Real Estate and Urban Policy Forum

Upcoming Events

Waylaying the Westside: Experience New York!

Sunday, September 13, 2009 (co-sponsored with ELS)

To honor Henry Hudson’s voyage up the Hudson 400 years ago New York City has inaugurated Harbor Day. NYU ELS and REUPF invite you to join us as we explore New York by Kayak, Bike, Foot, Ferry, and Elevated Railcar. Please join us in the morning or at any time throughout the day.
• 9:30am: Meet in Vanderbilt Courtyard to go kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse in the morning (½ hour kayak)
• 10:30am: Check out Free Bikes provided in honor of Harbor Day. With our new wheels we will head across the southern tip of Manhattan to South Street Seaport and the wonderful New Amsterdam Market, known for its diverse vendors and regional focus. This will be one of many opportunities to grab some snacks or just sample local delights. (remember to bring credit card and ID to check out a bike)
• 11:30am: Heading to the Battery we will return the bikes and watch a Flotilla of fine Dutch ships sail the harbor while listening to Ellen ten Damme “one of the Netherlands’ most provocative singers, songwriters and violinists”
• 1-4pm: After a stop by Tear Drop Park we will head north to catch some music at Hudson Harmony and make our way to the Harbor Day Oyster Festival in order to “commemorate the important role of the oyster in the history of New York City” and join in the 17th century beer tasting competition.
Come or leave at any point throughout the day!
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Feel free to bring friends, family, or strangers!
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Wine and Cheese with Faculty 

Monday, September 14, 2009  4:30pm-6pm @ Snow Dining Room, 4th Floor of Vanderbilt Hall

The Environmental and Land Use Law Center is having its annual wine and cheese mixer in Snow Dining Room in Vanderbilt.  The get-together gives faculty an opportunity to talk about their classes, their research and their needs for research assistance, and allows the student groups to talk about their programs for the coming year.



REUPF Meeting

Thursday, September 29, 2009, 4:30pm @ Vanderbilt classroom 220

This will be a short meeting to talk about events and activities for the rest of the semester and give members the chance to become more involved in planning or just to voice their thoughts on what they would like REUPF to do.



The Energy Efficiency Financing Challenge: Can Capital Markets Deliver Environmental Benefits? A Panel Discussion Presented by Echoing Green's Social Investment Council.

Thursday, September 29, 2009, 6:30pm @ Vanderbilt classroom 220 (Co-sponsored by REUPF and ELS)

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Can markets function to create environmental benefit? One could argue that history shows how global capital markets have been environmentally agnostic at best, and environmentally destructive at worst. What's different today?
A recent McKinsey report indicating a potential $680 billion profit derived from energy savings; despite a number of other high-level reports indicating potential returns generated through efficiency gains, there remains an almost total lack of financing vehicles available to translate energy efficiency into financial returns.
Co-hosted by Echoing Green's Social Investment Council, NYU's Environmental Law Society, and the Real Estate and Urban Policy Forum, this expert panel discussion brings together experts to share their research, demonstration projects, and visionary ideas for what's next in the energy efficiency arena, and what can be done to accelerate the shift toward markets which reward environmental benefit. 
Panelists (complete list to be announced):
Reuben Teague, Principal, Green Coast Enterprises; 2008 Echoing Green Fellow
Susan Leeds, Center for Market Innovation, Natural Resources Defense Council
Adam Freed, New York City Hall, PlaNYC (Mayor's office in charge of a citywide energy efficiency push)
The Social Investment Council at Echoing Green
The Social Investment Council is a group of more than eighty highly talented and socially conscious rising leaders from the private sector who support and spread the word about Echoing Green's work. To find out more about the Council, please visit:


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Coney Island Gallivant


Friday in Oct

REUPF will take interested students on a walk to explore wondrous Coney Island and talk with Developers about the recent renovation of the park and impacts on the community. After Boardwalk and Beach the group will go to Brighton Beach for a Russian Dinner and depending on interest top off the night with an evening Burlesque.




The Story of the Highline

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 8:30 to 10am Puck Building (295 Lafayette St. at Houston) in The Rudin Family Forum

Breakfast is included in this exciting dialogue between Robert Hammond (founder of the Highline) and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen. The Highline represents a radically new example of adaptive re-use of infrastructure in an urban environment, and sets a new bar for creative greening of cityscapes. This event is put on by Wagner. You MUST RSVP at



Apple Picking & Dia Beacon Contemporary Art Museum

Saturday, October 3, 2009 (co-sponsored with ELS)

Come join us for Apple Picking and a visit to one of New York’s best contemporary art museums. Feed your mind while you fill your belly!



Open House New York

Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11, 2009 (All Weekend)

Open House New York is an annual opportunity in early October to explore public and private spaces throughout the city in order to better understand architecture, design, public space, and community development. This year REUPF will promote participation in its tours and educational offerings for all NYU law students in an effort to reveal the city to 1Ls and provide older students with new insights into their surroundings. While REUPF will only arrange tours to several of Open House New York’s events we hope to raise the profile of this unique opportunity for all students.



Bulb Planting with Vicki Been

TENTATIVE: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 4:15pm (co-sponsored with ELS)

Come join REUPF and ELS as we plant bulbs with Professor Vicki Been, drink hot cider, and enjoy life!



Moonlight Hike in the Palisades

TENTATIVE: Monday, November 2, 2009

Join ELS and REUPF to dance with foxes, chase down skunks, and hike with friends as moondrops splatter around!



Transit Museum and Bocce

Early November weekend

Because REUPF loves learning AND building community our Fall Educational Outing will occur in early November and be a guided tour at the Transit Museum in Brooklyn followed by Bocce and Macaroni Cheese Balls at Floyd’s.



Student Career Panel

Middle of November

REUPF will organize a student career panel that includes discussion on real estate careers broadly speaking as well as public interest and government careers. In addition to exposing students to complex issues of real estate and land use the panels will also advise students on the summer job hunt and career planning.


***We will also have several Monday Brownbags featuring professionals working in real estate, land use, and urban policy throughout October and November. Dates and Speakers TBA.

***REUPF will also be cosponsoring many events with the Environmental Law Society. Keep an eye out for postings on the REUPF listserv and elsewhere for urban sustainability brown bags, panel discussions, Cold Spring hikes to enjoy the Fall foliage, Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain, an Overnight on the Appalachian Trail, and more!

***Feel free to bring a non-NYU friend on any REUPF trip (we just can't offer them any discount) -- all are welcome.