Sustainable Land Use in Real Estate

Sustainable Land Use in Real Estate

Not a topic you hear very often in the realm of real estate planning, investment, and growth. The reality is that the absence of sustainable land considerations is problematic in the grand scheme of growth in the industry. Not only will an advanced understanding of sustainable land use in real estate empower you to take on a new portfolio of project types, it’s also an attractive asset to investors.

Land use as a concept is not exclusive to property used in real estate. Instead, think of it as the use of land in both natural and manmade environments designed to sustain communities. Under that umbrella, poorly planned land use risks damaging the ecosystem that contributes to a community’s sustainability and success. A fundamental education in a sustainable alternative will not only garner survival, it will encourage prosperity. All of this is possible by leveraging policies and best practices.

Natural environments

As real estate development expands globally and we, as a species, rely on broader geographic possibilities to expand into new landscapes. Because of this, practical and sustainable land use planning and policies will almost certainly shift from luxurious to mandatory - if only to open the doors to thriving communities in new (or currently) settled areas.

What natural environments all have in common is that they’re ever-changing, and susceptible to interruption and damage. For former demands informed management, and the latter, conservation efforts, but the two are intrinsically linked to whether or not humans can survive and thrive in any given climate and geography. the culmination of those two efforts is, in essence, sustainable land use - ensuring that a community can grow and succeed within the scope of what nature can offer there.

Manmade environments

More than half of the human population currently resides in a city ecosystem. Urban populations grow outward, and cities are being forced to adapt in such a way that efficiency and sustainability are taking centre stage. Innovations that challenge the way we integrate sustainable elements into our structures, our transportation systems, and our growth patterns.

Sydney’s One Central Park is a standing example of how viable improvements are being made in the form of green buildings, - hopefully destined to yield green cities. It’s an exciting time to be participating in the real estate industry with a specialization in sustainability.

Learn more at the Homburg Institute

Homburg’s Sustainable Land Use, with instructor Dr. Youngme Seo, was developed not only to examine how a general land use education couple empower real estate professionals, but to lend a better understanding of the intricacies of the topic. These include zoning and regulation information, urban revitalization strategies and movements, planning, governance & law, green city development, and more. For a full listing, visit the Homburg Institute course catalogue.

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