ULI Austin: February Breakfast – NetZero – What is it, Why does it matter, and How do we get there?


Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
8:00am - 9:00am CST

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    This panel discussion will be delivered virtually via webinar.
    • Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin
    • Andy Bush, Principal, Morgan Creek Ventures
    • Etienne Cadestin, Founder and Global CEO, Longevity
    • Jim Landau, Director of Environmental, Social & Governance., MetLife Real Estate Investment 
    MODERATOR: Bungane Mehlomakulu, Managing Principal - Austin, Integral Group



    Etienne Cadestin

    CEO & Founder, Longevity Partners Ltd

    Etienne founded Longevity Partners in 2015. Prior to that, Etienne worked at Knight Frank, JLL and the United Nations Environment Programme (the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agendas). Etienne has more than a decade of experience in sustainable property investment and strategy. He currently advises the largest property investment companies in Europe and is on the board of Orée, the leading French think tank on Biodiversity, circular economy and ESG reporting. Last year, Etienne won the EG Awards in the category ‘Future of Real Estate’. Before that, Etienne was picked to be an Estate Gazette’s 'Property Rising Star' and nominated for numerous awards as one of the most active young leaders in the sustainability and real estate industries. He regularly speaks at high-level events, giving his vision for smart cities, carbon neutral buildings, wellbeing in the work place and the future of the real estate industry. Etienne graduated from the London School of Economics. A keen sportsman, Etienne has run nine marathons and enjoys playing tennis, sailing, skiing, cycling and golf. He is married with a daughter and a son.


    Bungane Mehlomakulu

    Managing Principal, Integral Group

    Bungane is a design principal working at the boundary between architecture, engineering, and sustainability to deliver a balanced, efficient, and meaningful services to customers and clients. Partnering with clients, he helps identify high impact strategies that leverage sustainability to unlock value across all aspects of the buildings performance. My work focuses on accelerating the sustainable design business case throughout the industry through direct project involvement, organizational development and, community engagement. Bungane's passion for sustainable buildings encompasses the entire building design and operation where approach to design helps clients develop opportunities that lie outside the scope of traditional building systems services.


    Andy Bush

    Founder and Managing Partner, Morgan Creek Ventures

    Andrew W. Bush- #23668 Co-Founder Redstone Group March 3, 2001 EXPEREINCE: After selling his interest in Design Studio West, Andrew Bush founded Redstone Group with three other partners in 1995. Over the next five years Redstone grew to include three primary business arms with annual volume of over $6 million. It's primary business interests include planning resort and conservation projects, designing and building golf courses and investing in real estate. Over the past five years, Andy has been responsible for overseeing several dozen resort and new community planning and design projects, while growing firms business and technology infrastructure. This has included enhancing the firms GIS systems, expanding their 3-D modeling and animation capabilities for large sites, and developing the firm's web site and intranet. The firm has planned a variety of new communities and resorts in the west, the most recent of which, include: Catamount a Cordillera Community (4,000 acres) In Steamboat Springs, Colorado Talking Stick Resort (1,200 acres) In Scottsdale, Arizona Chaparral Pines Community (800 acres) In Payson, Arizona The Ridge at Castle Pines North (300 acres-golf only) Denver, Colorado Stroh Ranch (3,100 acres) Parker, Colorado Pine Canyon Community (740 acres) Flagstaff, Arizona Stone Canyon Resort (1,200 acres) In Tucson, Arizona In addition to his professional practice, Andy has been involved in a number of organizations and nonprofit activities. Over the years, he has been a frequent speaker and participant in forums sponsored by a range of organizations including, the Lincoln Institute on Land Policy, the National Home Builders Association, and the American Planning Association. He currently sits as a trustee for the Orton Family Foundation, an organization developing tools and educational processes to enhance collaborative land use decision making in rural and resort communities. Mr. Bush in also involved with a group of professionals in founding the Community Design Network, an organization focused on improving the built environment through quality design. EDUCATION: Mr. Bush was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the fields of landscape architecture and regional planning. His primary focus during his education included urban design and recreation resource management.


    Lucia Athens

    Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin

    Lucia Athens is the City of Austin’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Recognized internationally as an authority on sustainability, she is author of the Island Press book Building an Emerald City: A Guide to Creating Green Building Policies and Programs. Lucia began her career in public service at the City of Austin as a key member of the development team for Austin Energy’s Green Building program in the early 1990's. From there, she spent 10 years leading the City of Seattle's green building program; during her tenure, Seattle was widely recognized as a trailblazing leader in sustainability. She rejoined the City of Austin in 2010 and has successfully guided efforts to enhance Austin’s reputation as a leading green city. Lucia has served in an advisory capacity to the National Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council and Portland Sustainability Institute’s EcoDistricts. She also has collaborated on design projects with the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Rocky Mountain Institute, and U.S. Global Green. In 2014, Lucia represented the City of Austin at the C40 Mayors Climate Leadership Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, and facilitated the Sustainable Buildings Working Group at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. She was also a keynote speaker at The Economist’s Urban Infrastructure Summit in London. Lucia describes herself as a “spark plug for positive change” and a “practical idealist.” Fully embracing Austin’s vibrant and creative culture, she loves to meet with other change agents at local food trailers to discuss greening alleys, carbon neutrality, and the Rethink/ Austin mobile app.


    Jim Landau

    MetLife Investment Management

    Jim Landau, LEED AP, is the Director of Environment, Social & Governance for MetLife Investment Management’s (MIM) Real Estate Equity, Debt and Agricultural Finance Divisions. Jim chairs MIMs ESG Advisory Committee and is responsible for programs such as MetZero, achieving carbon neutrality in several investment funds. He also oversees initiatives including on-site renewable installations, energy and water efficiency in existing buildings and new developments, assessing the impact of climate change and resiliency for new equity and debt investments, reporting to EPA, DOE and GRESB and developing a Health & Wellness platform. Previously, Jim was the Director of Asset Management for MetLife Investment Management’s Washington D.C. Region. He has over 15 years of Asset Management experience with MIM and previously, with Bentall Kennedy. He has managed assets and portfolios in several markets across the U.S. Property experience includes several asset classes and extensive work with both existing properties and new development projects. Prior to Asset Management, Jim was an MAI appraiser and started his real estate career in property accounting with Cushman & Wakefield.