Arup leader Brian Swett appointed as Board Chair of the ULI Randall Lewis Center

Ozgur Gungor Ozgur Gungor Americas Press Office,New York
7 March 2023

Arup congratulates Brian Swett, Americas East Leader and Principal, for his appointment as Chair of the Board of the Urban Land Institute's Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate. Dedicated to creating healthy, resilient, and high performing communities around the world, the Center provides leadership and support to real estate and land use professionals to invest in energy efficient, healthy, and sustainable buildings and neighborhoods.

I'm proud of ULI's progress over the last decade in centering sustainability in its mission and its more recent commitment to driving the built environment towards net zero carbon by mid-century. ULI is leading the charge on bringing the real estate community to the table to help solve the climate crisis and I’m honored to be Chair during this crucial period for our organization and the world. The decisions we make now can help us achieve the rapid progress that is required in our industry to bend the curve on climate change and deliver a more sustainable and just planet. ” Brian  Swett Brian Swett Principal, Americas East Leader

Swett is a nationally recognized leader in climate change and sustainability, with more than 20 years of experience working with municipal governments, private sector organizations, federal governments, and nonprofits. His expertise includes sustainability strategy, energy and climate policy, green buildings, and performance management. He has played an integral role in numerous joint projects between Arup and the Urban Land Institute, including the Global Climate Policy Scan, which is now available to all ULI members; the ULI Net Zero Imperative, a multi-year initiative to accelerate decarbonization across the built environment; the recent launch of Risk Factor Pro, a tool developed by First Street Foundation that utilizes Arup’s data-driven risk models; and Arup’s founding sponsorship of the ULI’s annual Resilience Summit.

The ULI Lewis Center for Sustainability leads the real estate industry in creating buildings and places where people and the environment thrive. My co-executive director Marta Schantz and I are thrilled that Brian is the new Chair of the Center’s Board of Directors, and grateful to him for his leadership. The world faces urgent climate, health, and social equity challenges, and we’ll be relying on Brian’s judgement about the topics and opportunities that should be priorities for the Center and his knowledge of how ULI can best leverage its membership for the greatest impact. ” Rachel MacCleery Senior Vice President, ULI Lewis Center for Sustainability

In addition to his role at the Randall Lewis Center, Swett currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Energy and Climate Leadership Council and is a member of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. He is also a Board Member of the Environmental Protection Network. Prior to joining Arup, Swett served as the Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston under Mayor Tom Menino and Mayor Marty Walsh.