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Housing the Bay Summit Summary and Overview

How do you solve the Bay Area housing crisis? That deceptively concise question has been driving the work of our members and staff for the better part of the last year. Indeed, beyond any other issue area, the topic of housing was identified by our members as the primary area where they felt that ULI could best utilize our strengths to discern, convene, and help to build consensus around solutions and a tangible path forward. The sold-out Housing the Bay Summit, ULI SF hosted on March 23rd at Hotel Nikko, … Read More

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ULI SF Sustainability Corner – April 2018

Want to know the latest on what’s happening in the world of sustainability and real estate in the Bay Area? We’ve gathered and curated a round-up of sustainability news to keep our members up-to-date.  To get more involved in ULI’s sustainability work, please see the Sustainability Committee website or email Casey Pond. ULI SF Event Recap: Energy Storage in Commercial Real Estate Energy storage in commercial real estate is quickly becoming a hot topic in the industry. ULI SF’s Sustainability Committee hosted an informative program on the topic and put together … Read More

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Why California Building Owners Need to Consider Energy Storage

The following post is a recap of ULI San Francisco’s recent program “The Benefits of Energy Storage and CRE.”  While Tesla’s Gigafactory may not yet be fully operational, the global energy storage market has taken off and continues to gain momentum as building owners and utilities recognize the potential financial and reliability benefits. And unlike the battles over solar, energy storage is shaping up to be a win-win for both CRE users and utilities. But this was not always the case, according to Janice Lin, Chairperson of the Global Energy … Read More

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Housing the Bay Speakers Series: Dr. Antwi Akom on Equity, Place, Race, and Data

At the heart of the urban housing crisis are the topics of equity, inclusion, and place. ULI San Francisco sat down with Dr. Antwi Akom, Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab—a joint research lab between UCSF and SFSU, for the final installment of the Housing the Bay Summit Meet the Speakers Interview Series. In the interview, Dr. Akom talks about how to define equity, how to measure it, the connection between race and place, and the ways in which data scientists and social researchers are working to … Read More

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Housing the Bay Speakers Series: An Interview with David Steinwedell, CEO of Affordable Central Texas

We often hear calls for creative financing tools to build and maintain levels of affordability in high-pressure housing markets. Indeed, determining how to finance the “missing middle” has become a familiar challenge in not just the Bay Area, but also in many competitive housing markets. In the latest interview in our ongoing Meet the Speakers Series, ULI SF sits down with former ULI Austin Executive Director David Steinwedell, whose career working in private equity and passion to give back prepared him for his latest challenge: creating and managing the cutting-edge … Read More

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Housing the Bay Speakers Series: An Interview with Vancouver City Council Member Andrea Reimer

In many ways, the Vancouver housing environment shares common elements of housing supply and affordability issues that are increasingly observed here in the Bay Area and California. Over the last fifteen years, Vancouver market demands have skyrocketed while housing supply has trailed further and further behind. ULI SF sat down with Vancouver City Council Member Andrea Reimer to talk about her work to increase affordability, enhance the quality of community engagement, and to discuss what lessons the Bay Area can learn from Vancouver’s 10+ years of work combatting housing affordability … Read More

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TAPs Bring Expert Insight to Bay Area Land Use and Real Estate Challenges

Historically, one of ULI SF’s most community impact-oriented programs, Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations facing complex land use and real estate issues in the greater Bay Area. TAP panels are made up of senior-level experts drawn from ULI SF’s 2,300 members and are comprised of CEOs, partners, executives, and policymakers — all of whom are ready to leverage their skills, experience, and expertise to give back to the communities with which we partner. ULI SF has conducted over thirty TAPs … Read More

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A Closer Look at California’s New Housing Production Laws

By Chelsea Maclean With the statewide housing crisis at the forefront of the California Legislature’s 2017 agenda, legislators unleashed an avalanche of more than 130 bills this year. Housing advocates have argued, backed by staggering statistics, that California’s local land use approval process has slowed housing production and made it more expensive.1 After vetoing housing bills in the past, Gov. Jerry Brown approved 15 housing bills for the first time in his tenure on Sept. 29, 2017. Some of these laws streamline entitlement processing and attempt to reduce local agencies’ discretionary … Read More

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Alpha Founder, Former Zeta Communities CEO Naomi Porat Talks Modular Construction with ULI SF

Naomi Porat is a social entrepreneur with a portfolio of ventures and projects throughout the U.S. She partners with entrepreneurs to deliver socially responsible products and achieve adoption of groundbreaking new technologies for the built environment and cleantech sectors. She is a founder of Alpha and the former President and CEO of Zeta Communities, a manufacturer of net zero energy and energy efficient housing, schools, and public facilities that utilized modular construction. Noami will be moderating ULI SF’s upcoming program, Modular 2.0: The Future is Now. This program is part of … Read More

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Two Bay Area Projects Win ULI’s 2017-2018 Global Award for Excellence

Thirteen real estate development projects from around the globe have been selected as winners of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence (GAE), which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs. The winners, each of which demonstrates an innovative, forward-looking approach to design and development, include eight projects in the United States, two in Canada, one in Europe, and two in Asia. Two of these winners, Emeryville Center of Community Life and Half Moon Village, are in the Bay Area. Below … Read More

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