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US Sustainability Initiatives
HUD Sustainable Housing Initiative
The HUD Sustainable Housing Initiative helps to coordinate energy-efficiency and green building goals and initiatives for the Department. This page contains many resources for HUD partners including the HUD Strategic Plan and Energy Efficiency Framework for Rental Housing.
EPA Green Building Standards
The US Environmental Protection Agency compiles a set of standards for green building and development. It also has a side-by-side comparison tool to evaluate one standard against another.
U.S. Green Building Council
The mission of USGBC is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated through LEED—enabling an environmentally and socially responsible environment that improves the quality of life.
LEED rating system
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provides a framework for healthy, efficient, carbon and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
Greening Federal Buildings
The US General Services Adminitration, the government's largest civilian landlord, leads the way in green building design, construction, retrofit and sustainable operations and maintenance.
Sustainability in Real Estate
What the Historic U.S. Climate Bill Could Mean for the Real Estate Industry
This article breaks down the potential impact of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 on the Real Estate Industry and clean facilities.
ULI Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate
ULI (Urban Land Institute) Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate is dedicated to creating healthy, resilient, and high performance communities around the world. Through the work of its Greenprint, Building Healthy Places, and Urban Resilience programs, the Center provides leadership and support to real estate and land use professionals to invest in energy efficient, healthy, resilient, and sustainable buildings and communities.
ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance
The ULI (Urban Land Institute) 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.
ULI Greenprint Report - Renewable Energy Strategies for Real Estate
The goal of this report from the ULI Greenpoint Center is to help real estate practitioners understand the business case for renewables and develop a strategy to identify, prioritize, and execute renewable energy deals both on site and off site.
ULI Urban Resilience
ULI’s (Urban Land Institute) Urban Resilience program is focused on how buildings, cities and communities can be more resilient to the impacts of climate change and other environmental vulnerabilities.
ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative
The ULI (Urban Land Institute) Building Healthy Places Initiative leverages the power of the Institute’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.
Circular Building Toolkit
The Circular Buildings Toolkit will help designers and planners create a better future in the built environment sector. Arup and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched the toolkit in a bid to bring a circular economy for buildings into the mainstream.
World Green Building Council
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) catalyses the uptake of sustainable built environments for everyone, everywhere.
The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC)
The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) of the UN is the leading global platform for governments, private sector, civil society, research, and intergovernmental organizations committed to a common vision: A zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector.
Zero Carbon Building Accelerator
Zero Carbon Building Accelerator is part of the Buildings Initiative within the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The Zero Carbon Building Accelerator helps governments eliminate building sector CO2 emissions through four strategies.
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Global Sustainability Efforts
A Primer on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals for Real Estate
The Urban Land Institute developed this primer related to the UN sustainable development goals (SDG). Global real estate organizations now consider alignment with the SDGs an expectation for ESG leaders.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
The ultimate objective of the Convention is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations "at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human induced) interference with the climate system."
The Kyoto Protocol
The Kyoto Protocol operationalizes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by committing industrialized countries and economies in transition to limit and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions in accordance with agreed individual targets.
The Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
The World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps turn cities into resilient, inclusive, low-carbon places that are better for people and the planet.
Sustainability at The University of Michigan
Center for Low Carbon Built Environment
The Center for Low Carbon Built Environment within the College of Engineering brings together expertise across the University of Michigan and beyond in order to develop and deploy technologies that address the immense, urgent threat of climate change.
Center for Sustainable Systems
The University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems at the School for Environment and Sustainability creates systems analysis methods, models, and metrics for advancing sustainable futures.
Center for Sustainable Systems - Built Environment
The University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems has developed a growing set of factsheets that cover topics including energy, water, food, waste, buildings, materials, and transportation systems. The Built Environment category includes the Factsheets on Commercial Buildings, Residential Buildings, U.S. Cities and Green IT.
School for Environment and Sustainability
The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability’s (SEAS) overarching objective is focused on solving the climate crisis and creating a world that is economically robust, environmentally sound, sustainable and just.
SEAS - Cities + Mobility + Built Environment
The University of Michigan School for the Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is leading the integration of research knowledge into real-world solutions. Cities + Mobility + Built Environment seeks to change the game in urban design by working to build infrastructure to foster human connectivity.
The mission of the Erb Institute at the Ross School of Business is to create a socially and environmentally sustainable world through the power of business.
Graham Sustainability Institute
The Graham Sustainability Institute's mission is to advance a just and sustainable world where policy and practice are powered by science, collaboration, and creativity.
Planet Blue is committed to achieving carbon neutrality, unveiling an array of new actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster sustainability university-wide.