Applications Still Open for ULI Net Zero Imperative

Washington – The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate has released the statement of interest to participate in the second cohort of a multi-year initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the environmental performance of the real estate industry around the globe.

Launched in July 2021, a fundamental goal of the Net Zero Imperative (NZI) is to provide ideas and strategies to real estate owners, public sector leaders, and the general public to eliminate carbon emissions from the built environment to reach net zero.

ULI’s network of district councils and national councils around the world are invited to submit a statement of interest to the NZI program for a city/sponsor in their area. Stakeholders in the chosen cities will become part of a global network and receive resources from ULI including two-day technical assistance panels, long-term on-the-ground campaigns, and toolkits and best practices to help their “roadmap to decarbonization.” This work will be focused on overcoming challenges the real estate sector is facing to achieve net zero locally and the lessons learned through each cohort will be incorporated into NZI research to support cities and real estate leaders around the world.

“Thanks to a generous initial gift from Owen Thomas and additional gifts from Lynn Thurber, Joe Azrack, Franz Colloredo-Mansfeld, and Dan Cashdan, we are able to offer complimentary technical assistance and ongoing support to a selection of cities around the world to help them reach net zero,” said Marta Schantz, senior vice president of the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance. “There is an urgent need for the real estate industry to decarbonize, and we look forward to working with the public and private sector leaders in the cities that will be chosen as part of a competitive process in our second round of applications.”

Year Two Cohort applications can be submitted by ULI district and national councils, and the application period will be open until July 4. For more information, visit

A list of the NZI Year One Cohort participants can be found here.