WASHINGTON—U.S. real estate executive Randall Lewis has donated $10 million to the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the largest single donation in the ULI’s 86-year history.
In honour of the contribution, the ULI has renamed the former Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance the ULI Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate, stated a release. The centre houses ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, the Urban Resilience program and the Greenprint Center for Building Performance.
Lewis stated his donation is aimed at addressing three issues — building resilience against the effects of climate change, creating healthier places for people to live and work, and reducing carbon emissions.
“Synergy between the three parts of the centre is important to me,” said Lewis. “Public health and climate action are very closely related, and many of the solutions will be linked as well. This gift is a way for me to make a personal impact upon one of the world’s most pressing problems and transform millions of lives, and I urge other real estate executives to consider supporting ULI’s far-reaching work.”
Lewis is a longtime ULI member as well as a governor of the ULI Foundation. He also supports the ULI/Randall Lewis Health Mentorship Program.
His past gifts to ULI include a $1 million donation in support of the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative, which focuses on projects to improve the health of people and communities.
Lewis is an executive vice-president and principal of the Lewis Management Corp., a southern California-based developer of master planned communities.