Category Archives: Sustainability

Vision Awards Spotlight: Indian Boundary Park Nature Play Center – A New Take on an Old Classic

Opened in 1922, Indian Boundary, is a 13-acre, urban park on Chicago’s northwest side named for an actual boundary line between the US government and three Indian tribes.  The park includes a fieldhouse which is now on the National Register of Historic Places incorporating Native American and Tudor design elements.  For most City dwellers, Indian Boundary is fondly remembered for its small zoo, a rarity among neighborhood parks, and a quirky addition.  The zoo was closed in 2013 with the few remaining animals transferred to the Lincoln Park Zoo, a … Read More

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How to Keep the Great Lakes Great

January 21, 2015 – The Architect’s Newspaper – How to Keep the Great Lakes Great Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Chief Planner, and ULI member, Philip Enquist is a lead author of the firm’s The Great Lakes Century Vision Plan, which says the future of the Great Lakes region depends on its environmental governance.  More than 100 years after Daniel Burnham famously planned Chicago, Enquist and his colleagues at SOM (as well as ULI) are taking up the pro bono cause of sowing cooperation throughout the Great Lakes region.  For a natural … Read More

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ULI Participates in Regional Forum to Preserve Vitality of Great Lakes

ULI District Councils in the Great Lakes Region convened in Chicago on September 3-4, 2014 to start a joint regional effort to protect and leverage one of our greatest shared assets – the Great Lakes.  ULI Toronto, ULI Minnesota, ULI Michigan, ULI Indiana, and ULI Chicago participated in this regional meeting. The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River basin, extending from Duluth in Minnesota to Quebec in Canada, contain 84% of North America’s fresh water, only 1% of which is renewable. This significant natural resource remains very vulnerable to the … Read More

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ULI Spring Meeting Catch Up

Day Two of the ULI Spring Meeting opened with the release of Building for Wellness:  The Business Case.  The report, prepared as part of ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative, examines the investment payback on incorporating amenities that promote health and wellness, how developers have pursued this objective, and the resulting market response.  The report profiles 13 completed projects from around the world,  each representing one of three development strategies – renovation / redevelopment, new construction and master-planned communities.  Read ULI Press Release  A full complement of Concurrent Sessions took place throughout the … Read More

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Gabe Klein, former CDOT Commissioner, Named Senior Visiting Fellow for ULI

Innovative “Game Changer” Strives to Make Cities Less Car-Centric, More Bikeable and Walkable For more information, contact: Trisha Riggs at 202-624-7086 ULI PRESS RELEASE – WASHINGTON (January 23, 2014) – Gabe Klein, the former transportation chief for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C. who is known for making cities less car-centric and more people-friendly, has been named a senior visiting fellow for the Urban Land Institute (ULI). ULI, with more than 30,000 members worldwide, is a nonprofit education and research institute dedicated to responsible land use and the creation … Read More

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Chicago: A Very Bikeable City

In honor of Bike to Work Day today, The Atlantic Cities, which explores the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods, released a list of America’s most bike-friendly neighborhoods and cities.  See how Chicago compares to other cities across the country by reading the complete article.

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Tenants Want Increased Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

On September 27, ULI Chicago convened it’s third members-only Policy Forum, an initiative designed to bring local membership together around emerging land use and development issues to foster more indepth conversations in a smaller, more intimate gathering. With local insight provided by Aaron Joseph, Deputy Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago; an update on the national pulse from Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle; and real-time impact analysis from Charlotte Matthews, Vice President of Sustainability, Related Companies, this Forum focused on government programs and policies designed … Read More

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ULI Receives $150,000 Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation To Support Institute’s Climate Change, Land Use and Energy Initiative

ULI PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON (September 19, 2012) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and sustainable community building, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support ULI’s initiative dedicated to energy-efficient and environmentally conscious real estate practices. The initiative, called Climate Change, Land Use and Energy (CLUE), is a broad, interdisciplinary dialogue that explores how issues related to climate change are changing real estate practices and reshaping urban markets. While the … Read More

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The Urban Land Institute Joins Forces with the Greenprint Foundation – Chicago Real Estate Leader Appointed to Board

ULI PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON (January 19, 2012) — The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is enhancing its commitment to environmentally conscious development with the transfer of the activities and assets of the Greenprint Foundation into the newly formed ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance. With this action, ULI is continuing the operation of a unique industry-to-industry initiative through which leading real estate professionals exchange information and measure individual building and portfolio performance on the basis of energy use and carbon emissions. The announcement of the transfer of the Greenprint Foundation’s activities … Read More

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