The Conference On Sustainable Real Estate will be held at the University of Memphis campus on March 24, 25, 26, 2011.
The theme of the first conference is "Memphis: Global Hub City." In the course of the conference attendees will learn about opportunities for Western Tennessee, and obligations that must be met to achieve those opportunities. The main question that will be addressed at the conference is, “How does Sustainable Real Estate practice benefit investors, developers, the economy, and provide jobs?”
For example, we now know that high carbon emissions can change local, national, and global geographic weather patterns. Energy prices are volatile. Both increase risk of investment and risk for sustaining life itself as we know it. Contrary to most thinking, automobiles are not the culprit responsible for the highest energy consumption and greatest carbon emissions. Instead, the single largest consumer of energy and producer of carbon emissions are buildings. Thus, sustainable real estate must include construction and architecture standards that directly and indirectly reduce carbon emissions and energy needs.
Therefore, Sustainable Real Estate must include more efficient patterns of land use and building construction. To this end, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards are becoming increasingly prevalent in the public and private sectors, covering building construction, architectural design, and land use. The COSRE will offer a track on LEED development targeted to both those who are presently hold LEED designations, and those who are new to LEED.
March 24, evening kickoff dinner cosponsored with the Economics Club of Memphis.
March 25, full day multiple track educational sessions on:
- Economic Base, Memphis The Global Hub City
- How Does LEED Payoff?
- Downtown Development Versus Suburban Development
- Walkable Streets
- Sustainable Commercial Real Estate Decisions
- Green Energy - Alternative Energy Sources
- Enabling Memphis To Achieve a World Class Quality Of Life
March 26, Tour of Sustainable Memphis. Join us for a tour of Memphis' standout developments that have achieved LEED certification. Participants will assemble at 8:30 AM Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn. Transportation will be provided by coach before walking tours will give hands on experience with what makes for a LEED development. Examples will include both new and adapt-and-reuse structures. The tour will end back at the Holiday Inn.
For more information, please contact Dr. Grant Thrall.