Webinar: New Innovations in Green Communities and Energy-Efficient Housing

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March 18, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
ULI Terwilliger Center


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Join the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing for an informative discussion about the evolution of the green building industry and sustainable communities.

ULI Housing Interchange Webinar Series Presents:
New Innovations in Green Communities and Energy-Efficient Housing
March 18, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

This ULI Housing Interchange Webinar Series program will be moderated by the Terwilliger Center’s Molly Simpson and feature an expert panel comprising of: Helen Gurfel, executive director, ULI – Greenprint Center for Building Performance; Michael Catalano, Green Initiatives Project Manager, Jonathan Rose Companies; Philip S. Payne, chief executive officer, Gingko Residential; and Gregory J. Weaver, executive vice president – development, Catellus Development Corporation.

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Explore the best practices in green and energy-efficient housing for new construction and existing buildings.
  • Discuss the latest trends in green building and community design that reduce environmental impact, improve efficiency, and reduce utility costs.
  • Learn about practical innovations and low-cost solutions that can improve your bottom-line, and improve marketability.

Space is limited! Register for this program today!


ULI Housing Interchange Webinars are available to ULI members and non-members at an affordable registration rate. Discounts are available for those in the government, non-profit, and academic sectors, as well as ULI Young Leaders (under 35) , students, and retirees.

 Member  Non-Member
Private $75 $105
Public/Nonprofit $50 $75
Young Leader (Under 35) $60 $80
Student $50 $75
Retired $50 $75

Webinar details, including the link to join on event day, will be sent approximately one week before the webinar date.

Registration Special! Register today for this program ULI Housing Interchange Webinar and receive a 15% discount on a future program in the ULI Housing Interchange Webinar Series. Click here to view programs that are eligible for this discount. This special promo code will be sent to registrants with their webinar confirmation details.

Questions? Email customerservice@uli.org.

Meet the Panelists

Michael Catalano, Jonathan Rose Companies
Michael Catalano joined Jonathan Rose Companies in 2012 as a project manager. He is responsible for planning, management, and implementation of green building retrofit projects throughout the investment practice portfolio. Mr. Catalano brings experience in environmental systems planning, sustainable architecture, cost estimating and construction administration. Prior to joining Jonathan Rose Companies, Mr. Catalano worked on a community based, environmental health mapping project at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC and concurrently was a fellow with the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. Mr. Catalano previously worked at Ciardullo Associates, a New York-based architecture firm specializing in NYC public school design and also taught ecological architecture as an Adjunct Professor at New York Institute of Technology. Michael earned his Master’s in Urban Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute (where he was an Eva Hanhardt Scholar), his Master’s in Sustainability from the City College of New York and received his Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology.

Helen Gurfel, ULI – Greenprint Center for Building Performance
Helen Gurfel is the executive director of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance. Greenprint is an alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. As the executive director, she is responsible for the overall management and growth of the center.

Helen was most recently a director of GE Capital Real Estate’s global sustainability group, where she spearheaded a number of initiatives, including development of sustainability programs for GE’s portfolios in France, Canada, and the U.K., establishment of a rooftop solar program to deploy solar installations across properties in North America and the U.K., and incorporation of innovative technologies into GE-owned properties. She was also a member of GE Capital Real Estate’s global valuation team and GE Energy Financial Services’ portfolio management team. Previously, she was a principal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Helen received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a master’s in international studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Philip S.  Payne, Gingko Residential
Philip S. Payne has primary responsibility for the overall strategic direction, growth and development as chief executive officer of Ginkgo Residential. From February 2007 until the formation of Ginkgo, he served as the CEO of Babcock & Brown Residential. Prior to Babcock’s acquisition of BNP, Mr. Payne was the Chairman of BNP, spearheading its growth from a passive REIT in 1994 to an apartment REIT with approximately 9,000 apartment units by 2007. As BNP’s Chairman, Mr. Payne led the sale of the company to Babcock & Brown Ltd. in 2007, at a valuation that represented a doubling in BNP’s share price from the time he took over as Chairman. In addition to his duties at Ginkgo, Mr. Payne is a member of the Board of Directors of Ashford Hospitality Trust, a REIT focused on the hospitality industry, and MerueloMaddux Properties, Inc., a real estate company that is focused on residential, commercial and industrial development in Southern California. He serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committees of both of these companies. Mr. Payne received a BS degree and a JD degree, both from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, in 1973 and 1978, respectively. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Virginia. Mr. Payne is a member of both the National Multi Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”). He is the founding Chairman of ULI’s Responsible Property Investing Council. Mr. Payne has written for various publications and spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of topics, including real estate investment trusts, securities regulations, finance and responsible property investing.

Molly Simpson, Program Manager, ULI – Terwilliger Center for Housing
Molly Simpson is program manager of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Ms. Simpson joined ULI in 2012 and is responsible for developing and implementing educational and research programs related to housing policy and practice including the Center’s publications, webinars, forums, and awards program.

Prior to joining ULI, Ms. Simpson was a graduate intern at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Office of Sustainable Housing Communities, where she supported the Sustainable Housing Initiative, focusing on promoting green, healthy, and energy-efficient affordable housing. She has also worked in sustainable and health-based community development as a consultant to federal clients including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ms. Simpson holds a Masters in Sustainable Urban Planning from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with concentrations in Political Studies and Economics from Bard College.

Gregory J. Weaver, Catellus Development Corporation
Gregory J. Weaver, executive vice president of Catellus Development Corporation, is responsible for acquisitions and development throughout the country’s Southern and Midwest regions. He also leads the following development projects: Mueller airport redevelopment, a 700-acre, sustainable mixed-use development in the heart of Austin, Texas; Prairie Glen Corporate Center, a 92-acre corporate campus and part of the 1,200-acre Glenview Naval Air Station redevelopment situated 20 miles north of Chicago; and CirclePoint Corporate Center, a 65-acre, 1.3-million-square-foot office project in Westminster, Colorado.

During five years of ProLogis ownership, Mr. Weaver served as Catellus’ President and Managing Director and was responsible for integration and branding activities, as well as providing oversight for the company’s mixed-use developments nationwide and a $1 billion retail portfolio.

Mr. Weaver joined Catellus in 2000. Roles included spearheading redevelopment at Mueller and overseeing the development of Stapleton Business Center, a 300-acre, 3.5-million-square-foot industrial business park in Denver, Colorado, and CirclePoint Corporate Center.

Mr. Weaver began his commercial real estate career with CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) in its North County San Diego Office in 1992 and was responsible for the marketing of a 500-acre business park, known as the Carlsbad Research Center. In 1996, he transferred to CBRE’s Oakland/East Bay office, and in 1999 he joined Cornish & Carey as a founding partner in their Oakland/East Bay office.

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