We fulfill our mission by leveraging the thought leadership of our members to tackle challenging land use issues facing our region. Our current impact projects address issues of climate resilience, mobility, and housing accessibility.
Living with Heat
The Living with Heat project is a follow up to ULI Boston’s Living with Water report that was released in 2014. The Project provides design solutions for heat islands in the greater Boston area and is lead by the ULI Boston/New England’s Climate Resilience Committee. The Committee will provide the Metro Boston region with design and policy solutions to tackle the risks and vulnerabilities of rising extreme heat predicted by 2070. The committee chose to work in some of the most vulnerable regions susceptible to heat including East Boston, Lower Roxbury, Somerville, and the Everett/Chelsea border.
The full Living with Heat report will be released on Tuesday, November 12th at the Living with Heat Symposium.
The event is free and open to the public.
Technical Assistance Panels Impact Research
The Boston/New England District Council established its TAP program nearly 20 years ago. Over the years, we have conducted over forty TAPs and have assisted communities throughout New England with challenging land use issues. As a means to better understand the impact of the program, ULI Boston/New England will be researching the long and short-term economic development and real estate implications of the TAP recommendations.
Pathways to Inclusion
The Pathways to Inclusion Initiative is a partnership between the ULI Boston/New England District Council, the Builders of Color Coalition, African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) New England, and the City of Boston Office of Resilience and Racial Equity and is designed to broaden ULI membership and expand the professional networks of minority developers and land use professionals in New England.
The Pathways to Inclusion program provides individuals of color a scholarship to the Fall Meeting in addition to a one-year ULI membership. This is a value of more than $2,700.
The Policy Committee leverages the ULI brand to position our members to be a leading voice in creating a multiple solutions approach to housing affordability and transit mobility challenges threatening the region; with a focus on housing production, that enhances affordability and fosters inclusive communities. The committee fulfills its mission through research and policy convenings.
For more information on our policy work, contact Manikka Bowman, Director of Policy and Outreach.
Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST)
ULI Boston/New England is proud to work with the our fellow commercial real estate associations; NAIOP Massachusetts and Commercial Brokers Association (CBA) on CREST, a 10-week summer internship program for diverse college students. The three commercial real estate associations seek to increase diversity in the industry and engaged their respective member firms in the mission.
Working with KAGE Growth Strategies who identified local area academic institutions and established relationships to recruit talented young students as interns with ULI, NAIOP, and CBA members. Participating academic institutions include: Bentley University, Brandeis University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Wellesley College. A variety of employers have participated in the CREST program. The firms include: AEW, Boston Investments, Boston Properties, CBRE, Cummings Properties, Davis Companies, HYM Investment Group, JLL, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Millennium Partners, National Development, Paradigm Properties, Samuels & Associates, Skanska, Suffolk Construction, Trinity Financial, and VHB.
To learn more about this program, please contact Michelle Landers.