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Does ESG Help Real Estate Investors Decide?

24 July

RFPs from institutional investors for real estate investment management services now contain sections on either environmental and social governance (ESG), responsible investment (RPI) or “sustainability.” While it is clear that investors in real estate increasingly accept that there is a link between strong ESG credentials and financial performance, the degree to which and the process by which investment managers are assessed on ESG as a determinant of capital allocation is still largely unknown. In this panel, experts among sources of real estate investment capital and asset advisors will discuss the state of real estate ESG metrics. Given that most metrics are relatively new, the panel will shed light on which metrics they use, how they use them, in what ways they should be improved, and how investment managers are successfully—or unsuccessfully— using them to win business.

Presenter: ULI New York’s Sustainable Building Council and sponsored by Bloomberg LP. Be sure to follow ULI New York on Twitter and Instagram using #ULISBC

Moderator: Ari Frankel, Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate - Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

Panelists: Jennifer Young, Principal - The Townsend Group; Cherie Santos-Wuest, Principal Investment Officer for Real Estate - Connecticut Retirement, Pension & Trust Funds; and Nicholas E. Stolatis, CPM, RPA, LEED AP, Senior Director, Global Sustainability & Enterprise Initiatives of Global Real Estate - TIAA-CREF

Date: Thursday, July 24, 8:00-8:30 AM – Registration and Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 AM – Program

Location: Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Avenue

RSVP: Urban Land Institute

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Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits For Climate Threats

7 August

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, there has been a great deal of design thinking about how to retrofit affected properties. Ideas include increasing building volumes to make up for the units lost by placing utility systems on higher floors, or implementing innovative landscape design to keep flood waters at bay. Many of these solutions, however, face regulatory barriers and very high price tags – a challenge for New York City’s affordable multifamily housing in the flood zones.

In January 2014, the NYU Furman Center, in partnership with AIANY and Enterprise Community Partners, organized the Retrofit Solutions Workshop to engage the building community in a collaborative conversation about retrofitting affordable housing for future threats. This exhibition showcases ideas from that charrette and explores the options and impediments that multifamily buildings face as they seek to prepare themselves for long-term climate resilience.

Sponsors: AIANY and Enterprise Community Partners & NYU Furman Center. Additional support was made possible by The NYC Housing and Neighborhood Recovery Donors Collaborative.

This exhibition is free to the public and has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Deutsche Bank.

Date: Now through August 7

Location: The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

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Tree Care Tuesdays 2014

2 September

The goal of Tree Care Tuesdays is to beautify NYC neighborhoods, create community relationships, promote green space, mitigate air pollution, and prevent stormwater runoff. Tree care sessions involve community volunteers, alongside HII crew cleaning-up, aerating and mulching tree beds and planting bulbs in the tree bed soil all while spending quality time with your community and mother nature.

Tree Care Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday through September 2nd 2014. Sessions run from 10am-12pm with one session a month at 5pm-7pm. Human Impacts Institute will provide supplies for tree care. Participants should bring water bottles, sunblock, a hat, and any other personal items. Participants under 18 need to be accompanied by a guardian. And it's FREE

Sponsor: Human Impacts Institute

Date: Begin Tuesday, April 22 and ends Tuesday, September 2

Locations: map of locations: Tree Care Tuesday 2014

RSVP: Space is limited. Registration is recommended for individuals and required for groups by providing your full name, email, phone to or calling (917) 727 9761. Please, specify “Tree Care Tuesday”, the specific DATE, as well as how many people will be attending in your registration.

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Designing For Disaster

15 August

Natural disasters can impact any of us, anywhere, at any time. In 2012, the financial toll in the United States alone exceeded $100 billion, and the loss of life and emotional toll is immeasurable. No region of the country is immune—112 events in 32 states were declared natural disasters in the U.S. during 2012.

The National Building Museum’s exhibition, Designing for Disaster, examines how we assess risks from natural hazards and how we can create policies, plans, and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities. Two primary questions will help guide the Museum’s approach: Where should we build? How should we build?

Through unique objects, captivating graphics, and multimedia—including video testimonials—the exhibition explores new solutions for, and historical responses to, a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storm surge, flooding, seal level rise, tsunamis, and wildfires.

Designing for Disaster will discuss disaster mitigation as an evolving science and highlight the tools and strategies that today’s planners, engineers, designers, emergency managers, scientists, environmentalists, and various business and community leaders are investigating and adopting to build safer, more disaster-resilient communities.

Because of the importance of housing the exhibition features exemplary disaster-resistant residential design. In addition, its highlights a variety of other building or facilities: hospitals, schools, airports, public arenas/stadiums, fire/police stations, public transportation networks/systems, commercial buildings, and retail outlets. The selected structures are geographically dispersed throughout the country and will have been designed to address at least one hazard in an exemplary way.

By showcasing innovative research, cutting-edge materials and technologies, and new thinking about how to work with natural systems and the environment, the exhibition will present a range of viable responses that are functional, pragmatic, and beautiful.

Date: May 2014 -August 2015

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

For more information and tickets: National Building Museum

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