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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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In Memory of Elizabeth Clark

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Elizabeth Clark, our dear friend and a longtime ULI San Francisco leader. Elizabeth served on the ULI SF Sustainability Committee and her strong vision and passion for renewable energy and sustainable development made her an inspiration to young female leaders and industry professionals everywhere. Most recently, Elizabeth was actively involved in the development of two zero energy/net positive events we have had in the last year, and our energy storage event this coming February is largely … Read More

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An Interview with UrbanPlan Co-Founder Ron Nahas

Whether it’s devoting time to work on a committee, helping to plan a program, or volunteering in the classroom through UrbanPlan, ULI’s work depends on the investment of our members. One such member whose dedication has helped to shape ULI and the San Francisco District Council is Ron Nahas. A co-founder, longtime advocate, and volunteer for the UrbanPlan program, Ron made a $300,000 matching gift to UrbanPlan in June 2017 intended to catalyze the expansion of the program throughout ULI’s District Councils. Ron chaired the committee that developed UrbanPlan 1.0 … Read More

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YLG’s 2017 Learn From the Best: What Is It and How Will It Benefit Your Career?

On Thursday, November 9th at 6pm YLG is hosting Learn from the Best (LFTB), our signature event in which Young Leaders spend quality time with three different land use industry experts during a series of 20-minute roundtable discussions. The result is a unique and rewarding experience, which allows the next generation of real estate professionals to learn from recognized leaders in the industry. Last year, I attended YLG’s 2016 Learn from the Best program and felt that it was an incredibly beneficial experience. This event gave me the opportunity to … Read More

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ULI SF Welcomes Casey Pond!

ULI San Francisco is very excited to welcome the newest addition to our District Council team, Casey Pond, as an Associate. Casey grew up in the East Bay Area and recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Professional Business Writing and Communications. While studying, Casey was a content marketing intern for Hofmann Architecture, an architecture firm in Santa Barbara that designs and sustainably renovates vintage airstreams and other small mobile spaces. Prior to that, Casey gained experience during internships … Read More

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ULI SF Welcome Sam Mori

ULI SF continues to grow, and we’re pleased to have hired Sam Mori as the newest addition to the ULI SF staff. Sam is excited to join ULI SF as the new Administrative Assistant and hopes to learn more about real estate, land use planning, and nonprofit work.  Sam, who started as ULI SF’s new Administrative Assistant in October, has a background in historic preservation work at various organizations including the Los Angeles Conservancy, Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, and the National Park Service. Originally from Southern California, Sam received his B.A. … Read More

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ULI SF Releases Latest TAP Report for the City of Orinda!

An ongoing initiative of ULI, Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provides strategic advice on complex land use and real estate development issues for local clients, such as municipalities, public agencies, and non-profit developers. In early 2017, the City of Orinda reached out to ULI SF to assemble a multidisciplinary panel of experts who could aid in its efforts to initiate planning work for the community’s downtown district, asking the panel to provide “concrete and actionable” next steps. Drawing from our seasoned professional membership base of 2,300, ULI SF composed a panel … Read More

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ULI SF is Proud to Support the 10-Minute Walk Campaign Launch!

On October 10, at 10:10 a.m., The Trust for Public Land, along with the National Recreation and Park Association and the Urban Land Institute, is launching a 10-minute walk to a park campaign along with more than 130 supportive mayors from across the country. This unprecedented initiative will improve access to quality parks and green spaces for all Americans: because everyone deserves a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home. The more than 130 mayors are from across America, cities large and small. They have joined this national campaign, … Read More

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In Memory of Nina Gruen

It is with a sincere sense of loss that we share the news of the passing of Nina Gruen, a longtime ULI San Francisco leader. Nina served on the ULI SF board for decades and was a dedicated champion of our District Council’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Most recently, she was the guest of honor at one of our Boardroom after Dark dinners, where she shared her knowledge and experiences with the next generation of Bay Area land use leaders. Beyond her externally facing involvement with ULI SF, Nina was also … Read More

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