ULI Austin November Breakfast - Developers and Climate Equity Plan


2022-11-16T07:30:00 - 2022-11-16T09:00:00

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    Austin Central Library 710 W Cesar Chavez ST Austin, TX 78701-3821 UNITED STATES
    IN-PERSON    Austin Central Library, 701 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701
    VIRTUAL        ZOOM 
    This event is open to EVERYONE, members and non-members.
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    ULI Member $55.00
    ULI Discounted Member* $45.00
    Non-Member $75.00
    Student $20.00
    ULI Member $15.00
    Non-Member $30.00
    Student FREE

     * Discount for ULI Members who represent Academic, Nonprofit, Government, or Young Leaders (under the age of 35).

    In September 2021, the City of Austin adopted the Austin Climate Equity Plan which seeks to drive Net Zero goals and significantly reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. The Climate Equity Plan outlines Net Zero goals in five (5) focus areas: Sustainable Buildings, Transportation and Land Use, Transportation Electrification, Food and Product Consumption, and Natural Systems. Using this plan as a roadmap, the City of Austin and Austin Energy sought guidance from ULI’s network of local and national experts via the Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to identify high quality solutions for the built environment that can advance the goals of the Climate Equity Plan. Specifically, what can the City of Austin do to incentivize developers to implement Net Zero initiatives to reduce energy demand and incorporate on-site renewable energy in retrofits of existing commercial and multifamily properties? Recommendations include incentive packages, engagement and education, culture/habit adjustments and a simplified/streamlined implementation processes. Join us for our November breakfast to learn more about ULI’s findings from the Net Zero TAP and hear City of Austin and Austin Energy responses to the report’s recommendations. 

    Zach Baumer, Climate Program Manager, City of Austin, Department of Sustainability 
    Tyler Buckler, Principal & Director of Development & Investments, Cielo Property Group
    Bugane Mehlomakulu, Head of Building Science and Building Performance, ICON
    Kurt Stogdill, Interim Director, Energy Efficiency Services, Austin Energy
    Ashley Besic, Senior Associate, Building Decarbonization Coalition

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    IN-PERSON REGISTRATION - Limited In-Person registration is available. Included breakfast during the program.
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    Zach Baumer

    Climate Program Manager, City of Austin

    Zach Baumer leads the City of Austin’s Climate Program, providing strategic direction to meet our city’s goal of net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Under Zach’s guidance, the Climate Program is responsible for: Tracking greenhouse gas inventories at the City department level and community-wide. Collaborating with City leaders to improve sustainability performance and reduce departmental carbon footprints. Monitoring advances in technology and changes in cost structures to continuously refine emissions reduction strategies. Coordinating with City staff to identify vulnerabilities and prepare for the impacts of climate change. In each of these efforts, Zach strives to continue Austin’s leadership efforts in addressing climate change. Before joining the City of Austin in 2011, Zach served as a Sustainability and Environmental Consultant. In that capacity, he collaborated with major private corporations and public entities to create and manage overall sustainability strategies that included calculating greenhouse gas inventories, developing tracking and monitoring protocols, and creating emissions reduction plans. In this capacity, he prepared a Corporate Sustainability Report for CPS Energy, provided a Sustainability Plan and staff training program for Tennessee Valley Authority, performed an evaluation of a carbon offset project for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and completed a Climate Action Plan Cost-Benefit Analysis for the City of Palo Alto. Zach is a LEED Accredited Professional with an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. Zach is a native of Indianapolis and holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.


    Bungane Mehlomakulu

    Head of Building Science and Building Performance, ICON

    An expert in sustainable building design with nearly 20 years of experience in the built environment developing low energy, high performance solutions for buildings focused on the health and wellbeing of the people who use them. His career focuses on developing design solutions incorporating building needs, architectural intent, and building science and performance. He is actively engaged in the local and national discussions to create a more sustainable built environment.


    Kurt Stogdill

    Interim Director, Austin Energy

    Kurt has over 20 years of utility industry leadership in the areas of sustainability, grid integrated buildings, distributed energy resource integration and optimization, transportation electrification, electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment, decarbonization, utility strategy and the energy transition. He is currently leading the nation’s first green building program through a period of explosive construction growth and corresponding program growth in the City of Austin. Under his direction the program has expanded its scope to include grid interactive buildings, decarbonization of embodied carbon, equity and virtual outreach.


    Ashley Besic

    Senior Associate, Building Decarbonization Coalition

    Ashley Besic is a Senior Manager for the Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit education and research institute that focuses on issues of land use, real estate, and urban development. Greenprint, part of ULI’s research centers & initiatives, is focused on climate mitigation and net zero, making the business case for green buildings by tying reducing carbon to increases in asset value. At Greenprint, Ashley manages implementation of the ULI Net Zero Imperative, a multi-year initiative to accelerate decarbonization in the built environment with public sector and private real estate leaders at the local level. Prior to her time at ULI, Ashley was a Sustainability Project Manager at LivCor, a Blackstone Portfolio Company where she was instrumental in laying the foundation for the multifamily firm’s Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) department and driving their sustainability programming forward. Ashley is a passionate real estate professional interested in the intersection between the built environment and self-efficacy. She aspires to use her academic knowledge and research experiences to restore deteriorating neighborhoods to rejuvenate the built environment and promote healthy lifestyles for its residents, specifically youth. Ashley holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University, and a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a Fitwel Ambassador.


    Tyler Buckler

    Vice President, Cielo Property Group

    Tyler Buckler (Director of Development & Investments / Principal) Tyler is responsible for the execution and success of Cielo’s development pipeline, from initial inception and business plan through design, construction, and lease-up. Tyler gets things done, embracing the unknown and tackling myriad challenges to cultivate Cielo’s unique project vision and create exceptional results on asset value. He’s never intimidated by new challenges, preferring to take a hands-on approach to the entitlement process, design direction, marketing/leasing strategy, and document negotiation. Tyler has spent his entire career in real estate, starting in project leasing and brokerage before gaining multi-faceted experience in office, retail, multi-family, and hotel projects. Tyler collaborates with Cielo’s development partners to ensure everyone achieves success and has led the development teams on some of our most successful projects including Third + Shoal, Foundry I, Foundry II, and 220 S Congress. After growing up in small-town Texas, Tyler moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin where he received a BBA in Finance. He is an active member of the Associate Council for McCombs Real Estate Center and the Urban Land Institute, and he sits on the board of the Downtown Austin Alliance.