Mission Priorities

Our mission priorities are: decarbonizing the real estate sector and accelerating our progress to net zero; educating the next generation of diverse real estate leaders; and increasing housing attainability in communities around the world.

All three priorities will be underpinned by a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), which recognizes that our communities can be successful and sustainable only if they work for everyone.

By channeling our resources and energies into tackling these important and pressing challenges, we can maximize our impact.

Decarbonization and Net Zero

Climate change is the biggest challenge our industry will face. Buildings are responsible for 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and upwards of 70% of emissions in urban cities. As such, real estate has a responsibility and opportunity to address the climate crisis and reach net zero. Given the climate need and the growing global mandate for zero carbon buildings, ULI aims to accelerate market transformation toward a net zero built environment. ULI has set a goal of a 50% reduction in GHG intensity by 2030 and net zero carbon in operations by 2050.

Across the organization globally, ULI is providing thought leadership to membership and the industry broadly in the form of reports, trainings, webinars, events, and articles on the business case for net zero real estate and how owners/developers can cost-effectively decarbonize their portfolios – all of which can be found at the ULI Net Zero Compendium. To achieve further impact, ULI is leveraging its Greenprint Real Estate Members, the vanguard of global climate leaders representing over $1.3T in AUM, to accelerate decarbonization.  And to drive tactical on-the-ground progress, ULI is launching the Net Zero Imperative, which brings together the public and private sectors at the local level with technical assistance to overcome barriers that real estate sector is facing locally to reaching net zero faster.

Increasing Housing Attainability in Communities Around the World

Housing access and attainability is a growing challenge that is both local and global in nature. Increasing housing production and supply, particularly of units appropriate for moderate and lower-income households, is central to achieving ULI’s housing mission priority.

ULI will leverage the vast experience and expertise of its members to drive creative local housing solutions that can be scaled and replicated across ULI’s global network. In partnership with ULI members, national councils, and district councils; ULI has launched three tactical components to support the Attainable Housing for All mission priority:  (1) a series of study panels addressing local housing needs in at least 10 cities over the next two years, (2) a new district council housing exchange that provides enhanced support for ULI’s most active local housing product councils and task forces, and (3) a virtual housing resource hub bringing together the most timely and relevant content from ULI and beyond addressing barriers to and opportunities in the development of housing.

Our Home Attainability Index will continue to serve as a data-informed foundation for regional housing solutions and will expand globally with the launch of a new Asia Pacific Index.  We will also continue showcasing the outstanding local housing projects and policies of the Terwilliger Center’s, Kemp, and Larson Awards programs.

Educating the Next Generation of Diverse Real Estate Leaders

ULI Learning’s education offerings are growing to reflect our commitment to educate the next generation of diverse real estate leaders. We aim to connect 50,000 students and young professionals to ULI and the real estate industry by 2024. Our programs inspire awareness and interest in the built environment in high school and beyond through the  UrbanPlan program; we connect college students to   impactful, accessible educational offerings  through programs such as University Connections, the Hines Competition, and the Etkin Scholars Program; and we develop early career professionals through ULI Learning courses and certificates.  In addition we connect young people withmentorship opportunities, and offer cohort experiences to develop professionals including the Institute’s Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI), and partnerships such as the ULI-REAP Academy and The Foundations Program, a partnership between ULI, Nareit, and the Fannie Mae Housing Leaders program.