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Brodie Boland

Helps leading real-estate organizations, infrastructure investors, and city governments prepare for the future, including by identifying and mitigating the risks from climate change

Brodie is a leader of McKinsey’s work on climate risk in the real-estate and infrastructure sectors. He serves real-estate organizations, city governments, urban technology providers, and infrastructure investors and operators. He has advised several cities on climate-adaptation strategies (including improving infrastructure resilience to flood, fire, heat, and other hazards) and on the integration of physical adaptation and mitigation measures into economic growth, mobility, and other socioeconomic objectives.

Examples of Brodie’s recent client work include the following:

  • reviewing real-estate and infrastructure portfolios to identify risks related to climate change and supporting clients in mitigating them
  • developing strategies for real-estate developers and investors to expand their capabilities in investment management, development, and operations
  • creating plans for smart, sustainable communities of the future for real-estate and technology companies
  • helping cities understand and prepare for potential risks from climate change

Brodie is a frequent contributor to McKinsey’s knowledge development and a regular speaker at conferences and forums. He is a coauthor of recent McKinsey Global Institute reports on climate risk and smart cities, leveraging his doctoral research on the technological, institutional, and human changes needed to help societies become more environmentally sustainable.

Published work

A new way to decarbonize buildings can lower emissions—profitably,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Building value by decarbonizing the built environment,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Accelerating green growth in the built environment,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

Sustainable spaces: Countering climate risk in capital projects,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

On the path to net-zero steel in building and construction,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Proposed climate rule signals new era for real estate,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Net-zero steel in building and construction: The way forward,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

How cities can adapt to climate change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Will infrastructure bend or break under climate stress?,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2020

Reimagining the office and work life after COVID-19,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Confronting climate risk,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2020

Can coastal cities turn the tide on rising flood risk?,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2020

Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2020

Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2018

Focused acceleration: A strategic approach to climate action in cities to 2030,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Past experience

New America
Research fellow



Case Western Reserve University
PhD, organizational behavior

University of Calgary