ULI Los Angeles, in partnership with VerdeXchange, announces FutureBuild 2017. This event features the leading change makers of the built environment, transforming the realms of sustainability, resiliency and creative disruption. It takes place January 31, 2017, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, at L.A. Downtown Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The FutureBuild sessions at VerdeXchange include a focus on overwhelming investment in the built environment, amounting to at least $135 billion in Los Angeles economic activity in the coming decades. This investment will result from: 2014 Olympic plans, new transportation, sports and entertainment venues, parks and museums, urban resiliency, climate adaptation and other transformative projects.

“Los Angeles is on the precipice of significant transformation, particularly in the area of infrastructure development,” said Kelli Bernard, AECOM Chief Executive for the LA Metro region. “Measure M, Measure CC, LAX modernization and development of the new Inglewood/Hollywood Park alone represent more than $135B in infrastructure investment to expand public transportation, help our city respond to natural disasters, reimagine LAX as the welcoming gateway to our city, and position LA to once again host the world during the 2024 Olympic Games.”

“The vast investment in Los Angeles demonstrates how cities such as ours are managing their own futures,” said ULI Los Angeles Executive Director Gail Goldberg. “The 2024 Olympics planning, for example, arrives with massive housing and transportation growth, whether or not Los Angeles ultimately hosts the games. It is especially thrilling this year to join with VerdeXchange, the world-leading conference on sustainable technologies, to gather so many influential private- and public-sector leaders.”

Among the topics of The FutureBuild sessions at VerdeXchange:

  • The Transformative Prospects of L.A. 2024 Olympics
  • LA 84 Foundation CEO Renata Simril
  • City of Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr.
  • AECOM Executive Vice President, Global Sports, Bill Hanway
  • Los Angeles Metro CEO Phil Washington
  • LA2014 Executive Director of Sustainability and Legacy Brence Culp

Climate Change: Investment Risks and Rewards

  • City of Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole (moderator)
  • Lennar Investments and Distributed Technologies Executive Robin Beavers
  • Caruso Affiliated founder Rick Caruso (invited)

Innovation & Energy in the Built Environment & Future Communities                                

  • Gray Real Estate Advisors Principal Ann Gray (moderator)
  • Brookfield Residential COO Adrian Foley
  • Lennar Investments and Distributed Technologies Executive Robin Beavers
  • Arup Sustainability Leader Russell Fortmeyer
  • U.S. General Services Administration, Chief Sustainability Officer Kevin Kampschroer

Technology-Driven Cities

  • Westly Group Founder and former California CFO Steve Westly
  • Griego Enterprises CEO Linda Griego

Additional panels include:

New Infrastructure for Resilient Cities

  • City of Los Angeles Chief Resilience Officer Marissa Aho
  • AECOM Global Director of Resilience Josh Sawislak

Healthy Places, Healthy People, Healthy Profits

  • CBRE Greater Los Angeles and Orange County Region President Lewis Horne (moderator)
  • Ratkovich Company CEO Wayne Ratkovich
  • NaturVention CEO Niko J√§rvinen
  • Kaiser Permanente VP Employee Safety, Health and Wellness Kathy Gerwig

Road to Disruption: Robo-Cars and City Planning

  • LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds (moderator)
  • Uber Southern California Public Affairs Director Sarah Potts Ashton
  • Arup Principal, Infrastructure Leader John Eddy
  • Los Angeles Planning Director Vince Bertoni

Beyond the Energy Code: Maximizing Building Efficiency

  • City of Santa Monica Councilmember Terry O’Day (moderator)
  • L.A. Department of Building & Safety Executive Officer Osama Younan
  • Rackham Vice President Jacques-Alexandre Fortin
  • USGBC Director of Building Resilience Heather Rosenberg

Tomorrow’s Energy Meter: Monitoring and Management

  • Promise Energy VP Strategic Development Andy Mannle (moderator)
  • Chai Energy CEO Evan Birenbaum
  • LADWP Director of Energy Efficiency David Jacot
  • California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister
  • Kilroy Realty Senior VP Sustainability Sara Neff


Quay Valley: California’s First High-Tech New Town

California State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (moderator)

Quay Valley CEO Quay Hays

Black & Veatch Smart Cities Business Development Manager Steph Stoppenhagen

Psomas former Chairman/President Jacob Lipa

Tuesday, January 31, 2016, 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 27. Registration includes lunch and admission to the full-day VerdeXchange plenary sessions on Jan. 31.


  • PRIVATE: $150 (Nonmember $200)
  • GOV/NONPROFIT: $125 (Nonmember $170)
  • Under Age 35: $125 (Nonmember $170)
  •  Student: $100 (Nonmember $135)

Registration and information is available at http://la.uli.org/event/futurebuild-2017/.

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.

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