Dr. Bruggeman (Ph.D Michigan State U. / Ecological Economics) founded Ecological Services and Markets, an Asheville-based consulting firm, in 2009 to better value natural assets to support sustainable economies. Dr. Bruggeman’s work has centered on developing market-based strategies for mitigating the effects of habitat loss and adapting to climate change. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Banking Association. Prior to completing his PhD, he worked as an Ecotoxicologist supporting Superfund and Brownfield re-development. Dr. Bruggeman is also a licensed REALTOR® with National Land Realty.
Climate Change and Real Estate Investing:
Natural disasters have become a significant factor underlying mortgage default. Further properties less vulnerable to threats such as flooding sell at comparably higher prices. The “Climate Change & Real Estate Investing” class is designed to help Realtors understand the threats that drought, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and sea level rise pose to clients buying or selling real property. Further, we will discuss what the best available science and data indicate regarding the link between these threats and climate change. The class will help Realtors understand risk under climate change, what the existing uncertainties are, and where to find the best available scientific information. While realtors can not be expected to be scientific experts, this course will help realtors direct their clients to critical public data sources.
Smart Growth for 21st Century:
A community functions best with homes for all incomes, jobs, schools, open space, desirable destinations and services, and different ways to reach them—by foot, bicycle, public transit, or automobile. Smart growth is about recognizing and understanding the various facets of a vibrant community and how to achieve and maintain a balance among them. REALTORS® have everything to gain by joining with other community leaders to assure ample homeownership opportunities in communities with efficient transportation, good schools, and open space. After all, REALTORS® sell more than just homes, they sell neighborhoods. And, more than ever, homebuyers want the convenience and value of smart growth. Smart growth focuses on the existing assets of the community, the long-run implications of various development patterns, and their fiscal impacts. The bottom line: some ways of growing are more sustainable than others.