SOURCE: Urban Land Institute
June 16, 2008 11:00 ET
Nine Global Winners Chosen for 2008 Urban Land Institute Financial Times Sustainable Cities Awards
LONDON--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Nine outstanding programs from organizations around
the world representing both the public and private sectors have been
selected as winners in the first annual Sustainable Cities Awards program,
sponsored jointly by the Financial Times and the Urban Land Institute
(ULI). The award winners were announced today in conjunction with a
Financial Times ULI Sustainable Cities conference being held in London.
The Sustainable Cities Awards honor global examples of ongoing programs
that exhibit new ideas and perspectives for best practices in sustainable
land use. Each of the winners is incorporating initiatives that are making
a significant contribution in highlighting the concept of sustainability in
real estate. The nine were selected from 18 finalists chosen from a field
of 86 entries submitted from 15 countries.
The winners were announced by Awards Jury Chairman Reinhard Kutscher,
chairman of the management board, Union Investment Real Estate AG, Hamburg,
Germany. "The best way to assess sustainability is from the three angles of
economic, social and environmental well-being," Kutscher said. "Those we
honor today are leading positive change in sustainable land use. They are
at the forefront of design and development techniques that are land
efficient and energy efficient."
The 2008 Sustainable Cities Award winners are:
-- The Cascade Land Conservancy for "The Cascade Agenda" -- The Cascade
Agenda is a 100-year visioning exercise to preserve more than 1.3 million
acres (526,000 hectares) of forest and farmland by utilizing market-based
tools to incentivize smart growth practices across the Puget Sound region
of Washington state. The jury felt this program exhibits a sophisticated
understanding about sustainability issues, and one that is already changing
behavior in the region.
-- The City of Chicago -- The city of Chicago leads all cities in
incorporating preservation and sustainability practices into its own
operations and in the delivery of services to its constituents. The jury
was impressed with the comprehensiveness of Chicago's involvement in green
practices; how integrated they were with city ordinances, and the size and
scale of its influence.
-- The City of Greensburg, Kansas -- Ninety percent of the building stock
of Greensburg, Kansas, a farming town with a population 1,389, was
destroyed by a tornado in 2007. Instead of rebuilding the past, the
citizens of Greenburg voted to rebuild for a sustainable future. The jury
believed that Greensburg's model for the reconstruction of rural
communities after natural disasters is applicable globally and should be
-- Enterprise Community Partners for "Green Communities" -- Since 2004,
the Enterprise Green Communities program has invested more than $570
million to create more than 11,000 green affordable units across one-
hundred U.S. cities. The jury believed that Enterprise Community Partners
exhibited the highest level of expertise in their leadership, as the
program moves people away from the ethos of bigger is better.
-- Jones Lang LaSalle for "Portfolio Sustainability Management Program" --
Jones Lang LaSalle, with more than 1.2 billion square feet (111 square
kilometers) under management and billions more owned or leased by clients
that the firm advises worldwide, is setting influential standards for its
own portfolio and those of its clients. JLL's expansive reach is peerless
and its portfolio management program has permeated its corporate culture.
-- Kennedy Associates for "Responsible Property Investing" -- Kennedy
Associates believes that buildings developed and managed according to
sustainability principles possess a competitive advantage over traditional
structures, and it applies this commitment across its entire $9.6 billion
portfolio. Kennedy targets LEED-Silver certification for all development
projects, as well as Energy Star benchmarking for all existing buildings.
Kennedy Associates has integrated this strategy into everything the firm
does, not just in real estate, but also in its social agenda.
-- New Songdo City Master Plan, master planned by Kohn Pedersen Fox and
developed by Gale International with POSCO E&C -- The master plan for this
new city in South Korea is complete, and construction is underway. This
private-enterprise plan is a pilot project in LEED's Neighborhood
Development program, with a strong emphasis on carbon-use reduction. For
the jury, the master plan reflects a strategy that applies state-of-the-art
green practices in urban design, engineering, construction, infrastructure
and energy systems.
-- PNC for "Greening PNC" -- PNC has led all U.S. companies in LEED
certifications since 2000, when its corporate headquarters was the first
financial building to be LEED certified. PNC has incorporated this
commitment into a corporate policy that now includes 41 "Green Branch"
locations. The jury noted PNC's long-standing leadership in the
sustainability field, and the company's influence on its supply chain.
-- Vulcan for "Creating a New Model for Sustainable, Mixed-Use Urban
Communities" -- Vulcan's strategic approach to the redevelopment of 60
acres (24 hectares) it owns in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood has
revitalized the formerly industrial district, attracting new employers and
creative-class tenants. The jury commended the real estate organization for
its civic responsibility and social inclusion, and its practice of a model
strategy for urban infill redevelopment.
In addition to Kutscher, the 2008 Sustainable Cities Awards Jury included
Guy Battle, principal, Battle McCarthy, London, United Kingdom; Megan
Christensen, director of community development and sustainability, Lend
Lease Communities, LLC, Denver, Colo.; Todd Mansfield, chairman and chief
executive officer, Crosland, LLC, Charlotte, N.C.; Chandran Nair, founder
and chief executive officer, Global Institute for Tomorrow, Hong Kong,
China; and Lee Polisano, principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, London,
"The enthusiasm shown by participants worldwide certainly reinforces the
fact that land use has a key role in the sustainability of cities,"
Kutscher said. "What this awards program shows is that exciting progress is
being made worldwide. We have entered an exciting new era for our built and
According to Richard M. Rosan, president, ULI Worldwide, the awards program
is an excellent way to illustrate the importance of the impact of the built
environment on climate change. "Growing concern over climate change is
spurring demand for the inclusion of sustainable practices in the planning,
design and development of cities and buildings worldwide," Rosan said. "We
are delighted to be promoting through these awards best practices in
sustainable land use around the globe."
John Ridding, chief executive of the Financial Times, said, "We believe
these awards will provide an effective means of encouraging best-practice
in this important area. We hope this competition will inspire greater
recognition of the need for sustainability in our built environment."
The jury noted that in addition to the winners, all the finalists are
demonstrating excellence in sustainability practices. The finalists:
-- City of Perris, California -- The city of Perris, California, in
partnership with Honeywell International, installed photovoltaic arrays on
its municipal buildings amid a city-wide effort to reduce energy use and
-- City of Seattle, Washington -- Home to the most LEED-certified
buildings in the country, Seattle's Green Building Program uses financial
incentives, technical assistance, and educational programs to spur green
-- Forest City -- Forest City incorporated lessons learned from
sustainability efforts in individual developments into standard business
practices for enterprise use, demonstrating a genuine change in its
-- Morley Fund Management -- igloo™, established by Morley Fund
Management, has been described by the United Nations as the world's first
sustainable property fund.
-- Pennsylvania Horticultural Society -- Bringing together more than
5,000 constituents and 90 community groups, the Philadelphia Green program
has reclaimed more than 138 acres of vacant land, planted more than 21,000
trees, and harvested 22,000 pounds of local produce in community gardens
-- Pedra Branca -- Located in the southern, relatively affluent, state of
Santa Catarina, Pedra Branca claims to be Brazil's first sustainable
-- ProLogis -- ProLogis, a global leader in warehouse facilities (more
than 510 million square feet), and its recently acquired mixed-use
subsidiary, Catellus, are developing new projects under such national and
international standards as LEED (U.S.), BREEAM (U.K.), and CASBEE (Japan).
-- The St. Joe Company -- As steward of 700,000 acres in Bay and Walton
counties in northwest Florida, The St. Joe Company avoided a piece-meal
approach to development by establishing a template for private land
development that is pre-approved by government, protects natural resources,
and provides certainty to owners.
-- U.S. General Services Administration -- Providing workspace for more
than a million federal employees, the General Services Administration (GSA)
since 2003 has been requiring that all new capital projects achieve LEED-
More information about the awards program is at
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a nonprofit education and
research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide
leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining
thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more
than 40,000 members representing all aspects of the land use and
About Financial Times Conferences
Established in 1971, Financial Times Conferences has many years experience
of conferences, seminars, road shows, courses and forums. More than 1,000
events have been arranged worldwide and Financial Times Conferences has
built up an enviable reputation for quality, integrity and accuracy. Expert
programme development teams in conjunction create editorial programmes with
Financial Times journalist and speakers and delegates are drawn from the
most senior levels of industry, commerce and government. Further
information can be found online at www.ftconferences.com.