The Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint) is seeking a Senior Manager to lead the implementation of a new Net Zero initiative—a multiyear program providing research and technical assistance to public and private-sector leaders to accelerate decarbonization in the built environment. This position will report to the Senior Vice President, Greenprint.
ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance is a research center and a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Through measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation of best practices, Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and achieve net-zero-carbon operations by 2050.
Core areas of focus for the Greenprint Center include reducing carbon emissions and increasing building value across the built environment. This includes development of research reports and resources on the business case for high-performance green buildings, convening of market leaders to advance sustainability in real estate, developing and analyzing the benchmark performance of ULI Greenprint members, and the promotion of Greenprint member progress to the broader ULI membership and real estate market at large. Long-term focus areas include city climate goals and policies as well as tenant sustainability opportunities.
The Net Zero advisory initiative is a new five-year program launching in July 2021 to benefit, support, and advance the sustainability mission of ULI through the arrangement and management of technical assistance panels (TAPs) and other advisory services designed to help owners, cities, and other relevant constituents reduce or eliminate carbon emissions associated with buildings, communities, and cities. The goal of the effort is to provide concrete ideas and strategies to the beneficiaries of the TAPs and the general public to eliminate carbon emissions from the built environment. The Net Zero advisory initiative will also foster a long-term cohort of participants to collaborate over time and learn from each other as they work to implement the recommendations from the panels.
• Manage the implementation of Net Zero climate mitigation advisory activities, workshops, and convenings by identifying expert panelists, conducting pre-event research and developing panel briefing books, facilitating discussions, and supporting the development of panel recommendation presentations and summary reports.
• Coordinate program timeline and manage toward key milestones in each city, collaborating with public partners at the city level, engaging with local private-sector member partners, and working with ULI staff at the district council level to advance decarbonization efforts post-panel.
• Run the Net Zero advisory “cohort” convenings for long-term engagement of participants across the cities and provide and source ad-hoc technical assistance needs.
• Serve as a lead research author for one report per year, managing research and report staff to develop reports and other publications.
• Present on Greenprint research and programs to the broader real estate market—webinars, conference panels, media interviews, etc.
• Develop relationships and engage with ULI Greenprint real estate members to ensure that sufficient value-add and thought leadership is being provided to this group.
• Support business development for Greenprint member recruitment and external-sponsored Greenprint research reports, as well as for Net Zero initiative sponsor recruitment and associated follow-on activities.
• Limited administrative responsibilities, such as submitting invoices for payment, tracking budgets, scheduling meetings, etc.
• At least five years of relevant private-sector and/or nonprofit experience.
• A strategic thinker, a strong writer, a problem solver, and an excellent communicator.
• Experience with and comfort in engaging with senior leaders in real estate and land use.
• Expert working knowledge on sustainability, climate change, green buildings, real estate, local climate policy, and related topics.
• Able to maintain keen attention to details, timelines, and various moving project pieces.
• Strong facilitation and partnership skills—easily fosters relationships and partnerships with stakeholders to ensure their buy-in and follow-through program successes.
• Strong research and writing skills—ready to be a lead author of ULI research reports, case studies, and toolkits.
• Strong presentation skills—capable of presenting Greenprint content to the broader market.
• Self-driven, can determine work methods and processes to follow in carrying out work assignments.
• Travel mostly within the United States and once globally per year as required. A reasonable expectation would be four trips a year, each with a duration of two to three days.
• Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, urban planning, real estate, business, public policy, and/or a related field.
To apply, please follow the link below. Please submit a résumé and a letter of interest.
ULI is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. No relocation reimbursement is offered at this time.