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    Robinson moderates green building roundtable at ULI Houston's Urban Marketplace 2009

    HOUSTON, Texas--August 25, 2009--Today, the Urban Land Institute's Houston Chapter hosted in largest yearly event - the Urban Marketplace - with 400+ attendees at the Hilton Americas downtown. This year's theme was "Upward Mobility." The day featured a keynote speech by the former mayor of Pittsburgh, two panels as well as several roundtables. Together, these presentations echoed national conversations & confirmed the industry's focus:

    • the scope of urban development has expanded from the project and site level to the district level
    • distressed real estate's severity today & over the next five years, &
    • green building - when done early, from the top-down, with an experienced team - continues to make more economic sense than conventional construction.

    Momentum Bay's founder Mark Alan Robinson was invited to moderate one of the roundtables on the topic of green building. Table participants asked questions about:

    • the costs & benefits of green buildings
    • how to compete today & in the future when LEED Gold or Platinum or even Living Buildings may be the goal since LEED Certified & Silver seems may soon become the de facto minimum market & regulatory expectation
    • how teams can refocus on benefits rather than merely building features & attributes.

    More information about the event, including videos of the presentations, can be viewed at

    About The Urban Land Institute & ULI Houston

    The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. ULI is composed of over 30,000 members worldwide. Members represent every segment of the real estate development community, including property owners, investors, advisers, developers, architects, lawyers, lenders, planners, regulators, contractors, engineers, university professors, librarians, students & interns.

    ULI-Houston is the nation's leading ULI chapter, having received the 2006 Chapter of the Year award. ULI Houston is a District Council of the Urban Land Institute. District Councils are ULI at the local level, facilitating the exchange of ideas & the transmission of ULI best practices. ULI Houston has over 800 members, who come together at monthly luncheons and at other events to share experiences & learn from each other.

    About Momentum Bay

    Momentum Bayis a comprehensive “green” management consulting firm headquartered in Houston since 2002. Momentum Bay equips leaders with sustainable strategy grounded in science, research & solid business principles, followed by creative, disciplined implementation (i.e., training and marketing). For example, in 2008, Momentum Bay's founder Robinson acted as the first Sustainability Manager at Hines, the largest owner, developer & manager of green office buildings in the United States.

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