The Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE)

The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate's Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) was established in December 2009 with support from industry leaders and NYU's Office of Sustainability. SBE seeks to advance the practice of sustainability in the real estate and construction industries through applied research, education, and outreach. Working closely with private and public sector partners, the SBE focuses on the identification, analysis, and implementation of critical new technologies and policies that accelerate the adoption of sustainable real estate and construction practices.

Collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects, in the form of academic papers, industry reports, and case studies aim to influence policy decisions and to expand global knowledge of best practices in sustainable development. Current research projects investigate questions of optimal city size and density; land use regulations and their impact on the development of green buildings; locational determinants of green commercial buildings; and the Sustainable Index Ratio, a new tool for the measurement of sustainable real estate development.

SBE offers a range of professional development opportunities, including a mentorship program, internship opportunities, and intensive course work on sustainable real estate and urban policy. The Center’s Sustainability Speakers Series and Annual Sustainable Real Estate Conference foster discussions on critical issues, trends, and innovations with industry leaders.

SBE encourages students to adopt a forward-thinking approach to their education and to make an immediate impact on “green” initiatives, taking into consideration not only what is built, but also where, how, and for whom. The Student Technical Assistance Team (STAT) enables students to work directly with a nonprofit organization or government agency on a specific project to improve sustainability. Currently, STAT is working with NYU to pre-certify future building projects for LEED certification. The Sustainable Real Estate Development Graduate Student Annual Competition is the largest university-sponsored competition focused on sustainable real estate development.