office – Current state and what the future may look like

This session will explore; – The current challenges for corporate occupiers, – How these challenges are impacting their real estate strategies, – How the Flexible Office providers are responding today, and – How Flexible Office providers may evolve in the near future.

Building Next Generation Core: East vs. West Comparisons