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New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY, United States April 9-11, 2024

Special Program

Tue Apr 09 8:00 AM — 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Mercury Ballroom

Tenant Alignment Roundtable: Fitting Out Spaces for Net Zero

Tenant spaces can account for well over 50 percent of total energy consumption in commercial buildings, and with over 1.5M sf of leased space within city limits New York is a prime location to discuss opportunities to better align owner and tenant goals and action to reduce carbon emissions, and to prioritize fit outs that can save energy in ways that retain existing tenants and attract new ones.
Building on the success of previous programming, this event will provide an opportunity for building owners/developers and tenants/end-users to share and exchange ideas on net zero strategies and progress. This event will feature findings from the latest in the “Owner/Tenant Engagement Best Practices for Sustainability” series of reports focused on Tenant Fit-Outs and will focus on lifting up action-oriented and practical insights.
This event is open to all Spring Meeting registrants, but advanced registration is required and space is limited. Please add this event to your meeting registration in order to attend. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].
Tue Apr 09 8:30 AM — 12:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse B

UrbanPlan Workshop Instructor Training

An opportunity for active UrbanPlan volunteers to get trained to lead workshops across the network.
Tue Apr 09 10:00 AM — 10:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Unlocking Billions in Federal Funding for Your Projects: Generational Investments in Sustainable Development

Current and upcoming federal infrastructure funding opportunities—including through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act—have the potential to spur resilient, sustainable, and equitable outcomes for cities. Investments in decarbonization by developers can have financial returns in the form of lower operating costs, increased property values, and attracting and retaining tenants. In addition, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating communities that are less reliant on cars can support developer and tenant environmental, social, and governance goals. Learn how and when to leverage these generational funding opportunities to support your projects. Learn more by accessing ULI's curated resources on federal funding at
Tue Apr 09 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse A

Cornell University HBCU Case Competition and Lunch

Cornell University HBCU Real Estate Case Competition hosted by The Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) in partnership with ULI's DEI department.
Tue Apr 09 10:30 AM — 10:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Making Multigenerational Communities Happen

Nearly one in five U.S. households was multigenerational in 2021—and demand for housing and communities that facilitate multigenerational living is growing. ULI explores these trends in a new publication, Making Multigenerational Communities Happen. In this session, hear what developers, designers, public sector leaders, investors, and others need to know about what it will take to build homes, neighborhoods, and cities that work for people of all ages, and families of all types.
Mission Priority
Tue Apr 09 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Murray Hill Suite

Homeless to Housed Symposium

Join us for the ULI Homeless to Housed Symposium for a conversation with Gregg Colburn, author of “Homelessness is a Housing Problem,” and ULI leaders from various sectors as together we discuss the role of the private sector in advancing solutions to the growing economic and humanitarian crisis of homelessness.
Tue Apr 09 11:00 AM — 11:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

UrbanPlan: Diversifying the Real Estate Industry through Education

In this session, hear about how UrbanPlan creates a pathway to the real estate industry for young people through its curriculum and ULI member volunteers.
Tue Apr 09 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 4, Hudson Suite

WLI Prologis Fellows Welcome Reception

Welcome reception for the WLI Prologis Fellows and Mentors.
Tue Apr 09 11:30 AM — 11:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Advisory Services Program Lightning Round: Get a Glimpse of Advisory Services

Participate in a real-time mini advisory services panel and have instant impact for a local New York sponsor. The session begins with a brief presentation by the sponsor, followed by one question pertaining to their land use challenge. With facilitation by ULI Advisory Services staff, briefly deliberate and offer a set of recommendations in response to the question. The session concludes with a brief summary of the recommendations and sponsor feedback.
Tue Apr 09 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse C

District Council Sustainability Leaders Gathering

ULI District and National Councils are key drivers of ULI’s impactful programming and host dozens of events focused on sustainability, resilience, health, and social equity each year. The ULI Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate supports Council programming in a variety of ways – with compelling content and reports, speaker suggestions, financial support, cohort programs and more. Join the Lewis Center and other Council leaders to learn about opportunities to advance ULI’s mission and priorities with impactful programming at the local level. A simple lunch will be served. This program is open to all current and potential District and National Council leaders; advanced registration is requested. Please reach out to [email protected] to learn more.
Tue Apr 09 12:00 PM — 1:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse D

ULI Homeless to Housed Cohort Lunch

Members and staff of the Homeless to Housed (H2H) Local Technical Assistance Cohort 1 gather to share insights and collaborate on their respective projects.
Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse A

University Connections Networking Roundtables

Please join us for an opportunity for students rotate three times to meet with ULI member leaders for twenty minutes, from various markets, career levels, and professional roles. Attendees engage in small group discussions about career pathways and preparation.

Please view roundtable leaders HERE.

Register HERE.
Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Mercury Ballroom

YLG Connect and Impact

The YLG Connect session is a special event for young leaders (under 35) attending the conference to hear from local rising stars on the various projects they are working on and their impact on the local community. It is also a good opportunity for young leaders to share how ULI has improved their commercial real estate career path and to connect with fellow colleagues. After the panel, young leaders and other attendees will have the opportunities to discuss the challenges most affecting them and the CRE industry during facilitated roundtables.
Tue Apr 09 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time Salmon Tower Building, 20 West 43rd Street, NY 10036

University Connections: Exploring the Real Estate Forecast

Join us for an insightful event, "Exploring the Real Estate Forecast," where we delve into the latest semi-annual ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast. Completed at the end of October 2023, this forecast is the culmination of the perspectives of 39 leading real estate economists and analysts. These experts share their three-year forecasts on 27 economic and real estate indicators, and we present the median of their insightful predictions.

According to the survey results, real estate economists expect a slowdown in the U.S. economy and real estate markets in the coming year, aligning with their outlook from six months ago. Anticipated to experience a meaningful deceleration in 2024, the economy is projected to show signs of improvement in 2025. Likewise, real estate markets are expected to exhibit flat or negative results in 2024, with a subsequent partial recovery anticipated in 2025.

This event provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders who will share their perspectives on the forecast. Student attendees are also encouraged to contribute their insights, potentially featuring in a write-up showcased on the ULI website. As a token of appreciation, participants will receive acknowledgment for their valuable contributions. Don't miss this chance to gain valuable insights, engage with industry experts, and contribute to the ongoing discourse on the future of real estate.

*Registrations are extremely limited. You MUST register for this program. No on-site registrations will be provided because of security. 
• Students attending Spring Meeting can register HERE.
• If you are a student and NOT attending Spring Meeting, please email [email protected] to register.
• Faculty and staff can register by emailing [email protected] .
Wed Apr 10 8:00 AM — 10:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New 42 Studios, 229 W 42nd St, New York, NY

Art in Place Breakfast + Tour

Members of the ULI Art in Place global cohort and friends of creative placemaking will gather for an informal breakfast and meet with local leaders on connecting artists, creatives, and real estate decision-makers.
Wed Apr 10 8:00 AM — 12:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse G

ULI Learning Workshop

An in-person learning opportunity brought to you by ULI Learning.
Wed Apr 10 8:00 AM — 1:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

ULI Marketing and Communications (MarCom) Forum

Wed Apr 10 9:00 AM — 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Greenprint Members-Only Breakfast

ULI Greenprint real estate members are invited to join an off-site breakfast meetup to network and connect with fellow ESG leaders during the conference. Location to be shared in a separate invitation.
Wed Apr 10 10:00 AM — 11:30 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

ULI Gives Back – NYC Community Volunteer Event

Join us and Paramount Group to give back to the New York City community with service. Volunteering your time will help those with housing insecurity through the Bowery Mission, all while making new connections with other ULI members.
To register for this event, click here to register for the Spring Meeting, or to access your existing Spring registration and add “ULI Gives Back – NYC Community Volunteer Event”. This registration fee will go towards supplies for those experience homelessness. 
Wed Apr 10 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse D

Emerging Leaders Product Council Program Participant Meet & Greet

By application, the Emerging Leaders Product Council program offers an opportunity for ULI emerging leader members (under 35 years) who have sufficient professional experience and are active in the District Council Network to attend as a guest to a Product Council. The selected awardee participants are invited to attend a Meet & Greet in the Member Engagement Area (MEA) for coffee and refreshments to build relationships with others in the inaugural cohort and Product Council members.
Wed Apr 10 10:00 AM — 10:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

The Carbon Sweet Spot: Tradeoffs between Embodied Carbon and Operating Carbon

Designing buildings to operate on less energy and carbon is essential to net zero goals, but some design choices—particularly in facades—can increase a building's upfront embodied carbon. This session explores the design decisions and tradeoffs real estate professionals should know to create buildings that are low carbon from construction to end of life, based on research from ULI Greenprint, architecture firm KPF, and the University of Washington's Integrated Design Lab.
Wed Apr 10 10:30 AM — 10:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Using ChatGPT to Assist with Pro Forma Construction

Explore how ChatGPT can enhance the process of building real estate pro formas. Discover how to use artifical intelligence (AI) for learning about pro forma components, and how AI can provide quick insights, suggest Excel formulas, and guide the structuring of financial models. The session emphasizes the role of AI as a supplementary tool for effective and iterative prompt engineering, while underscoring the importance of human expertise in final decision-making.
Wed Apr 10 11:00 AM — 11:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Art in Place: Connecting Creatives and Real Estate

Research shows that integrating art into real estate has a significant positive return on investment. In addition to adding value to properties, art creates unique, memorable experiences for tenants, visitors, and communities. A global cohort of ULI National and district councils is working to better connect the arts and real estate to drive more inclusive and participatory real estate outcomes. In this session, leading voices share inspiring case studies, strategies, and insights for leveraging culture and creativity to advance social trust, community connection, and development success.
Wed Apr 10 11:30 AM — 11:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Bridging the Gap: Strategies for Equitable Housing Access in Space-Constrained Cities

In NYC, vacant land is hard to come by. A growing population compounded by international migration has put New York at an inflection point: create more housing or exacerbate the homelessness crisis. Researchers at The Parsons School of Design are discovering the potential of locating modular micro-apartments, integrated with supportive services, on sites encumbered by years of predesign and entitlement processes. Based on preconstruction land leases, this model aims to bridge a critical gap in the "Continuum of Care" while optimizing development costs and unleashing the potential underutilized land for interim community benefit. Presented by ULI's Homeless to Housed Initiative.
Wed Apr 10 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Americas Hall I

DEI & WLI Leadership Exchange

Learn from some of the top district councils, as DEI and WLI leaders share their unique projects and programs from the past year. Members will present both their successes and lessons learned. This session provides a space to share ideas, skills, and strategies to shape future programming and create meaningful connections and community within ULI.
Wed Apr 10 2:30 PM — 4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 3, Mercury Ballroom

NEXT Connect Roundtables

Save the date! The NEXT Connect Roundtables at the 2024 ULI Spring Meeting in New York will offer curated content in entrepreneurship, innovation, transformation, and connectivity through exclusive discussions with expert facilitators. This event is aimed to provide a platform for all mid-career professionals attending the Spring Meeting to have open and candid conversations about the most trending topics in real estate today.
Thu Apr 11 10:30 AM — 10:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Navigating Real Estate Investments: Demystifying the Waterfall Structure

Join ULI Learning instructor Dr. Charles Tu as he provides an overview of the fundamental principles behind waterfall structures in real estate pro formas and introduces basic techniques for modeling waterfall using Excel.
Thu Apr 11 10:30 AM — 10:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

The Interplay between Transit-Oriented Development and the 15-Minute City

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is now a mature concept in city building, having been applied in many cities around the world for well over two decades. In this discussion, Helene Chartier, director of urban planning and design at C40, and Sander Mozo, planner at the city of Vancouver, reflect on the successes and shortcomings of the concept over the past decades. They discuss how the 15-minute city concept can help shape TOD for the better and share their experiences in developing new models for TOD with a greater emphasis on connections to existing neighborhoods and community building.
Thu Apr 11 11:00 AM — 11:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

2024 Home Attainability Index

ULI's Terwilliger Center for Housing partnered with RCLCO to create the 2024 Home Attainability Index. The Index is a data-rich resource for understanding the extent to which a housing market is providing a range of choices attainable to the regional workforce. In this session, Adam Ducker, CEO of RCLCO, demonstrates the main components of the tool and how to use it. Learn about the data included in the Index and how it can help local stakeholders understand what types of housing are needed, at what price points, and who exactly is priced out.
Thu Apr 11 11:00 AM — 11:20 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Building an Equitable Greenway System: Lessons from the NYC’s Greenways Coalition

The NYC Greenways Coalition is a collective of more than 45 greenway-aligned groups focused on advocating for planning and implementation of a 400-mile citywide greenway network. In December 2022, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), which created and convenes the coalition, engaged ULI to provide recommendations for embedding equity in the coalition's cross-sector partnership models to ensure more communities benefit from greenway investment and planning resources. Join this short session to hear about how BGI is establishing and building alignment around an equity-focused vision to advance greenway access throughout New York City's boroughs.
Thu Apr 11 11:30 AM — 11:50 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time

Pumping Up Sustainability: Embracing Heat Pumps in Commercial Real Estate

Twenty-eight percent of global carbon emissions originate from building operations, according to research by the World Green Building Council. Of that 28 percent, 15 percent come exclusively from heating and cooling buildings. These sizable emissions present an opportunity for investors, owners, and developers of new construction and retrofits to leverage energy efficient innovations such as heat pumps to meet consumer needs in a sustainable and cost-effective way. Heat pump technology is becoming an increasingly scalable solution toward fully electrifying commercial real estate. In addition to their environmental benefits, heat pumps offer enhanced occupant comfort and tenant energy bill savings. This session touches on heat pump technology and debunks common myths, such as heat pumps can only heat spaces (they can cool them, too!), heat pumps are not cost effective (they are comparable options to what is available on the market!), heat pumps are not viable in cold climates (they perform well in all climates!), and more.

Three days of inspiration, thought leadership, and connection

New York Hilton Midtown
New York, NY, United States

April 9-11, 2024

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