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Sharing the lessons learned from our research and experience is an important part of UrbanGreen’s culture. Many of the ideas we have originated and the best practices we have seen are made available here for download. Additionally links to publications where we have played a contributing role are shared for purchase.

UrbanGreenŽ Index 13.1, 2013

The UrbanGreen Index was conceived to benchmark attitudes toward sustainable development, with consistent questions administered over time.  The Spring 2013 survey tracked consistently with my 2012 Fall Survey on three key metrics: perceived cost of sustainable development; ROI requirements to invest in green; and whether or not sustainability would be a primary objective of any project undertaken in the next 3-6 months.

 

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UrbanGreenŽ Index 12.1, 2012

The UrbanGreen Index, initiated by UrbanGreenŽ's founder Jim Heid, is a bi-annual survey meant to gauge the sentiments and attitudes of the real property markets when it comes to issues of sustainability.

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The Evolution of the Planned Community, Urban Land Institute November 2011

Highlights and distillation of the key ideas and findings from an eight month industry conversation around how planned community genre is adapting and evolving to new economics, demographics and policies. Review this publication to see where innovative ideas may take us geographically and programmatically - in the coming decade.

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Reinventing Real Estate – Why the next 24 months matter more than the last 24 years,UrbanLand March 2011

A review and outlook for the seismic changes in the real estate industry that provide a landmark opportunity to make a real difference addressing some of today's most challenging problems associated with human settlement.

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Volume 23 - Al Manakh: Gulf Continued, Archis, 2010

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Provides an essential and comprehensive guide to the Gulf region. Al Manakh 2 profiles six cities in five countries (UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia). Guiding voices include editors Rem Koolhaas and Todd Reisz (OMA) and over 140 contributors, including UrbanGreen’s Founder, Jim Heid. Al Manakh explores four chapters. Crisis and Crises, Vision, Cohabitation and Export Gulf.
Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, 2010

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This forthcoming book shows how to integrate sustainable strategies into infrastructure planning and design for water resource management, sites and land planning. With coverage of watershed masterplanning, green building, optimizing water reuse, reclaiming urban spaces, green streets initiatives, and sustainable master-planning, Sustainable Infrastructure supplements the core reference material with international examples and case studies.
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Investment Niche or Necessity Climate Change, Land Use, and Energy 2009, Urban Land Institute, 2009
As a point of departure for ULI, this report is the first in a series that explicitly engages the issue of global climate change. Future reports will review recent or pending changes in public regulatory frameworks and will examine real estate development practices and specific real estate product types.

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The City in 2050: Creating Blueprints for Change, Urban Land Institute, 2008

cover of The City in 2050: Creating Blueprints for Change The City of 2050: Creating Blueprints for Change explores the changes facing metropolitan areas, illustrated through interesting facts and charts on topics such as the impact of capital markets, climate change, sustainability, transportation and infrastructure needs, demographic trends, housing, retail, and technology. Questions the book addresses include: How can cities and communities be shaped to meet present needs while empowering future generations to meet theirs? What must we do now to create value in the City of 2050? How can today's investments achieve both attractive returns and long-term outcomes?

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Developing Sustainable Planned Communities, Urban Land Institute, 2007

cover of Developing Sustainable Planned Communities Demand for green buildings is rapidly growing as companies seek office space that reduces energy costs and increases worker productivity, and consumers seek energy efficient, healthy indoor environments, both at work and at home. Packed with examples, and lavishly illustrated throughout, this practical guide provides down to earth, reality based insights into designing and developing sustainable planned communities that are environmentally responsible, attractive to the market, and profitable.

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Greenfield Development without Sprawl: The Role of Planned Communities; Urban Land Institute, February 2004

While it is often lumped with sprawl, greenfield development offers the most practical, affordable, and achievable chance to build without sprawl, given its potential to create large-scale, conserved open lands and sustainable modern infrastructure.  Much evidence suggests that public will plus enlightened private self-interest can rid Greenfield development of sprawl’s dysfunctions: indiscriminate and incremental use of open land; low-density residential ‘tract’ subdivisions...

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Greening the Urban Center – Lessons from the West, Urban Redevelopment Authority/The Institute of Policy Studies, 2000

Model Cities – Urban Best Practices The built environment is a reflection of the values we hold.  Too often, city planners, policy makers and developers think of open space as a luxury – an amenity that only wealthy cities with surplus land, a burgeoning  construction sector or maintenance funds can afford.  The idea that developing cities should view open space a fundamental to their economic future as transportation or sewerage and water supply is not commonly held.

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The Rural Town: Designing for Growth and Sustainability, Center for Business Development and Research, University of Idaho, 1997

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Discussions about recent growth in resort community populations have centered on the loss of open space, increased traffic, more crime and other social problems.  More and more, however, talk is shifting to a new topic – affordable housing – as these communities face rapidly rising housing costs that are a growing threat to their long-term economic viability. 

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Is Water the Next Carbon, Urban Land; October 2007

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Water could be the keystone element for measuring a project’s sustainability. Zero-energy homes, carbonneutral communities, and balanced greenhouse gas emissions are part of the vernacular of the sustainability-savvy. Now neighborhoods, cities, and corporations are moving toward recycling, replenishing, and reducing their demand for
water supplies.

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Converging Frontiers, Urban Land Green; April 2007

Model Cities – Urban Best Practices Increasingly, development projects in high-growth areas are being challenged on various grounds and are facing antigrowth sentiment and regulatory obstacles throughout the entitlement and approval process. This growing uncertainty often leads developers either to adopt traditional patterns of land development (resulting in fragmented landscapes and frustrated communities) or to commit significant dollars for legal, environmental, and planning battles during the entitlement process.

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Green Reflections, Urban Land; July 2004

Model Cities – Urban Best Practices Green development – especially, green land-based development that emphasizes the tenets of environmental responsibility or sustainability at the community level – is at a crossroads.  The concept of building in an environmentally appropriate manner has stirred a wide response from the development community, ranging from evangelical adoption to raised-eyebrow cynicism, but the majority of land developers could be characterized as cautiously interested.

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Conservation Stewardship Organizations, UrbanGreen White Paper

Model Cities – Urban Best Practices This whitepaper developed by UrbanGreen examines what constitutes a Conservation Stewardship Organization (CSO) and how they add initial market differentiation and long term value to environmentally responsible land developments.  Several successful CSO’s are examined with statistics and lessons learned through interviews with the development teams.  24 pages. 

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Town Centers Development, UrbanGreen White Paper

Model Cities – Urban Best Practices This whitepaper developed by UrbanGreen examines how to create amenity value from town or village centers in small TND and planned community developments.  Several successful town centers are examined with statistics and lessons learned through interviews with the development teams.  23 pages.

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