ULI Los Angeles, in partnership with VerdeXchange, announces FutureBuild 2019.  The leading minds of urban transformation will offer resilient, livable and sustainable solutions for the 21st Century on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, at L.A. Downtown Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti keynotes this interactive event which spotlights breakthroughs in the transformation of the built environment. The annual collaboration between ULI Los Angeles and VerdeXchange, produced by Chair David Abel, is one of the most influential, interactive events in Los Angeles, drawing leading experts from around the world.

“We are excited to unveil the most advanced thinking in energy, sustainability, technology and truly game-changing practices,” said Sara Neff, Senior VP of Sustainability for Kilroy Realty Corporation and Co-Chair of ULI Los Angeles’ FutureBuild 2019. “The FutureBuild Sessions at VerdeXchange is an exciting partnership that brings the best international visionaries and disruptors in their fields. No one leaves this event without being inspired.”

Speakers include: Herb Wesson, President, Los Angeles City Council; Lindsay Baker, WeWork; Ryan Tinus, Tishman Speyer; Renata Simril, President and CEO, LA84 Foundation; Lew Horne, Divisional President, CBRE; Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer; Mayor Thomas Small,Culver City; Amanda Von Almen, SalesForce; Larry Kosmont, President & CEO, Kosmont Companies; Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation; Vince Bertoni, Director, Los Angeles Department of City Planning; Terry Tamminen, DiCaprio Fdn.; Joe Edmiston, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy;  Denise Braun, All About Waste; Anju Gupta, Santa Monica’s Deputy City Manager; Osama Younan, Executive Officer, LA City Department of Building & Safety. 

For the first time, The FutureBuild Sessions at VerdeXchange will also host tours of the newest sustainable developments emerging in Downtown Los Angeles, including the under-construction Lucas Museum, and a Green Roof Tour of DTLA buildings.

Schedule (subject to updates) includes:

Global Sports Venues: Driving Transportation Innovation

Moderator Renata Simril, President and CEO, LA84 Foundation
James T. Butts, Mayor of Inglewood
Martha Welborne, Senior Advisor, HR&A; Project Director, LA Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies (Dodger Stadium Gondola)
Haruo Soga, Executive Director, East Japan Railway Company

Opportunity Zones and Value Creation

Moderator Ian Ross, Co-Founder and CEO, OppSites
Con Howe, Los Angeles Fund Managing Director, CityView
Lew Horne, Divisional President, CBRE
Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer
Brad Cox, Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company
Jon Bonanno, Chief Experience Officer, California Clean Energy Fund

Zero Is The New Black: Solving Sustainability Challenges

Moderator Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty
Amanda Von Almen, Green Building Program Manager, Salesforce
Joel Cesare, Sustainable Projects Manager, City of Santa Monica
Denise Braun, Founder & Principal, All About Waste

Urban Distribution Centers: The New Railyards

Moderator Larry Kosmont, President & CEO, Kosmont Companies
Sandra Berg, Member, California Air Resources Board

One Water: Is Zero Discharge the Future for Recycled Wastewater Treatment?

Moderator Jack Baylis, President and CEO, The Baylis Group
Harlan Kelly, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Traci Minamide, Chief Operating Officer, City of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment
Robert Ferrante, Assistant Chief Engineer and Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Nathan Gardner-Andrews, Chief Advocacy Officer, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
Jon Liberzon, Vice President, Business Development, Tomorrow Water (BKT)

Solar & Green Roof Mandates

Moderator Eliot Abel, Director of Commercial Sales, Namasté Solar
Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Jason Rondou, Manager, Strategic Development & Programs, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Osama Younan, Executive Officer, City of Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety

Decarbonizing the Built Environment: Smart Building Case Studies

Moderator Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
Timothy O'Connor, Senior Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty
Russell Fortmeyer, Sustainability Leader, Arup

Complete Streets and Smart City Planning

Moderators Melani Smith, Senior Director, Transit Oriented Communities Organization, LA Metro; Gail Goldberg, former Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Los Angeles
Vince Bertoni, Director, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
James T. Butts, Mayor of Inglewood
Francie Stefan, Chief Mobility Officer and Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Santa Monica

The Blue Economy and the Ports

Moderator Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, Chief Scientist, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
Doane Liu, Executive Director, Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development
Michael Galvin, Director, Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate, Port of Los Angeles
Michael Kelly, Executive Director, The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs
Timothy McOsker, CEO, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Aerial Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles

Moderator Terry O'Day, Chief Strategy Officer and EVP, Innogy eMobility US
Francie Stefan, Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Santa Monica
Alejandro Zamorano, Clean Energy and Advanced Transport Specialist, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Dan Sperling, Board Member, California Air Resources Board
Janna Sidley, Little Hoover Commissioner; General Counsel, Port of Los Angeles

Real Estate Owners as ‘Prosumers’ of Clean Energy

Moderator Marta Schantz, Senior Vice President, Greenprint Center for Building Performance

Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty
Lindsay Baker, Head of Sustainability and Wellbeing, WeWork
Ryan Tinus, Director of Sustainability, Tishman Speyer
Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commissioner
David Hodgins, Executive Director, Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge

Lessons Learned & Not Learned from California's Natural Disasters

Moderator Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Joe Edmiston, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Paul Mason, Vice President, Policy and Incentives, Pacific Forest Trust
Geof Syphers, CEO, Sonoma Clean Power
Irma Muñoz, Board Member, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Energy Storage 2.0: Alternatives to Batteries

Moderator Steve Sullivan, Managing Director (retired), Southern California Edison
Martin Howell, Energy Group Leader, Arup
Mark Stout, Vice President, Business Development, Amber Kinetics

Rebuilding Right: California Confronts Climate Change

Terry Tamminen, CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Joe Edmiston, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

The Microtransit Frontier: Electric Scooters, Sidewalks and First/Last Mile

Moderator Jeff Joyner, Partner, Greenberg Traurig
Thomas Small, Mayor of Culver City
Tony Mazza, Director of Transportation, University of Southern California (USC)
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
Anuj Gupta, Deputy City Manager, City of Santa Monica

Blockchain & Cybersecurity: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator Jules Radcliff, Partner, Radcliff & Saiki LLP
Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer
Evan Birenbaum, Managing Partner, Valkyrie Security Group

Rethinking Recycling: Food, Organic Waste, and Technology

Moderator Paula Daniels, Co-Founder and Chair, Center for Good Food Purchasing

Clare Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
Mike Silva, CR&R Waste Services

Waste-to-Energy: MSW Conversion

Moderator Coby Skye, Assistant Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilmember, 2nd District
R. David McConnell, Vice President, Business Development, Enerkem

Corporate Renewable Energy

Moderator Julia Pyper, Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Noah Perch-Ahern, Co-Chair, Young Professionals in Energy; Partner, Environmental Department, Greenberg Glusker

Yair Crane, Co-Chair, Young Professionals in Energy; Principal, CTG Consulting
Audrey Vinant-Tang, Supplier Sustainability Manager, CBS Corporation
Garrett Sprague, Business Development Associate, Customer First Renewables

Special Tours

For the first time, FutureBuild/VerdeXchange will offer walking tours of emerging sustainable and transformational projects in DTLA. Please wear comfortable shoes. All three tours will start from the conference site, the L.A. Downtown Hotel. Buses will take tours to their destinations.

Tour# 1: High-Design Green Architecture for Luxury Living

Sustainability and imaginative architecture come together as we tour Holland Partner Group’s two newest luxury residential towers, The Grace and The Griffin, in Downtown LA’s Historic Core.. Led by MVE Architects, the tour will visit the development’s ample green spaces and luxury interiors, as well as showcase its high-strength structural steel and energy efficient glazing.

Tour#2: Exposition Park Revitalization: LA Coliseum Renovation and Lucas Museum

Attendees will tour the LA Coliseum and its major renovation. They will also receive a presentation on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that will highlight its sustainability and diversity procurement requirements.

TOUR #3: The Potential for Sustainable Futures: Three Green Roofs

Case studies in sustainable development by asset class: mixed-use, hotel, and office. 

"One Year In: A Reflection on Performance Design" Tammy Jow, Project Architect for the Wilshire Grand, and Toni Reed of Cushman and Wakefield will reveal how performance design yields performance operations..

"Greening Hotels" In the JW Marriott, Green Seal certified the largest silver-rated hotel in downtown LA. Gensler’s project team and contractor Webcor Builders controlled construction waste through the use of an innovative steel shear plate structural system that greatly reduced building materials versus a traditional concrete structure.

"Penciling your Sustainable Development" At Workplace Innovation, a once-barren space was filled with an intricate network of elements that would make it as walkable, sittable, and people-friendly. Incentifind Founder Natalie Goodman discusses incentivies for funding building greening. Frank Slaughter of Clean Fund will discuss how PACE funding is applicable to projected like at Core Trust. 


FutureBuild 2019 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 29, 2019, 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 25. Registration includes lunch and admission to the full-day VerdeXchange plenary sessions on Jan. 30.

FutureBuild 2019 Registration:

  • Private $195 (Nonmember $260)
  • Public/Nonprofit: $170 (Nonmember $230)
  • Student: $145 (Nonmember $195)
  • Under Age 35: $170 (Nonmember $230)

Registration and information is available at https://la.uli.org/events/futurebuild-2019