ULI Receives $10M Gift to Support Sustainability Initiatives

Washington – Real estate executive, Randall Lewis, has donated $10 million to the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the largest single donation in ULI’s 86-year history to date, to fund the organization’s efforts to make the built environment more sustainable. The gift is largely unrestricted, which allows ULI flexibility in funding sustainability programs to meet future needs in a rapidly changing environment.

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In honor of the historic contribution, ULI has renamed the former Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance the ULI Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate. The center, which focuses upon creating healthy, resilient, and high-performance communities around the world, houses ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, the Urban Resilience program, and the Greenprint Center for Building Performance.

In supporting ULI’s sustainability center, Lewis, executive vice president and principal of the Lewis Management Corp., says he sees an opportunity to impact three crucial issues in a holistic way: building resilience against effects of climate change, creating healthier places for people to live and work, and reducing carbon emissions.

“Synergy between the three parts of the center is important to me,” explained Lewis. “Public health and climate action are very closely related, and many of the solutions will be linked as well. This gift is a way for me to make a personal impact upon one of the world’s most pressing problems and transform millions of lives, and I urge other real estate executives to consider supporting ULI’s far-reaching work.”

“This gift will transform the center by providing near term resources to accelerate our work on climate adaptation and mitigation while we continue our comprehensive work to build healthy communities,” said Ed Walter, ULI Global CEO.

Lewis is a longtime ULI member as well as a governor of the ULI Foundation. He also supports the ULI/Randall Lewis Health Mentorship Program. His past gifts to ULI include a $1 million donation in support of the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative, which focuses on shaping projects and places to improve the health of people and communities.