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ULI/SA LUNCH & LEARN – Green Infrastructure: Opportunities for Real Estate

December 5
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place
San Antonio, TX 78209 United States
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The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage stormwater runoff with systems using natural resources is explored in a new Urban Land Institute (ULI) publication, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate. The report looks at how water management mechanisms using green infrastructure can create value for real estate projects by improving operational efficiency as well as serving as an attractive amenity. Green infrastructure includes pipes-and-pumps alternatives such as rain gardens, bioswales and green roofs, which are often accompanied by water storage and recycling tools such as cisterns. These types of sustainable stormwater management practices can provide health benefits for building users, as well as benefits for the environment in general.

Come hear more about the report findings and from local developers who have successfully implemented green infrastructure to differentiate their real estate development projects: the why, the benefits, the cost, the lessons learned. Then finally hear about potential opportunities for leveraging green infrastructure investments in public/private partnerships.

11:00am – Registration / Lunch
11:30am – Harvesting the Value of Water Report / Katharine Burgess & Michael Bloom
11:50am – Local Developer Presentation & Panel Discussion / Hailey Ghalib, Blake Yantis, Charlie Turner
12:50pm – SARA Update on Incentive Opportunities / Suzanne Scott
1:00pm – Optional Tour of SA Botanical Gardens Expansion & Green Infrastructure features / Christine Ten Eyck


Katharine Burgess, AICP – Senior Director – Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute

Katharine is the primary author of the Harvesting the Value of Water report. Through ULI’s Urban Resilience Program, Katharine aims to help ULI members and the public make their communities more resilient in the face of climate change. Through research, conferences and events, technical assistance projects, and its work with ULI’s District Council network, the Urban Resilience Program focuses on opportunities relevant to the built environment, real estate markets, and the land use policy sector. Many of the Urban Resilience Program’s projects have focused on the management of water in urban settings during peak and routine events, including methods for capturing water through green infrastructure.

Michael Bloom, P.E., ENV. SP –
Environmental Engineer & Sustainability ConsultantRG Miller Engineering

Michael Bloom utilizes his 24 years of planning, design, and permitting experience to meet the sustainability and compliance objectives of clients, especially relating to the Clean Water Act and storm water management. He designs natural drainage systems that reduce detention requirements, increase developable land, and provide amenity values. He performs compliance audits, runs sampling and monitoring programs, prepares permit applications, and supports clients during permit negotiations and enforcement proceedings.


PANELISTS: (Local developers will discuss their experience with Green Infrastructure) 

Hailey Ghalib – Executive Managing Director, USAA Real Estate

As Executive Managing Director for USAA Real Estate, Hailey provides leadership for the company’s multifamily business unit and oversees its multifamily development program nationally. Additionally, Hailey’s responsibilities include multifamily investment strategy, identifying multifamily and senior housing investment opportunities, and overseeing transaction and development program execution. Hailey will discuss resilience features recently incorporated at The Residences at La Cantera.



Blake Yantis, President, Mosaic Land Development

Blake is responsible for the day to day operations and strategic planning of the company. In addition to securing, developing, and constructing its own properties, Mosaic provides full service land development to assist homebuilders and land owners in the development of their properties. Mosaic’s success stems from utilizing strategic partnerships with engineers, land planners and market researchers to provide an innovative approach tailored to clients. In addition, Mosaic works collaboratively with each client to identify and develop unique cost-effective solutions that meet both present and future needs for a particular project or site.


Charlie Turner, CEO, Terramark Urban Homes

Charlie Turner with Terramark Urban Homes has extensive experience in design and development of townhomes, patio homes, single family homes and affordable housing. Focusing primarily on urban infill development, Terramark creates homes which are unique, efficient, beautiful and provide value to the buyer. Terramark Urban Homes strives to create communities that are striking, yet blend seamlessly into their respective urban environments.


Suzanne Scott, General Manager, San Antonio River Authority

Suzanne Scott is the General Manager of the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), the first non-engineer to head the agency and the first female to head a Texas water authority. As the chief executive officer of SARA, she is responsible to an elected Board of Directors, directs SARA’s programs and projects and manages the agency’s annual budget.  Scott oversees and works with a talented staff including engineers, scientists, environmental managers, field crews and a host of other professionals to extend SARA’s environmental leadership, stewardship and expertise and to broaden appreciation for the San Antonio River and its ecosystem.


Christine Ten Eyck, PLA, FASLA, President, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

Ten Eyck Landscape Architects of Austin recently oversaw the $16 million transformation of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens entrance & classroom area along Funston. The expansion divides the space among an environmentally sensitive parking area and an entrance under a canopy of live oaks, a culinary garden with an outdoor demonstration kitchen and a family garden where caregivers and children can explore nature together. Ten Eyck will lead a tour of the garden’s expansion and green infrastructure features with attendees after the program.




Pricing: Members Non Members
Private $25 $50
Public/Nonprofit $20 $40
Under 35 $20 $40
Student $20 $40

*Every registered attendee will get a copy of the ULI report Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure & Real Estate.


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