Finance and Real Estate

Translation Paper
16 Pages
2011
This paper, written by Ruth Goldman, addresses the impact of poor development decisions and storm water run-off on the nation’s water supplies and water quality and offers suggestions for more sustainable water management approaches.
Examples From The Field|Special Report
39 Pages
2007
Mark Valentine and Desiree Vargas of Arabella Philanthropic Advisors explore the current demand for green buildings; roles that public and private sectors have played in catalyzing that demand; mounting pressure for city officials, architects, and engineers to respond to the threats posed by climate change; the current state of green building practices; and the roles that philanthropy can play.
Special Report
16 Pages
2006
William Fulton and Ryan Aubry of Solimar Research Group show how social mobility and economic opportunity are often tied to housing, as are regional transportation and environmental problems. They explore challenges that make it difficult to address housing issues at the regional level, as well as some public policy opportunities to better connect housing with regional growth and development.
Examples From The Field
12 Pages
2004
Mark Muro and Robert Puentes from the Brookings Institution make the case that during times of tight budgets, more efficient and beneficial growth strategies make more sense than ever. Compact development patterns and investing in projects to improve urban cores would save taxpayers' money and improve regions' overall economic performance.

 

Examples From The Field|Special Report
75 Pages
2009
Consultant Noreen Beatley explains why enactment of green building and energy policies now is essential to community sustainability. She describes a series of green building policies currently employed across the country, providing an overview of where some green policies have been enacted and the steps jurisdictions have taken to enact them.
Special Report
19 Pages
2006
Arthur C. Nelson of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech explains overarching national and local market forces and demographic trends, explores emerging consumer preferences, and suggests a future research agenda to increase understanding of housing trends and human impacts.
Special Report
36 Pages
2005
Robert E. Lang, Jennifer LeFurgy, and Steven Hornburg of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech sketch out two different "fixes" for the problem of financing smart growth development. The paper also addresses the history of both finance and the built environment in the U.S. Finally, the authors offer several case studies from the Washington, D.C., region that help illustrate smart growth finance strategies.
Examples From The Field|Special Report
116 Pages
2004
Consultant Julia Parzen presents 19 stories from foundations that demonstrate the strategic use of varying types of investments a foundation can make toward supporting more thoughtful real estate investment in a region as well as how a foundation might approach such investment.