ULI Los Angeles Partners with VerdeXchange to Offer Resilient, Livable and Sustainable Urban Solutions for the 21st Century

Among the interactive panels: L.A. vast infrastructure investment. Transit hubs face the future. Cities that survive climate catastrophes. Tech’s impact on real estate. The robo-cars are coming. Amazon & beyond: Delivery systems of tomorrow. The revolution in building materials and more.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan 19, 2018) – ULI Los Angeles, in partnership with VerdeXchange, announces FutureBuild 2018.  The leading minds of urban transformation will offer resilient, livable and sustainable solutions for the 21st Century on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, at L.A. Downtown Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

The annual, interactive event spotlights environmental, technology and development innovations for cities to thrive, despite the Federal government’s attempts to undo efforts to reduce climate change and mitigate its effects. Bringing many disciplines together, the event will answer one overriding question: How do you adapt in order to thrive?

“Despite the rolling back of America’s climate change commitments on the federal level, California’s thought leaders are taking control of our own destiny,” said Sara Neff, Senior VP of Sustainability for Kilroy Realty Corporation and Co-Chair of ULI Los Angeles’ FutureBuild 2018. “The FutureBuild Sessions at VerdeXchange will set the conversation on sustainable design and technologies allowing our cities to compete and succeed. The world looks toward the many California-based innovators in building, design, development and technology presented at FutureBuild.”

Speakers include:

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson
VerdeXchange Chair David Abel
AECOM Los Angeles Metro Area Chief Executive Kelli Bernard
California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman
Westly Group Founder Steve Westly

Among the topics:

L.A. Infrastructure Investments to Welcome the World for the 2028 Olympics
LA 84 Foundation CEO Renata Simril (moderator)
Los Angeles Executive Director of the Department of Convention and Tourism Development Doane Liu
AECOM Executive Vice President, Global Sports, Bill Hanway
Los Angeles Metro CEO Phil Washington
LA World Airports Innovation and Technology Officer Justin Erbacci

Transit Hubs Face the Future: Tokyo Station, S.F.’s Transbay, L.A.’s Union Station
Developer Dan Rosenfeld (moderator)
Los Angeles Metro CEO Phil Washington
Integral Group US West Sustainability & Resilient Design Leader Andrea Traber
Representing Japan Rail East, Consul for Economic Affairs, Consulate General of Japan Masahiko Takei

The Robo-Cars Are Coming
Arup Associate Principal & Cities Leader Katherine Perez-Estolano (moderator)
Los Angeles Planning Director Vince Bertoni
Former Director San Francisco Department of Environment Melanie Nutter
LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds
Uber Global Head of Policy for Autonomous Vehicles & Urban Aviation Justin Erlich

Tech’s Impact on Real Estate Campuses and Connected Buildings
Blueprint Power CEO Robin Beavers (moderator)
Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas Utility Business Development, Policy, Strategic Planning Candice Yu
Sherwood Engineering Director of Innovation Josiah Cain
Yardi Energy Vice President Matt Eggers

Resiliency Lessons for Cities
Los Angeles Chief Resilience Officer Marissa Aho (moderator)
Houston Water Public Works & Engineering Operations Manager Sidney Bomer
Mexico City Chief Resiliency Officer Dr. Arnoldo Matus Kramer
Arup Sustainability Leader Russell Fortmeyer

Amazon & Beyond: Advancing Urban Deliveries
Kosmont Companies President & CEO Larry Kosmont (moderator)
Nixon Peabody Partner Justin X. Thompson
Westport Fuel Systems VP & Board Chair, CALSTART Karen Hamberg
JLL International Director Carl Muhlstein

New Building Materials for Sustainable Cities
Levin & Associates Principal Brenda Levin, FAIA (moderator)
Morrison Hershfield Sustainability Disruptor Eric Corey Freed
Santa Monica Public Works Director Susan Cline
Kilroy Realty Corporation Senior VP, Sustainability, Sara Neff

FutureBuild 2018 is presented in partnership with the 11th annual VerdeXchange January 28-30. The VerdeXchange conference offers leaders in the water, mobility, cleantech, finance, and built environment sectors, where they share innovations, form partnerships, and capitalize on opportunities in the multi-trillion-dollar clean energy/green economy.

The FutureBuild Sessions at VerdeXchange are Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, at L.A. Hotel Downtown, 333 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Prices increase $10 after the registration deadline of January 26. Registration includes lunch and admission to the full-day VerdeXchange plenary sessions on Jan. 30.

FutureBuild 2018 Registration:
• Private $175 (Nonmember $235)
• Public/Nonprofit: $150 (Nonmember $200)
• Student: $125 (Nonmember $170)
• Under Age 35: $150 (Nonmember $200)
• Retired: $150 (Nonmember $200)

Registration and information is available at https://la.uli.org/events/futurebuild-2018/

About ULI Los Angeles
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 development disciplines. ULI Los Angeles has an active membership drawn from the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, and is composed of groups and individuals united in their pursuit of improving land-use policies.